Paul Koester
Department of Mathematics
University of Kentucky

Patterson Office Tower 707
(859) 257-6802
paulhkoester at uky dot edu
Review Sessions for Actuary Exams
The Simpsons and Mathematics
Teaching Stuff
I am teaching Finite Mathematics (Math 162) and Probability Theory (Math 320) in Spring 2014.
Professional Stuff
  • I am currently seeking the Society of Actuary's ASA designation. I have completed the 5 preliminary exams (Probability, Financial Mathematics, Models of Financial Economics, Construction of Actuarial Models, and Models for Life Contingencies). I am currently working on the Fundamentals of Actuarial Practice Module.
  • I hold review sessions to help students through the preliminary actuary exams. Please contact me if you plan on sitting for any of the preliminary actuary exams.
  • I am a WeBWorK problem author. I am currently working on re-designing on-line homework problems for UK's Contemporary Mathematics course.
Research Stuff
My interests lie somewhere in the intersection of harmonic analysis, extremal combinatorics, and arithmetic combinatorics.

Music Stuff
I have played guitar since I was twelve. A few years ago I started playing mandolin and banjo. My musical tastes tend to change every few years. Currently, I mostly listen to jazz and world music. Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Frank Zappa, John McLaughlin, Bill Frisell, Jim Hall, and U. Srinivas are some of my favorites. You will find me at most local performances by the Osland-Dailey Jazztet and DOJO.

I am a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at the Univerisity of Kentucky, in Lexington. Before moving to Lexington I was a visiting assistant professor (academic year 2008 - 2009) in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at St. Louis University. Before that I was (academic year 2007 - 2008) a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana. I received my A.M. in Mathematics in 2002 and my Ph.D. in Mathematics in 2007 from Washington Univerisity in St. Louis. My thesis advisor was Richard Rochberg . My dissertation was in arithmetic combinatorics, more specifically on an extension of Gowers' quantitative version of Szemeredi's Theorem on arithmetic progressions. In college I studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. I spent most of my time in high school studying music theory, playing guitar in heavy metal bands, and working as a cook at a steakhouse.

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