Professor Aaron Trautwein specializes in knot theory, a subfield of topology, which is the area of mathematics that examines shape. In particular, he studies the physical and theoretical properties of harmonic knots and their applications. He has presented numerous talks on his research and wrote the chapter "An Introduction to Harmonic Knots" for the book Ideal Knots.
At Carthage, Prof. Trautwein teaches an array of courses for the Mathematics Department and Western Heritage Program, including multivariate calculus, linear and abstract algebra, and Western Heritage I and II. He was selected as Carthage's Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2001.
He earned his Ph.D. in topology from the University of Iowa, his M.A. in mathematics from St. Louis University, and his B.A. in mathematics and secondary education from Washington University (St. Louis). He joined the Carthage faculty in 1995. Read more.
"My favorite professor? Aaron Trautwein, because I can talk to him about anything. As my advisor, he's helped me plan my academic progress and career transition." — Trevor Whately, '10
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