Associate Professor of Mathematics
Justin Marks completed his B.S. in Mathematics at Westmont College, and earned his M.S. and doctorate in Mathematics at Colorado State University. His dissertation was in the area of geometric data analysis, with emphasis on developing algorithms for computing mean representatives for a collection of points on a Riemannian manifold. Marks held four postdoctoral positions, including appointments with MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Air Force Institute of Technology, Bowdoin College and Wesleyan University. He comes to Biola after serving three years as an assistant professor at Gonzaga University, during which he helped launch a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics, and taught for a semester in Florence, Italy. Marks' current research interests center on designing matrix manifold algorithms to extract useful information from big data sets, such as images of human faces and hyperspectral imagery. A native of Palo Alto in the San Francisco Bay area, Marks is delighted to return to sunny California.