Associate Professor, Mathematics
Christian Millichap received his undergraduate degree in mathematics and philosophy from Dickinson College, a small liberal arts college located in central Pennsylvania. After taking a year off from academics to work for Dickinson’s Office of Institutional Research, he headed to Philadelphia to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics at Temple University. His thesis work was in the area of geometric topology. Professor Millichap finished his Ph.D. in May 2015, and shortly after, moved across the country to spend the next three years as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. He started his career at Furman University in 2018. As part of the Furman mathematics department, he is interested in implementing and analyzing different teaching and grading techniques, especially at the calculus level. He is also excited to share his love of cryptology with students and hopes to run a May Study Away course focused on cryptology during the world wars.
Professor Millichap’s research focuses on geometric and topological properties of hyperbolic 3-manifolds, especially hyperbolic knot and link complements. Part of his research work is motivated by inverse geometry questions such as: given any hyperbolic 3-manifold M, what is the minimal geometric data needed to determine M up to isometry or commensurability? His work in this area has been published in several distinguished peer-reviewed journals.