Discrete Mathematics is the study of structures which are fundamentally discrete rather than continuous. While many famous results in discrete mathematics predate the invention of the digital computer, the field has exploded in our digital age. Computers store data in discrete bits and operate in discrete steps. Discrete Mathematics includes the investigation of all structures and algorithms appropriate for the representation and storage of data. The Internet, for instance, can be usefully represented as a graph, a fundamental object of this discipline.
Discrete Mathematics includes, among others subfields, Graph Theory, Combinatorics, Coding Theory, Cryptography, Game Theory, Computational Complexity, and Combinatorial Optimization. It makes useful and fascinating connections with fields like Group Theory, Matrix Theory, and Linear Programming. It includes the most important unsolved problem in mathematics, the question of whether P = NP. And investigations in many fields, for instance Number Theory, combine both discrete and continuous tools.
VCU’s Discrete Mathematics group consists of Ghidewon AbayAsmerom, Moa Apagodu, Danail Bonchev, Daniel Cranston, Richard Hammack, Glenn Hurlbert, Craig Larson, and Dewey Taylor (from Mathematics), together with our neighbors Paul Brooks and Yonglia Song (in Operations Research) and Jose Dula (Production and Operations Management). This group runs a weekly Discrete Mathematics Seminar.
Ghidewon AbayAsmerom
Associate Professor
 Harris Hall 4147
804.828.6240 gabayasm@vcu.edu 

Moa Apagodu
Associate Professor
 Harris Hall 4148
804.828.5984 mapagodu@vcu.edu 

Neal Bushaw
Assistant Professor
 Harris Hall 4107
804.828.7890 nobushaw@vcu.edu 

David Chan
Associate Professor
 Harris Hall 4105
804.828.5917 dmchan@vcu.edu 

Dan Cranston
Associate Professor
 Harris Hall 4109
804.828.3384 dcranston@vcu.edu 

Richard Hammack
Professor
 Harris Hall 4166
804.828.6237 rhammack@vcu.edu 

Glenn Hurlbert
Chair Mathematical Sciences, Professor
 Harris Hall 4101
804.828.3523 ghurlbert@vcu.edu 

Candy Kent
Associate Professor
 Harris Hall 4173
804.828.5585 cmkent@vcu.edu 

Craig Larson
Associate Professor
 Harris Hall 4106
804.828.5576 clarson@vcu.edu 

Dewey Taylor
Associate Professor
 Harris Hall 4160
804.828.5569 dttaylor2@vcu.edu 