Mesalands Staff Member selected to present research in Spain

January 26, 2015

Dr. Forrest Kaatz

Dr. Forrest Kaatz

Mesalands Community College is pleased to announce that Dr. Forrest Kaatz, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research, and Adjunct Instructor at Mesalands, will be presenting his mathematical research at the 2015 International Conference on Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering (CMMSE) in Rota, Spain on July 6-10, 2015. Dr. Kaatz will be speaking at the mini-symposium at the conference entitled “Mathematics Meets Chemistry – Theoretical Models at the Nanoscale.”

Dr. Kaatz and his colleague, Professor Adhemar Bultheel, Department of Computer Science at the Katholieke University in Leuven, Belgium, will be presenting their research on “Mathematical Methods in Cluster Science” at the mini-symposium. According to Dr. Kaatz, their research was the first of its kind related to mathematics and nanoclusters, graph theories, and topological indices.

“Anytime you do something that has never been done before, people may be interested in what you learned, while you were conducting your research,” Dr. Kaatz said. “It is always an honor to be asked to present, especially at an international event. There is only a small group of people in the world that work on topological indices and I will have the opportunity to share my research with them, while learning more about their research projects.”

Over the years, Dr. Kaatz has published 30 papers and one book chapter. He also has two patents. Dr. Thomas W. Newsom, President of Mesalands Community College, explains the significance of Dr. Kaatz being invited to present at this international conference.

“It is very exciting that Mesalands Community College has multiple faculty and staff members conducting research here in New Mexico, that is ultimately impacting the world,” Dr. Newsom said. “We are very proud that Dr. Kaatz will be representing our College, our State, and our nation at this international conference. To have a scientist of his caliber at Mesalands, contributes greatly to the College’s academic reputation and shows that meaningful research is being conducted even in small colleges.