Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Gao graduated from Shanxi Normal University, Linfen, Shanxi, China, with a BS in Mathematics in 1987. He started his postgraduate study in 1987, and earned a MS in mathematics from Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China, in 1990.
He began his academic career in 1990 through teaching mathematics at Shanxi Normal University. From 1994 to 1996, he studied mathematics for his first doctorate, a Doctor of Science from Nanjing University, China. After graduating from Nanjing University, he continued his academic career in Shanxi Normal University, where he was promoted to Professor of Mathematics in 1999. From 2000 to 2004, he studied mathematics at University of New Hampshire, and earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics in 2004. He worked as Research Assistant Professor of Mathematics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2004 to 2007. In 2007 he joined the faculty at LC, being promoted to Professor of Mathematics in 2013.
For over twenty years of his academic career, Dr. Gao has taught a variety of mathematics courses for college students. These include courses in the central curriculum to upper level courses for math majors, even advanced courses for mathematics graduate students.
His passion for research in mathematics started when he began postgraduate study in 1987. Since then, he has worked in several research areas in mathematics, publishing more than thirty research papers. Dr. Gao continues to do research and publish in several advanced topics in mathematics.
Dr. Gao’s time away from mathematics is spent on working in his yard, walking with his wife Lan, reading the Bible and other books, and listening to Christian music. He attends Philadelphia Baptist Church, participates in a Chinese Bible Study every Friday evening, and shares the Gospel with students and friends.
Dr. Gao teaches all upper level mathematics courses officered in the Mathematics Department.