Why Steve Wassell loves teaching at Sweet Briar

| March 7, 2012

Steve Wassell’s research interests span all three of the disciplines in which he holds degrees. His principal topic of investigation is the relationship between architecture and mathematics. The most recent product of this research is a 2010 book, “The Mathematical Works of Leon Battista Alberti” (with Kim Williams and Lionel March), which comprises translations and commentaries of four treatises by the prolific 15th century architect and polymath, Alberti. This follows up his 2006 book, “Andrea Palladio: Villa Cornaro in Piombino Dese” (with Branko Mitrović), which presents a full measured survey of one of Palladio’s most influential works, accompanied by essays which discuss the design of the villa, the size of the piede (foot) used in creating the villa, and the elements of the villa such as doors and staircases. He also led a three-day research tour of eight of Palladio’s villas directly after Nexus ’98: Relationships Between Architecture and Mathematics. This workshop was partially supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

In earning a master’s of computer science in May 1999, Wassell researched within the fields of physical design and genetic algorithms. His specialization in mathematics is mathematical physics, and he has published papers in the Journal of Mathematical Physics and Springer Verlag’s Lecture Notes in Physics. He also has been awarded three U.S. patents, including one for a solar-powered lawn mower. His hobbies include playing the guitar, weight-lifting and gardening.

B.S. University of Virginia; M.S. University of Virginia; Ph.D. University of Virginia; M.C.S. University of Virginia

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