Chris Mccarthy

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Assistant Professor


Office: N-599A

Office Hours:

Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=5235

Chris McCarthy received his PhD in mathematics from the CUNY Graduate Center. His doctoral research involved both pure and applied mathematics. His dissertation is titled: The Hilbert Projective Metric, Multi-type Branching Processes and Mathematical Biology: a Model of the Evolution of Resistance. It is about the mathematics of how diseases become resistant to treatment. Chris McCarthy’s current research involves a mix of pure and applied math. However, the majority of his current work involves mathematical modeling. McCarthy enjoys working with students and being involved in math education projects. When not working, McCarthy enjoys hiking, swimming and the arts. Regarding the arts. McCarthy’s art was displayed at the Mathematical Art Exhibition at the 2018 Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Diego.


Statistics, Mathematical Biology, Geometry, Differential Equations


  • Ph.D. CUNY, Mathematics,2010

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • Editor & webmaster: Quaternion Notices
    Quaternion Notices is dedicated to disseminating news about quaternion conference sessions, seminars, and individual presentations, as well as to archiving related materials.
  • Organizer: AMS Special Session on Quaternions
    2019 Joint Math Meetings in Baltimore, Maryland, January 16 – 19, 2019.
    2018 Joint Math Meetings in San Diego, California, January 10 – 13, 2018.
    2017 Joint Math Meetings in Atlanta, Georgia, January 4 – 7, 2017.
  • Bioremediation project.
    This project is a continuation of research conducted with Professors Navarro and Tesfagiorgis, both of BMCC Science under a 2015-2016 C3IRG-Round 12 Grant. My focus is on extending our mathematical models of adsorption based filters. The models involve techniques from recursion theory, stochastic processes, and differential equations.
  • Organizer: AMS Special Session on The Modeling First Approach to Teaching Differential Equations
    2017 Joint Math Meetings, January 4 – 7 in Atlanta Georgia.
  • Organizer: MAA Themed Contributed Paper Session on Enrichment, Experiences, and Examples in Modeling-Based Differential Equations Courses
    2017 MAA Math Fest, July 26 – 29 in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Co-Editor of PRIMUS Special Issue on Teaching Differential Equations
    PRIMUS (Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies) is a math education journal established 1991 and published eight times per year by Taylor & Francis. Planned publication date: 2018.


  • Chris McCarthy, “Hyperplanes that Intersect Each Ray of a Cone Once and a Banach Space Counterexample.” Abstract and Applied Analysis, vol. 2016, Article ID 9623090, Sept 19, 2016.,
  • Chris McCarthy and Johannes Familton. “Virtual Pascal’s Triangles: The Ballot Problem and the Method of Images.” The Electronic Journal of Mathematics and Technology, Volume 11 (Feb 2017) No. 1, accepted July 10, 2016, published February 15, 2017.
  • Chris McCarthy, Brian Winkel. “Condensation”, Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations (SIMIODE) (2016) July 17, 2016.,
  • Chris McCarthy. “Stochastic Birth/Death/Immigration Processes”. Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations (SIMIODE) (2016): February 9, 2016.,
  • Chris McCarthy, Brian Winkel. “Condensation Optimzation”, Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations (SIMIODE) (2016) July 17, 2016.,
  • Chris McCarthy, Brian Winkel., Resources, Community, and Support for Teaching Differential Equations Through Modeling. MathAMATYC Educator. Vol 9, No 1. (Accepted 4/14/2017, publication date Sept. 2017),
  • Michael George, Leonid Khazanov, and Chris McCarthy. “Peer Coaching of At-Risk Students in a Remedial Mathematics Course.” Community College Journal of Research and Practice (2015): 1-17. Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. March 11, 2015.,
  • Chris McCarthy, Johannes Familton. “Virtual Pascal’s Triangles: The Ballot Problem and the Method of Images.” Research Journal of Mathematics & Technology, RJMT Vol. 6, Nr. 1 (June 2017),
  • Chris McCarthy. “Search Lights. The Hilbert Metric Tiling the 2 Simplex”, 2018 Joint Mathematics Meetings Exhibition of Mathematical Art, Edited by Robert Fathauer Nathan Selikoff. Tessellations Publishing 2018 (ISBN 978-1-938664-24-3),

