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After growing up near the Magothy River in Arnold, Maryland, Amy attended Mt. St. Mary's University, then moved south for graduate school at North Carolina State University, where she graduated from the Operations Research program. She stayed in Raleigh, NC to study as a postdoc with Carl Meyer, and this experience became the most influential and exciting of her career, studies, and aspirations. Carl and Amy's professional relationship developed into a mentoring relationship and a friendship that produced some very interesting
work, including their book, Google's PageRank and Beyond: The Science of Search Engine Rankings
In 2005, Amy moved further south to settle in as the Operations Research specialist in the Mathematics Department at the College of Charleston, in beautiful Charleston, SC. Amy has found the southern climate, both literally in degrees Fahrenheit and figuratively in its relaxed friendly southern charm, perfectly suited to her temperament.
Amy's mathematical interests include information retrieval, data mining, numerical linear algebra, and integer programming. Lately, she's been busy with projects resulting from industrial and government collaborations--basically because she's a sucker for a good problem, and can't resist the challenge of a real applied problem, which she considers to be giant puzzles. As a result of an NSF CAREER award, Amy's latest teaching efforts focus on her Mathematical Device Dissection Laboratory. The purpose of which is to, whenever possible, make abstract mathematical ideas hands-on, interactive, and visual.
When she's not thinking about mathematical problems, Amy enjoys many hobbies, including exercising, playing sports, particularly basketball and volleyball, reading, traveling, and building things with wood. Lately, these things have been boats to enjoy the Charleston harbor. The most meaningful boat she built with her brother Chad and the two named the boat Langville Bros. after their late great grandfather and great uncle, the inspirational shoremen of Dividing Creek, Maryland.
Carl Meyer is Professor of Mathematics at North Carolina State University, and his research interests revolve around applied mathematics, numerical analysis, and information science. He has published numerous research articles in areas that include computational and applied linear algebra, Markov chains, information retrieval, and web search systems.
In addition to the 2006 Princeton University Press book Google's PageRank and Beyond: The Science of Search Engine Rankings with Amy Langville, Professor Meyer's other books include Matrix Analysis and Applied Linear Algebra (SIAM, 2001) and Generalized Inverses of Linear Transformations (Dover, 1991) with S. L. Campbell.
Carl especially enjoys advising and directing student research, and he is immensely proud of the accomplishments of his past graduate and postdoc mentees. In fact, it was the fruitful collaboration with Amy Langville while she was a postdoc at NC State that led to development and publication of Google's PageRank and Beyond: The Science of Search Engine Rankings. Work of some of his current students concerns the engaging but challenging problem of creating effective mathematical models and techniques for winning at sports wagering--perhaps the topic of the next book?
When not occupied by academic activities, the time is spent by deriving pleasure from eminently talented children, Martin and Holly, obviously gifted grandchildren Margaret, Allison, and Ryan, and beautiful wife Bethany. But when these folks have had enough of him, he skulks away to the basement or out to the garage to indulge in fantasies of picking like Chet Atkins, Mark Knopfler, and Eric
Clapton, or he just makes sawdust from perfectly good pieces of oak.