My name is Zachary Sarver. I hold a PhD in mathematics from Auburn University. You most likely followed one of the links in my CV or my resume , so you knew that already. I'll get back to the serious stuff shortly, but here are a few things about me that you won't learn from reading my curriculum vitae:
- Here's what I look like:
- I'm a first generation American. After the war, my grandparents emigrated from Hungary to West Germany, where my mother was born. In the 1960s, they immigrated to Cleavland, OH and became naturalized citizens. How I wound up in the deep south is a story for another time.
- I'm an avid reader, and I mostly read science fiction and fantasy. A shoutout to my favorite author Neal Stephenson.
- I enjoy video games of all kinds, but mostly platformers and arcade-style games. I love to sink my teeth into a good strategy game or RPG when I have the time.
- I collect Sega hardware and games.
- Chess is fun when you play casually, and Go is interesting for a variety of reasons, but what I'm really fascinated with is Arimaa, a game designed to be easy for humans to pick up and play but extremely difficult for computers to master.
- Constructed languages and writing systems fascinate me. I've designed a writing system, and I know just a bit of Lojban. coi rodo .i la lojban. cinri mi.
- I love music of all styles and genres (except country.) I especially enjoy progressive rock, my favorite symphony is Mahler's 2nd, and a big shoutout to OverClocked Remix for the literally hundreds of hours of free music.
And now back to the stuff that you could glean from my CV. My research interests are primarily in:
- linear algebra
- matrix analysis
- Lie theory
I'm unpublished in but interested in multilinear algebra, category theory, symmetric and inverse limit spaces, computability, and programming language design.
On the topic of programming language design, I'm proficient in a few programming languages:
I have at least a little experience in quite a few more: Ruby, Go, Rust, MOS 6502 assembly (on the Atari 2600 and Apple //e,) and Zilog Z80 assembly (on the Sega SG-1000 and Sega Master System.)
I've done a significant amount of teaching in my time at Auburn, and I've been the instructor of record for the following courses:
- Precalculus Algebra
- Calculus I, II, and III
- Business Calculus
- Linear Algebra (sophomore level)
In my spare time (I know, right? Who has that?) I'm active in the Auburn puzzle scene as a participant, puzzle designer, and event organizer. I've become involved in Auburn's AMP'd Challenge and Steven Clontz's Mathematical Puzzle Programs for middle and high school students as a website maintainer, occasional sounding board, and guy who shows up at the meetings for the free food.