Last modified: November 10, 2016

Dr. William J. Martin

Having grown up in Connecticut, Bill Martin completed a BA/MA dual degree program in Mathematics at the State University of New York at Potsdam in 1986, staying an extra semester to complete an undergraduate major in Computer Science as well. He spent three summers (1986-8) as a Summer Research Associate at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ, these last while enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. In 1992, Martin completed his PhD in Combinatorics and Optimization at the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Chris Godsil.

Martin has held tenured positions at the University of Winnipeg and at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Having been promoted from the rank of Associate Professor in 2009, he is currently Professor of Mathematical Sciences at WPI with an affiliated appointment in Computer Science. He has held visiting positions at the University of Vermont (1992-3), the Center for Applied Cryptographic Research at the University of Waterloo (1999-2000), the Department of Mathematics at MIT (2006-7), The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Delaware (2013) and at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) at Brown University (2014). From 2004 to 2006, he held the position of Associate Department Head in Mathematical Sciences at WPI.

Martin is the author of over 35 scholarly publications in areas ranging from graph theory to cryptography, coding theory to quasi-Monte Carlo methods. His main focus is the combinatorial theory of association schemes. He has served as reviewer for grant proposals in five countries, referee for over a dozen scholarly journals, and has organized several special sessions and small conferences. Martin is a fellow of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications.

Over the past two decades, Martin's research efforts have received seven years of funding through Canada's National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, twelve years of funding through the US National Science Foundation and six years of funding through the US National Security Agency. Martin has also been PI, co-PI or team member on several hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment grants and conference/workshop grants. These, together, total over 2.2 million US dollars in funding.

Bill is also interested in the teaching of mathematics, enrichment programs for K-12, and music.

November 2016 CV, in PDF format.

And here is another blurb, from early 2017:

Originally from Connecticut, Bill Martin completed his B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from SUNY Potsdam in 1986 and completed an M.A. in mathematics that same year. Bill spent three summers working at Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ, while in graduate school, completing his Ph.D. in Combinatorics and Optimization at the University of Waterloo in 1992. He was at the University of Winnipeg from 1993 to 2000 and is now Professor of Mathematical Sciences (and Computer Science, and Bioinformatics and Computational Biology) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA (arriving in 2000). He has held visiting positions at University of Vermont, University of Waterloo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pohang University of Science and Technology, University of Delaware, and Brown University. He has visited 25 countries and has given invited lectures in a dozen countries. He is a Fellow of the Institute for Combinatorics and its Applications and a member of the editorial board of its Bulletin. Bill's mathematical interests span a continuum from algebraic combinatorics to theoretical computer science. His main research areas are Delsarte Theory -- the study of codes and designs in association schemes -- and cryptographic hardware. He is also interested in complexity theory and quantum information theory. Outside of mathematics, Bill enjoys food, movies and cultural phenomena from around the world, and still occasionally plinks on his guitar at very high volume. His other jobs over the years have included delivering milk, helping at a printing press, managing a warehouse, repairing windows, and flipping steaks at Maxfields in Potsdam, NY.