Why Two Ph.D. Dissertations?
You may be wondering, just like I do, why I have two actual Ph.D.
worked in algebra at Moscow State
University, Moscow, Russia, specializing in regular matrix rings and
algebras. After completing my first Ph.D. I decided to come to the USA
and switch my specialty to applied mathematics. The first applied
project I worked on was a paint mix color optimization problem at
Pittsburgh Paint and Glass (PPG Industries).
The decision to
turn from pure mathematics to applied mathematics proved to be the
right choice since I found that I enjoyed working on applied problems
as much as I had previously enjoyed my work in algebra. It gave me the
opportunity to learn something about the new area of wavelets and their
applications in diverse fields. It also became necessary to extensively
use computers since often the resulting equations could not be solved
analytically nor adequately tested for industrial use.
am very happy to be doing applied math because I have many challenging
problems to work on that hold my interest...