John Quah

Education Profile:

PhD, University of Maryland
MS, University of Maryland
BS, Bates College


John Quah has served WAU since 2012 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science. He brings to the department his experience as an Adjunct Professor at Montgomery College, and two years teaching high school students in Washington, D.C.

John received a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Bates College in 2003. He continued on to graduate school at the University of Maryland in College Park, where he received his M.S. in Applied Mathematics in 2007 followed by his Ph.D. in 2009. His Ph.D. dissertation was entitled "A Macroscale Perspective of Near-Equilibrium Relaxation of Stepped Crystal Surfaces," for whose defense he had to navigate the contested territory staked out by chemists, physicists, and mathematicians. He began conducting math classes in the Fall of 2005 as a graduate student, but only after dabbling in various nonprofit and small business ventures did he wholly commit to the teaching profession.

Research and Professional Activities:

His current interests include math and physics education; land utilization and its effect on communities and global climate; the application of physical science principles to understanding everyday phenomena; and the creative use of data visualization. He has called Maryland his home longer than the six other states that have claimed that title and finds writing about himself in the third person extremely disconcerting.