Erzsebet Dombi
  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

After finishing an MSc Mathematics with Teaching degree at Bolyai Institute, University of Szeged (Hungary), I started doing research in semigroup theory under the supervsion of Prof Maria Szendrei which led me to complete a PhD degree at the University of St Andrews in 2005 under the supervision of Prof Nik Ruskuc.  Subsequently, I was a visiting researcher at Heriot-Watt University and at the University of Glasgow before securing a Research Associate position in the Management Science Department at the University of Strathcylde, where I taught undergraduate and postgraduae classes and started doing research in the area of combinatorial optimization. 

I joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics as a Teaching Associate in 2013. I teach a wide range of undergraduate classes and supervise fourth year projects. My current responsibilities include convening the Athena SWAN self-assessment team, second year co-ordination, MM117 class co-ordination and supporting students in the organisation of the Department's Alumni networking event. As a STEM Ambassador, I am also very keen to promote mathematics in primary and secondary schools and deliver outreach activities.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching Interests

I am teaching the following classes in 2019/20:

First semester

MM302 Differential Equations

MM201 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 

MM117 Mathematics 1M

Second semester

MM117 Mathematics 1M

MM211/MM213  Mathematics 3B/Engineering Mathematics 3E


Project supervision

In recent years, I supervised fourth year projects in the following areas:

  • Cryptography
  • Shortest Path Algorithms
  • Automata and Formal Language Theory
  • Conformal Mappings
  • Riemann zeta function
  • Inverse semigroup theory


Research Interests

Research problems I have worked on relate to the following areas:

  • inverse semigroups, automata and formal language theory
  • combinatorial optimization

Pedagogical research interests include:

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of St Andrews

21 Sep 200121 Sep 2004

Master of Mathematics, University of Szeged