Melody Alsaker, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

As an applied mathematician with a passion for collaborative interdisciplinary research, I seek to get students in all disciplines excited about mathematics. My areas of interest include the mathematics of medical imaging, applied inverse problems, mathematical...

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Mathematics, Colorado State University

M.S., Mathematics, Colorado State University

B.S., Applied and Computational Mathematics, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

MATH 157 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I

MATH 259 Calculus & Analytic Geometry III

MATH 260 Ordinary Differential Equations


As an applied mathematician with a passion for collaborative interdisciplinary research, I seek to get students in all disciplines excited about mathematics. My areas of interest include the mathematics of medical imaging, applied inverse problems, mathematical modeling, algorithm design, and biomedical image processing. One of my main goals in teaching mathematics, apart from the usual explanations of formulas, proofs, and theorems, is to convey a sense of profound enthusiasm and wonder for the subject. I teach with the expectation that all students, regardless of their major, interests, or abilities, can learn to find both beauty and utility in mathematics.

P. Muller, J.L. Mueller, M.M. Mellenthin, R. Murthy, M. Capps, B.D. Wagner, M. Alsaker, R. Deterding, S. Sagel, J. Hoppe, "Pulmonary Function Measures Derived from Functional Electrical Impedance Tomography in Children with Cystic Fibrosis." In review.

M. Alsaker and J.L. Mueller, "Use of an Optimized Spatial Prior in D-bar Reconstructions of EIT Tank Data." In review.

M.M. Mellenthin, J.L. Mueller, E.D.L.B. de Camargo, F.S. de Moura, T.B.R. Santos, R.G. Lima, S.J. Hamilton, P.A. Muller, and M. Alsaker, "The ACE1 Electrical Impedance Tomography System for Thoracic Imaging." In review.

 M. Alsaker, S.J. Hamilton, and A. Hauptmann, "A Direct D-bar Method for Partial Boundary Data Electrical Impedance Tomography with A Priori Information," Inverse Problems and Imaging, Vol. 11, Issue 3, 427-454, 2017.

S.J. Hamilton, J.L. Mueller, and M. Alsaker, "Incorporating a Spatial Prior into Nonlinear D-Bar EIT Imaging for Complex Admittivities," IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, Vol. 36, Issue 2, 457-466, 2017.

M. Alsaker and J.L. Mueller, "A D-bar Algorithm with A Priori Information for 2-D Electrical Impedance Tomography," SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences, Vol. 9, Issue 4, 2016.

M. Dodd (Alsaker) and J.L. Mueller, "A Real-time D-bar Algorithm for 2-D Electrical Impedance Tomography Data," Inverse Problems and Imaging, Vol. 8, Issue 4, 1013-1031, 2014.

M. Dodd (Alsaker), "A D-bar Algorithm with A Priori Information for 2-D Electrical Impedance Imaging," in AIP 2015: Applied Inverse Problems Conference Book of Abstracts, Helsinki: Finnish Inverse Problems Society, May 2015, p. 145.

M. Dodd (Alsaker) and J.L. Mueller, "Fast D-bar Reconstructions of Ventilation and Per- fusion on a Pairwise Current Injection System," in Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Biomedical Applications of Electrical Impedance Tomography, Ed. A. Adler and B. Grychtol, Ottawa: Carleton University, April 2014, p. 81.