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Identifying and investigating real-world problems from a mathematical perspective is all in the formulation of the question. Associate Professor of Mathematics in the Faculty of Science, Sean Bohun, PhD, has an innate ability to peel back and extract well-posed problems, then critically structure his thinking to develop industry-relevant solutions. One of Canada’s most influential and respected Applied Mathematicians, Dr. Bohun’s contributions to the field span over two decades developing innovative solutions to a wide range of mathematical problems including mineral processing, tissue engineering and scheduling. In recognition of his exceptional leadership and achievements, he was awarded the prestigious 2015 CAIMS Fields Industrial Mathematics Prize, raising Canada’s global profile in industrial mathematics expertise. Dr. Bohun’s latest research focuses on mathematical modelling in the biomedical, transportation and technology industries. He is working on mathematical solutions to increase the signal strength in tunable lasers; extend the rotating disk technique for oil companies to measure and characterize rock formations; use magnetic force for scaffold colonization of stem cells; and predict and account for the distortion of extremely thin glass sheets used in electronics. His interdisciplinary research even branches into sociology by exploring ways to model how people interact with one another. Internationally, he is collaborating with researchers at the University of Oxford to develop imaging techniques using the world’s fastest camera by examining where the exploded fragments settle, then reconstructing the molecules to see the chemical reactions in real time, a technique known as coulomb explosion imaging of molecules. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Physics, earned his Master of Science in Theoretical Physics, and received his Doctorate in Mathematics with a Specialization in Applied Mathematics, all at the University of Victoria. He spent five years as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Penn State University, and co-authored Mathematical Modelling: a Case Studies Approach, before moving back to Canada to join UOIT in 2006. Appointed Undergraduate Program Director in 2014, his teaching concentrates on modelling and industrial math across sciences and other disciplines. For the past decade he has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at York University.

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2015 CAIMS-Fields Industrial Mathematics Prize

March 30, 2015

Dr. Bohun received this award for his invaluable contributions to the Canadian industrial mathematics community beyond any normal measures, in particular as an organizer and participant of nearly every Industrial Modelling Workshop held in Canada, since their inception in 1998, and for his role as founding editor of ICIAM’s newsletter Dionia.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, York University

January 1, 2006

In this role, Dr. Bohun supervises the research of graduate students.

Martha A. Fisher Award for Excellence in Teaching

January 1, 2003

As an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Penn State, Dr. Bohun received this honour for excellence in teaching.

University of Victoria

PhD - Mathematics, Specialization: Applied Mathematics

University of Victoria

MSc - Theoretical Physics

University of Victoria

BSc - Physics
  • The Modelling, Analysis and Optimization of Natural Processes Characterized by a Confluence of Partial Differential Equations of Differing Type

    $  | April 1, 2014

    Awarded by: NSERC Discovery Grant
    Many modern physical processes in the natural sciences and engineering fields are the result of the unique set of circumstances that occurs when materials with differing properties and behaviours are brought into contact, and the resulting boundary is allowed to evolve in time. The primary objective of this five-year research program is to develop an understanding of the mathematical structure that underpins this class of problems in the effort to either impart some control over the associated processes, or achieve some form of optimality.

  • Canadian Industrial and Applied Mathematics Society

  • Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics

  • American Mathematical Society


  • Media appearances

    Prestigious national recognition for UOIT Faculty of Science researcher
    UOIT News online

    April 1, 2015

    For nearly two decades, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) researcher Dr. Sean Bohun has been considered by his peers to be one of Canada’s most influential applied mathematicians. His contributions in the field include developing solutions in a wide range of mathematical problems including mineral processing, tissue engineering and scheduling. In recognition of his outstanding record of achievement, the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society (CAIMS) has named the UOIT Faculty of Science Associate Professor as the winner of the 2015 CAIMS-Fields Prize in Industrial Mathematics. This prize is awarded to a researcher in recognition of exceptional research in any branch of industrial mathematics, interpreted broadly.

    Poll position: UOIT researcher weighs voters’ dilemma in 2014 Toronto mayoral race
    UOIT News online

    April 26, 2014

    For the last few years the City of Toronto has proven to be a very complex political arena. With election day (Monday, October 27) drawing closer, voters are getting a steady diet of mayoral candidate poll results – tallies which are often contradictory and perhaps serve to sustain the rhythmic beat of political rhetoric. Dr. Sean Bohun, an applied mathematics researcher at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), argues methodologies that fail to take modern technology into account may significantly skew the end results of the number crunching process.

  • Past speaking engagements
    • Coulomb Explosions as a Molecular Imaging Technique

      Waterloo, Ontario
      June 7, 2015

      Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society Annual Meeting (CAIMS)

    • The Mathematics of Fear and its Role in Social Change, CAIMS Prize Winners Lecture

      Waterloo, Ontario
      June 10, 2015

      CAIMS Annual Meeting

    • The Mathematics Underlying the Carbonate System

      York University, Toronto, Ontario
      September 16, 2014

      Applied and Industrial Maths Seminar

    • A Math/Chemistry Mashup: The Mathematics Underlying the Carbonate System

      Columbus, Ohio
      May 15, 2014

      International Council for Applied and Industrial Mathematics

    • Scale-Up Issues for the Acheson Process

      University of Oxford, Oxford United Kingdom
      April 7, 2014

      European Study Group with Industry

    • Modelling Mass Transfer in a Rotating Disk Reaction Vessel

      Waterloo, Ontario
      August 30, 2013

      The International Conference on Applied Mathematics, Modelling and Computational Science

    • Coulomb Explosion

      University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
      July 26, 2013

      Maths in Chemistry Study Group, Mathematical Institute

    • Modelling Mass Transfer in a Rotating Disk Reaction Vessel

      Québec City, Québec
      June 20, 2013

      CAIMS Annual Meeting

    • An Introduction to Modern Industrial Mathematics: Modelos Reales para Problemas Reales

      Barcelona, Spain
      September 19, 2012

      Applied Mathematics Seminar, Facultat de Matem`atiques i Estad´ıstica, Universitat Polit`ecnica de Catalunya

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