"Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ◼ Albert Einstein


Dr. Vinodh Chellamuthu joined Utah Tech University (formerly Dixie State University) in 2015 after completing his graduate work at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His main research interests lie in Mathematical Modeling. The process of beginning with a small concept and ending with a mathematical model that mimics real-time experimental observations has always motivated Chellamuthu in his work. 

A passionate proponent of undergraduate research, Dr. Chellamuthu regularly engages undergraduates in problems related to his research program, and he fosters a commitment in his students to disseminate their work through publications and national/regional presentations. His work with students has led to over 100 student presentations at various conferences. In recognition of his success in mentoring undergraduate research, Dr. Chellamuthu received the 2020 Early Career Mentoring Award from the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science within the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). He has a passion for recruiting and training students to participate in the international mathematics competition Mathematical Contest in Modeling. He is passionate about incorporating effective teaching practices in the classroom, sharing resources for teaching, and ‘preaching’ the value of mathematical modeling. He has recruited and prepared over 50 students to participate in mathematical modeling competitions, including MCM/ICM and SCUDEM. 

As a dedicated teacher-scholar, Dr. Chellamuthu received several awards including the 2022 Henry Alder Award from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), Utah Tech University's Distinguished University Research Award in 2023 and the Utah Tech University's Distinguished University Teaching Award in 2019, and he was chosen as a 2019 national Project SLOPE Research fellow. During his tenure at DSU, Dr. Chellamuthu has incorporated various SoTL projects related to "Active Learning. Active Life" with the support of Learning Innovation Grants through Utah Tech University's Center for Teaching and Learning. In 2019, Dr. Chellamuthu received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Intermountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). 

Dr. Chellamuthu currently serves as a councilor for CUR (in the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science), Program Coordinator of UR SIGMAA, and Vice-Chair of Programs for BIG SIGMAA, a special interest group of the MAA that provides resources and a forum for mathematicians working in business, industry, and government.  In addition, he currently serves as a Chair for the Mathematical Association of America Intermountain Section. 


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