Dr. Sophia Maggelakis


Professional Interests

  • Mathematical Biology
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Dynamical Systems
  • Discipline-based Education Research

Professional Experience and Expertise

Dr. Maggelakis holds a Ph.D. in Computational and Applied Mathematics. In her 20 year tenure at RIT, Dean Maggelakis formed and led the School of Mathematical Sciences (SMS) that houses one of the college’s largest academic unit consisting of three undergraduate programs in Applied Mathematics, Computational Mathematics, and Applied Statistics, a graduate program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, and two research centers – the Center for Applied and Computational Mathematics and the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation.  She formed the Summer Mathematics Institute in 2008 to create collaboration opportunities with K-12 community and to be part of the national effort to develop mathematical sciences literate citizenry.

Dr. Maggelakis’ research area is Mathematical Biology, in particular the mathematical modeling of biological mechanisms and processes, such as tumor growth, capillary growth, wound healing, and retinopathy.  In this area, Dr. Maggelakis has published book chapters, refereed journal articles, and presented numerous papers at national and international conferences.  Dr. Maggelakis is a recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.   She has led and implemented a program that revamped the delivery of the Science and Engineering calculus curriculum and significantly increased student success rates. 

Dean Maggelakis is a mentor for the Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Group of Rochester, and she participates by giving motivational talks about mathematics and its applications to various groups of high school students. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honors Society, the Society for Mathematical Biology, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Mathematical Society.

Dr. Maggelakis has served the campus in a variety of ways.  She has advised a number of graduate and undergraduate students, she has served RIT as a member of the executive committee of the Academic Senate, member of the Institute Council, and many college and institute committees.  She brings a commitment to collaboration as well as enthusiasm and passion to make a difference.