Department of Science, Mathematics & Technology Chair and Professor of Mathematics Vochita Mihai, Ph.D., has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Dr. Brian R. Shero Teaching Excellence & Campus Leadership Award. Announced each year at Commencement, this award is presented annually at the fall semester Honors Convocation to a Medaille College faculty member who defines teaching excellence and leadership throughout the College community.
“I am humbled and honored to be the recipient of the Dr. Brian Shero award,” says Dr. Mihai. “Medaille College is my home away from home, and I am proud to be part of this community. As an institution of higher learning, Medaille is defined by the academic excellence and scholarship of its students and faculty. Looking at the accomplishments of our community, we should be proud of what Medaille College is.”
As this year’s recipient, Dr. Mihai formally received the award and gave the keynote address to student honorees at the 2021 Honors Convocation on October 22.
“Your personal growth and success may be achieved as long as you continue to hold and live by your core values,” she said to attendees. “I encourage you to continue on this path and stick with your values, because your values define who you are and what your core mission is about, so you can better serve others, setting the grounds for a better future.”
Originally from Bucharest, Romania, Dr. Mihai received her B.S. in mathematics and M.S. in non-Euclidian geometry from the University of Bucharest. Afterwards, she moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she completed another M.S. and a Ph.D. in mathematics at Louisiana State University.
Dr. Mihai begin teaching mathematics at Medaille in 2005. Now, 16 years later, she is a full professor and the chair of the Department of Science, Mathematics & Technology. She has taught a variety of mathematics courses from the introductory level to the more advanced level, has supervised student research projects and math clubs, and led the development of Medaille’s applied mathematics: data science & actuary (B.S.) program.
Dr. Mihai is passionate about teaching mathematics, and her research interest is in the general area of infinite dimensional analysis, more specifically, Radon transform on infinite dimensional spaces, named The Gauss-Radon Transform. She is looking forward to continuing her study of the applications of this new transform on her sabbatical in spring 2022.