Dr. Stephen Fast

Dr. Stephen Fast                                                           Stephen_Fast
Professor of Mathematics
Chair of the Mathematics Department


  • Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • B.A., University of Akron

Particular Mathematical Interests

  • General Topology
  • Philosophy of Mathematics

Courses fall 2014

  • MA 300 Discrete Mathematics
  • MA 304W History of Mathematics
  • MA 550 Quantitative Methods


Personal Interests

  • Family- my wife (Judy) and I have five sons, ages 9 to 30.  The eldest is a chemical engineer for ExxonMobil and the second works for AGC Partners, a global investment banking firm that specializes in mergers and aquisitions advisory services.  Our third son is a mechanical/applications engineer for Freightliner Trucks, and our fourth son is in the graduate school of Rice University where he studies mathematics.  So each of our grown sons has gone into work that involves mathematics, analytical skills, and model building.  The nine year-old enjoys his play time when not doing homeschool.  My wife and I homeschooled our older four sons, and we now do the same for the youngest.
  • Gardening and farming- we have a cattle farm in the Blue Ridge mountains where we spend time in the summer.  My wife and I tend our garden and orchard, and I tend the cattle, hunt, and fish.