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Matthew Tanzy, PhD

Matthew Tanzy

Associate Professor
Campus Address: ETV 220
Phone: 302.857.5716
Email: mtanzy [at] desu.edu


  • Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2013
  • M.S., Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University, 2013
  • B.S., Applied Mathematics (with Highest Honor), Georgia Institute for Technology, 2007
  • B.S., Physics (with Highest Honor), Georgia Institute for Technology, 2007


Delaware State University, Dover, DE

  • Mathematics Teacher’s Institute 2016 and 2017
  • PBL Chats, 2014-2016

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

  • Graduate Teaching Certificate Program, 2011-2012
  • Advanced Presentation Skills Seminar, 2010


My research has been in different areas of modelling. I have examined both combustion engineering and population modelling problems using computational and asymptotic solutions to PDE models. For population modelling problems, I focus on examining non-stationary stable states.

Research Expertise

  • Numerical Methods
  • Combustion Synthesis
  • Population Modelling
  • Reaction-Diffusion Equations with Nonlocal Interactions
  • Applied Mathematics Modelling
  • Computational Methods
  • Asymptotic Methods

Consultation Expertise

My research has focused computational solutions to modelling problems with some work on asymptotic solutions. I have also done some personal work on quantitative analysis of teaching outcomes for my growth as an instructor.


Delaware State University

  • M. C. Tanzy, V. A. Volpert, A. Bayliss, M. E. Nehrkorn A Nagumo-Type Model for Competing Populations with Nonlocal Coupling. Mathematical Biosciences, 263, 2015, Pages 70-82

Northwestern University

  • M. C. Tanzy, V. A. Volpert, A. Bayliss, M. E. Nehrkorn Stability and Pattern Formation for Competing Populations with Asymmetric Nonlocal Coupling. Mathematical Biosciences, 246(1), 2013, Pages 14-26
  • M. C. Tanzy, E. M. Lennon, V. A. Volpert, A. Bayliss, Competing Reactions in Condensed Phase Combustion: Wave Structure and Stability. Journal of Engineering Mathematics Volume 80, Issue 1, June 2013, Pages 129-145
  • Alvin Bayliss, Erin M. Lennon, Matthew C. Tanzy, Vladimir A Volpert, Solution of Adiabatic and NonAdiabatic Combustion Problems Using Step-Function Reaction Models. Journal of Engineering Mathematics, Volume 79, Issue 1, 2013-04-01, Pages 101-124
  • E. M. Lennon, M. C. Tanzy, V. A. Volpert, A. S. Mukasyan, A. Bayliss, Combustion of reactive solutions impregnated into a cellulose carrier: modelling of two combustion fronts. Chemical Engineering Journal, Volume 174, Issue 1, 15 October 2011, Pages 333-340 - This article was highlighted on the cover of the journal.


  • Problem Solving in Math Class Before Instruction, Engaging Learners in the 21st Century, Mercer County Community College, Aug. 2017
  • Delaware State University: 360◦ of Learning, National Convening on HBCUs as Leaders in STEM, Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, University of Pennsylvania, Sept. 2016
  • Non-linear Pattern Formation in Modeling Competing Populations, Department of Mathematical Sciences Seminar, Delaware State University, Nov 2013
  • Modeling Competing Population Dynamics, Poster for NU-FIRST, Northwestern University, May 2013
  • Dynamic Tumor Growth Modelling, Final Group Presentation at Mathematical Problems in Industry workshop, New Jersey Institute of Technology, June 2011
  • Combustion waves with Multiple Reactions, RTG seminar, Northwestern University, April 2011
  • Solution Combustion Synthesis, Presentation to AP Calc. high school students connecting the research to calculus and differential equations, Northwestern University, September 2010


  • Stein, Andrew, et al. Dynamic models of metastatic tumour growth. 27th annual workshop on mathematical problems in industry. New Jersey Institute of Technology. 2011.


  • Co-PI for a Subgrant from the University of Pennsylvania for capacity building in STEM Education awarded by the Helmsley Charitable Trust, Spring 2016
  • BioEXCEL Instructor Award, July 2012
  • Terminal Year Cabell Fellowship, Fall 2012
  • Supported by the Applied Math RTG (Research Training Grant), Ongoing • Cabell Fellowship, Fall 2007 - Spring 2008


  • Associate Professor, Delaware State University, 2018 - Present
  • Assistant Professor, Delaware State University, 2013 - 2018
  • Instructor, EXCEL/BioEXCEL program at Northwestern University, 2010 and 2012
  • Teaching Assistant, Northwestern University, 2009 - 2012