Robert Benim, PhD

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PhD Mathematics, North Carolina State University, 2014
MS, Mathematics, Portland State University, Portland, OR, 2010
BS, Mathematics, University of Portland, 2007

Research Interests

I am interested in algebraic groups and symmetric spaces, specifically symmetric spaces which arise from orthogonal and symplectic groups. I have also previously looked at quasiplatonic groups, and plan to do so again in the near future.


• Preparing for the Professoriate Program (North Carolina State University), 2012-2013.  This program gives a select few distinguished teaching assistants throughout the university the chance to shadow a faculty mentor as they teach an upper division course, and then to teach it themselves the following semester.
• Mathematics Department Outstanding Teaching Assistant (North Carolina State University), 2012. This is an annual award giving to a few of the teaching assistants in the NCSU math department.
• F. S. Cater Prize in Mathematical Sciences (Portland State University), 2009.
This is awarded annually for outstanding academic achievements to masters students in the Port-
land State math department.
• Ron Smit Award in Mathematics (University of Portland), 2007.
This is awarded annually to one outstanding graduating senior in the math department at the University of Portland.

Journal Articles

• Isomorphy Classes of Involutions of SO(n,k,β), n > 2, (with C. Dometrius, A. G. Helminck, and L. Wu), submitted for publication
• Isomorphy Classes of Involutions of SP(n,k), (with A. G. Helminck, and F. Jackson), submitted for publication
• Enumerating Quasiplatonic Cyclic Group Actions, (with A. Wootton), 2013, Rocky Mountain Journal of Mathematics, Volume 43, Number 5.
• Classification of Quasplatonic Abelian Groups and Signatures, 2008, The Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Journal, Volume 9, Issue 1.


• Isomorphy Classes of Involutions of SP(2n, k), MathFest 2014, Portland, Oregon, 2014.
• Involutions of SO(n, k, β) and SP(2n, k), Conference in Honor of 60th Birthday of Loek Helminck, NC
State, 2014.
• Inner-Involutions of SO(n, k, β), (n > 2), Joint Mathematics Meetings, AMS Section on Group Theory, 2014.
• Isomorphy Classes of Inner-Involutions of SO(n,k,β), (n > 2), NC State Graduate Student Algebra Seminar, 2013.
• Enumerating Quasiplatonic Cyclic Group Actions, Portland State Master’s Thesis Presentation, 2010.
• Classification of Quasiplatonic Abelian Groups and Signatures, MAA Pacific Northwest Regional Con-
ference, 2007.
• An Introduction to the Tribonacci Sequence, MAA Pacific Northwest Regional Conference, 2005.

Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then.

MATH 125 | Precalculus

MATH 226 | Calculus I

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Price Hall 210
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