Bruce Torrence came to Randolph-Macon in 1993 after receiving his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 1991 and serving as a visiting Professor at Georgetown University for two years. His dissertation is in cobordism theory, a branch of algebraic topology. He also received his masters and bachelors degrees in mathematics, from the University of Maryland and Tufts University, respectively. His research interests include algebraic topology, graph theory, and combinatorics.
Professional offices and recognition include:
- Art Exhibition co-chair with Robert Fathauer for the Bridges conference on mathematical connections in art, music, architecture, education, and culture, 2020 (Helsinki, Finland).
- Program co-chair and Proceedings co-editor with Eve Torrence for the Bridges conference on mathematical connections in art, music, architecture, education, and culture, in 2018 (Stockholm, Sweden) and 2016 (Jyväskylä, Finland).
- Chair, Dept. of Mathematics, 2000-2018.
- Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Professor Award, R-MC, 2017.
- The article “The fundamental theorem of algebra for artists,” coauthored with Bahman Kalantari, was included in The Best Writing on Mathematics 2014 . This article first appeared in Math Horizons (April 2013, pp 26–29).
- Organized Mathematics Awareness Month 2014 with Eve Torrence and Colm Mulcahy.
- A pair of articles on stereographic photography, coauthored with David Swart, were included in The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012.
- Co-editor of Math Horizons, 2009 – 2013.
- John M. Smith award for excellence in mathematics teaching, Mathematical Association of America, 2008.
- Coauthor, with Prof. Eve Torrence, of The Student’s Introduction to Mathematica – A Handbook for Precalculus, Calculus, and Linear Algebra”, available from Cambridge University Press. The third edition is currently in production, to be released later in 2018.
- Co-director of the Honors Program at Randolph-Macon, 1997-2000.
- Recipient: NSF Grant for the creation of a computer classroom for the Mathematics
Off campus, Prof. Torrence enjoys cycling, photography, and jazz. While he’s not yet explored ways to combine jazz or cycling with mathematics, he has done so with his photography. You can view some of Dr. Torrence’s mathematical photos on flickr, and you can read about them here.