Professor Ben Ford Does the Math...and More

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Dr. Ben Ford came to SSU in 1998 and holds several degrees in mathematics including his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. His research is in the area of representation theory of groups, specifically in the modular representation theory of algebraic and finite symmetric groups and has appeared in over 12 publications in the field of mathematics.

“The combination of quality, impact and breadth in Dr. Ford’s work is unparalleled,” said one of his colleagues.

Ford’s interest in mathematics varies from his primary research to other aspects such as the application of mathematics in other fields. He has spoken on the mathematics of protein folding, traffic jams, and language. He has had 39 invited speaking engagements throughout the nation to tackle these and other subjects related to his field.

Ford was also recognized as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow from 1996-1998.

Since Joining the Sonoma State Faculty, he has received more than $9 million in overall grant funding. He has also served on numerous committees in mathematics and curriculum development, including serving as Chair of the SSU Faculty during 2011-2012.

In the classroom, Ford “never takes credit for his students’ achievements, even when he left them a very clear trail of breadcrumbs to follow,” said another colleague.

When he is not teaching, he works alongside members of the Sonoma County Office of Education as a mathematics liaison to help K-12 educators throughout the county improve how they approach the subject of mathematics.

“Ben makes the whole mathematics community stronger. He leads by making other leaders as well,” observed a math colleague.