About Me

I was born in Akron Ohio to Judith and Donald Bennett. I attended the Dalton Local Schools and received a diploma in 1982.

I attended the University of Akron and Wayne College (a branch of the Akron U in Orrville Ohio) where I received a bachelor's degree in Mathematics in 1986.

I attended Kent State University and received a Masters Degree in Computer Science in 1990. My adviser was Paul Wang and my thesis was A Mathematically Oriented Graphics Package Based on the X Window System.

From 1990 until August 2001, I was a systems administrator in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Kent. During this time I taught various classes in Mathematics and Computer Science.

In 1993 I married Michele M. Menegay. We have two children, Rachel and Elizabeth.

In August 2001 I became an Assistant Professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

I completed a Ph. D. in Computer Science at Kent State University in 2010. My advisers were Dr. Paul Farrell and Dr. Arden Ruttan. My dissertation title was Tools and techniques for locating and steering parallel simulations through bifurcation points. The work involved steering, scientific visualization, scientific computation, and parallel computing.

In August 2020 I was promoted to Associate Professor.

When Edinboro was merged into Pennsylvania Western University of Pennsylvania in July of 2022, I guess I started a new job?

Erdös Number

I have an Erdös number of 4.
1. Vincze István
Paul Erdös and István Vincze. "On the Approximation of Convex, Closed Plane Curves by Multifocal Ellipses." Journal of Applied Probability, vol. 19, 1982, pp. 89-96.
2. Richard S. Varga
George Csordas, Richard S. Varga and István Vincze. "Jensen polynomials with applications to the Riemann ζ-function." Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications 153.1 (1990) pp. 112-135.
3. Arden Ruttan
Arden Ruttan and Richard S Varga. "A Unified Theory for Real vs Complex Rational Chebyshev Approximation on an Interval" Transactions of the American Mathematical Society Vol. 312 Iss. 2 (1989) pp. 681 - 697
4. Dan Bennett
Dan Bennett, Cara Stein, Paul A. Farrell and Arden Ruttan. "A Steering and Visualization Toolkit for Distributed Applications", The Proceedings of the 2006 International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Processing Techniques and Applications (PDPTA'06 ), pp 451--457.

(Semi-)Bacon Number

I have a (semi, through TV) Bacon number of at most 7. But it really doesn't count since TV is not film... Oh well!