R. Sean Bowman

Software developer, Mathematician, Teacher


I got my Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2012 under the supervision of John Luecke. I went on to do a postdoc at Oklahoma State University, working with Jesse Johnson. Before I changed careers, I worked on several projects

  • giving bounds on the bridge numbers of certain families of knots,
  • constructing knots with prescribed bridge numbers and interesting Dehn surgeries,
  • examining the relationship between the bridge numbers of a knot and properties of the knot exterior, such as its Heegaard structure, and
  • developing and applying methods in topological data analysis.

You can read my research statement, but keep in mind that it hasn’t been updated in a while. My list of publications and talks is current, though, and contains more information about what I did as a mathematician.

Service and Outreach

In addition to math and teaching, I was involved in service aspects in the departments I was a member of. I was a co-organizer of the 2015 Redbud conference at Oklahoma State, April 3–5, 2015, overseeing a $25,108 grant from the National Science Foundation. I was the Mathematics department representative to the UT graduate student assembly from 2008-2010, serving as a liaison between graduate students, university administrators, and the larger university community. I was a reviewer for the American Mathematical Society (AMS) mathematical reviews from May 2014 to May 2015, and I continue to be a member of the AMS.