Robert Spahn - CV


Albany, NY, USA

rspahn at albany dot edu

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Objectives and Interests

Professional Objectives
  • To secure a challenging position in a reputable organization to expand my learnings, knowledge, and skills.
  • A highly organized and hard-working individual looking for a responsible position to gain practical experience.
  • Become project management certified
Research Interests
  • Geoemetric group theory
  • Topological properties of infinite groups


University at Albany
Ph.D. in Mathematics     August 2015 - May 2021
Advisor: Matthew Zaremsky
Dissertation: Braided Brin-Thompson Groups are of type F
Masters of Arts in Mathematics August 2015 - December 2017

State University of New York at Potsdam
Bachelor of Arts August 2012 - May 2015
Major: Mathematics, Minor: Writing
Graduated magna cum laude with honors distinction

Work Experience

Department of Defense

Applied Research Mathematician
March 2022 - Current
  • Make fundamental contributions to the Agency mission
  • Extend the application of mathematics into nontraditional mission areas
  • Formulate and carry out aggressive attacks on the most important technical problems
  • Bring the full power of mathematics to bear on exciting problems
  • Develop a indivualized research approach to problem solving
  • Cultivate and diversify experiences and skills
  • Build and leverage a professional network

University at Albany

Adjunct Lecturer, Mathematics Department
August 2019 - March 2022
  • Inspire classes of 60+ students in 100 level courses to learn mathematics
  • Accommodate students in a new class modality with video recordings
  • Regulate course websites to aid in students learning
Teaching Assistant, Mathematics Department
Aug 2015 – May 2016, Jan 2018 – May 2018
  • Tutored groups of students in the Mathematics Department tutoring center for 6-7 hours a week
  • Graded and proctored tests for a department lecturer
Tutor, Mathematics Department
Fall 2017 – Spring 2019
  • Assisted groups of students in learning mathematics in the tutoring center

Siena College, Loudonville, NY

Adjunct Lecturer
August 2016 - May 2021
  • Inspire classes of 60+ students in 100 level courses to learn mathematics
  • Accommodate students in a new class modality with video recordings
  • Regulate course websites to aid in students learning

Usdan: Summer Camp for the Arts, Huntington, NY

Lead Assistant Teacher, Chess Department,
Summers 2015 - 2019
  • Taught and assessed Chess skills to those of novice through expert skill level, grades 2-12th
  • Supervised chess tournaments and games throughout the summer
  • Recorded attendance for classes occurring throughout the day
Aftercare counselor
Summers 2016 - 2019
  • Supervised children for a few hours after camp
  • Organized activities for children during aftercare hours

SUNY Potsdam

Facilities Manager, Campus Life
August 2013 - May 2015
  • Managed and staffed events in various Campus Life facilities
  • Assessed and allocated stage equipment for large events
  • Accomplished tasks as part of a team within a timely manner
  • Supervised the information booth for student assistants when they needed help
  • Assisted with the use of microphones and a sound board when events requested them

Tutoring Experience

  • January 2017 – present: Solve problems online with students through
  • October 2016 – present: Strengthened students knowledge in private sessions through Wyzant
  • April 2017 – October 2021: Tutor students through Parliament Tutors privately
  • Aug 2014 – May 2015: Motivated students to learn through TRiO Student Support Services
  • Aug 2014 – May 2015: Guided SUNY Potsdam students mathematics skills through tutoring

Publications and Presentations


To appear
  • R. Spahn, M. Zaremsky. "The BNSR-invariants of the Stein group."
    J. Group Theory. View on arXiv (11 pages)
  • R. Spahn. "Braided Brin-Thompson Groups."
    View on arXiv. Submitted January 2021. (29 pages)

Conference Presentations

  • "Σ-invariants of Brown-Thompson-Stein Groups," November 2020, BUGCAT
  • "Introduction to sVbr," May 2020, Zassenhaus Groups and Friends Conference
  • "Braided Brin-Thompson Groups," November 2019, BUGCAT
  • Joint Mathematics Meeting, Baltimore, MD, January 2014 (poster presentation)


University at Albany

  • Lecturer for Calculus 2 (two sections)
  • Lecturer for Calculus 1 (two sections)
  • Lecturer for Precalculus (three sections)
  • Teaching Assistant (grader) for Statistics and Survey of Calculus (three sections)

Siena College

  • Lecturer for Calculus 1A (four sections)
  • Lecturer for Calculus 2 (one section)
  • Lecturer for Precalculus (two sections)

Awards and Honors

  • Anthony J. Palangi Memorial Outstanding Kiwanian Award, March 2020
  • Pi Mu Epsilon, inducted April 2014
  • Phi Kappa Phi, inducted March 2014
  • Phi Eta Sigma, inducted April 2013
  • Senior Pi Mu Epsilon Award, April 2015
  • Distinguished Outstanding President Award, Circle K International, March 2014
  • President’s List, Dean’s List, 5 semesters
  • Eagle Scout, November 2009


  • SUNY Potsdam Honors Program (graduated with Advanced and General honors)
  • American Mathematical Society, Fall 2019 to Spring 2022
  • Graduate Association of Modern Mathematics at Albany, Fall 2015 to Spring 2022 (formerly Albany Mathematical Initiative)

Computer Skills

  • Microsoft Office, Excel, Word
  • Basic Python, C#, Javascript
  • Basic HTML