Allan Mills

Allan Mills

Name:

Allan D.  Mills

Title:

Professor and Department Chair

Department:

Mathematics

Email Address:

amills@tntech.edu

Phone:

(931) 372-3569

Office:

Foundation Hall 220

About

My favorite topic of mathematical research is an abstract area of discrete mathematics called Matroid Theory.  Hassler Whitney defined matroids in 1935 to study properties of dependence common to Linear Algebra and Graph Theory.  If you enjoyed studying linear independence in a Linear Algebra class or are intrigued by figures such as the Fano plane shown below,

 fanoplane

you might like to learn about matroids.  A good place to start is the paper, "Briefly, What is a Matroid?" written by James G. Oxley.