Florida Polytechnic University professor makes math meaningful for students

Nov 09, 2018
Florida Polytechnic University professor makes math meaningful for students
Florida Polytechnic University’s Abigail Bowers is in her third year as an assistant professor of mathematics.

Editor’s Note: At Florida Poly, we’re 100 percent STEM so it’s only natural that we’re turning National STEM Day 2018 (Nov. 8) into a weeklong celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Abigail Bowers knew at a young age she had a connection to math, and her passion for the power of math has not wavered. Bowers is in her third year as an assistant professor of mathematics at Florida Polytechnic University where she is committed to student success, enjoys the collaborative nature of the University and is motivated to show students the importance of math.

She came to Florida Poly in fall 2016 after spending two years as a visiting professor at Clemson University, where she earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in mathematics. She said she enjoys the idea of being able to play a part in shaping the direction of the young university.

“With the small size, I’ve had the chance to teach a large proportion of the students here,” she said. “It’s nice to be able to continue to help students from past semesters and to see familiar faces when you’re walking down the hall.”

Bowers’ research is focused on modeling fluid flow and developing equations that will lead to more efficient and accurate simulations. Some of the ways the research could be used include predicting blood flow through arteries, the flow of ground water, and even aerodynamics. She teaches three, sometimes four, classes per semester, all of which are interconnected with other disciplines.

“The classes we teach and the projects we are involved with are more application-focused and centered on how we can relate them to solving a real-life problem. Our strictly STEM identity makes it special and, because of that, a lot of students and faculty here have more of a common focus, and you can see that with a lot of the projects and activities here.”

This past summer, Bowers helped organize the curriculum at a week-long STEAM boot camp held at Florida Poly. It’s another example of her ability to be a role model for all students who share a love of math, particularly women who look to follow her path of a career in STEM.

“I’m really passionate about helping students at all levels learn to enjoy and excel at math,” she said. “The faculty here really know the students and are invested in their future, and I want to do whatever I can to make sure they are successful when they leave.”

Lydia Guzman
Assistant Director of Communications