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Affiliations
    American Mathematical Society (AMS),
    American Physical Society (APS physics),
    Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations (SIMIODE).
  • 2010 – 2011 Improving Undergraduate Mathematics Learning Grant
    We studied the effect of peer mentoring on students taking remedial math classes.
  • 2015, 2016 Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP)
    Served as faculty mentor to student research projects.
  • 2016, 2017, 2018 CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP)
    Serving as faculty mentor to student research projects.
  • 2017 – 2018 Faculty Development Grant (BMCC)
    Mathematical models of column filters.
  • 2016 June – Named to SIMIODE’s Board of Contributing Advisers
    SIMIODE is a mathematics organization which promotes the teaching of mathematics, especially differential equations through the “modeling first” approach. SIMIODE sponsors workshops, special conference sessions, and publishes peer reviewed modeling scenarios.
  • 2018 – 2020 Master Teacher BMCC Teaching Academy
    Two year appointment starting Spring 2018 to the BMCC Teaching Academy as a Master Teacher (mentoring new professors).
  • 2015 – 2016 C3IRG-Round 12 (Grant)
    “Solid Wastes as an Eco-Friendly Alternative for the Decontamination of Wastewaters”, with Abel Navarro and Kibrewossen Tesfagiorgis, both BMCC Science.
  • 2018 William Stewart Travel Award
    For presenting, chairing or moderating at scholarly conferences.
  • 2015 BMCC Open Educational Resources (OER) Committee
    Choosen to be a member of the BMCC OER Committee. (BMCC Open/Alternative Textbook Pilot Program). Spring 2015.

Additional Information

Mentored Students

Senayit Menasche and Abdulai Jalloh,
The One-Dimensional Filter Equation CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP) (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018).

Ai Ngo,
The One-Dimensional Filter Equation (Differential Equations Solution).
(Honor’s Program, Fall 2017).

Sofia Mvokany,
Schrodinger’s Equation of Quantum Mechanics.
(Honor’s Program, Fall 2017).

Ai Ngo, Xin Liu, and Mayumy Cordova Lozano,
The One Dimensional Filter Equation
(MSEIP, Summer 2017).

Mayumy Cordova Lozano,
Viscoelasticity and Differential Equations.
(Honor’s Program, Spring 2017).

Jie Lan and Jieying Li,
Simulations and mathematical models of condensation, adsorption, and filters. CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP) (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2017). Presented at MAA MathFest Chicago, July 27, 2017.

Evan Rumsky,

Mass Spectrometry & Explosives Detection
(Sensors and Calculus III)

(Honor’s Program, Fall 2016).

Xueying Chen,

The Butterfly Effect and Differential Equations

(Honor’s Program, Fall 2016).

Kyungjjin Lee, Md Emran Hossain, and Sean Hogan,
Simulating and Modeling Adsorption and Condensation-like Processes (MSEIP, Summer 2016).

Evan Rumsky,
Modeling Adsorption Kinetics with Differential Equations

(C3IRG-Round 12, Spring 2016)

Hillel Wolin,

Biological Clocks: Mathematical Models of Circadian Rhythms in Plants

(Honor’s Program, Spring 2016).

Athman Mubarez,

Darcy’s Law of Fluid Flow for Petroleum Engineering

(Honor’s Program, Fall 2015).

Gentiana Rina,
Modeling a Model Suspension Bridge: Differential Equations, Curve Fitting, and Mechanics
(MSEIP, Summer 2015).

Gentiana Rina,

The Suspension Bridge and Differential Equations

(Honor’s Program, Spring 2015).

Susan Blackburn,

The Ideal Rocket Equation

(Honor’s Program, Spring 2015).

Seonin Cho, Min Yeong Hong, and Kwangmin Kim,

Using Differential Equations to Model the Kinetics of Heavy Metal Adsorption onto Tea Leaves

(Independent Research, Spring 2015). Note: Students made presentations at the 2015 MAA Metro Math and the Spuyten Duyvil meetings,

Mohammed Omar,

Ocean Wave Renewable Energy

(Honor’s Program, Fall 2014).

Yong Wook Choi,

Mathematics in our Daily Lives

(Honor’s Program, Fall 2014).

Gregory Rodriguez,

Differential Equations: Ecological Models

(Honor’s Program, Spring 2014).

Pete Weekes,

Differential Equations: Catenary Structures in Architecture

(Honor’s Program, Fall 2013).

Evgeny Goldshtein,

Numerically Calculating Orbits, Differential Equations and the Three-Body Problem

(Honor’s Program, Fall 2012).

Nanda Mlloja,

The Euler and Runge-Kutta Methods in Differential Equations

(Honor’s Program, Fall 2011).

I am always interested in working with motivated students. If you would like to work with me on a project please send me an email or stop by my office.