Dr. Rick Silvey
Dr. Rick Silvey, mathematics program director and professor of mathematics, joined the faculty of the University of Saint Mary in 2000. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Missouri Western State University and both his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Dr. Silvey has been teaching mathematics since 1992 and has taught at Missouri Western State University, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Maple Woods Community College, Johnson County Community College, and Allen County Community College. Dr. Silvey teaches a wide range of courses including calculus, linear algebra, statistics, math reasoning, math modeling, probability, history of math, modern geometry and abstract algebra.
Dr. Silvey's research interest is in the field of Numerical Linear Algebra. In particular, he developed a hybrid algorithm using the QR Algorithm and Rayleigh Quotient to extract the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a symmetric matrix.