Location: 1156 Ingersoll Hall
David Finston's early years were spent in New York, including Andries Hudde Junior High School and Midwood High School, before leaving for undergraduate work at the University of Rochester. Mathematics was not a particular interest until a course integrating linear algebra and differential equations resonated with him. His early research applied to an algebraic framework for systems of differential equations. After six years at Virginia Commonwealth and one at Wisconsin, he moved to New Mexico State, where he served for 22 years, four as department head. His research became more geometric, he advised five Ph.D. students, and he worked to improve conditions for minority graduate students. Finston retired from NMSU in 2012 to begin his service as chair at Brooklyn College.