I am a professor of mathematics at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where I’ve worked since August 1986. Prior to that I taught at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California beginning in September 1981.

My research and teaching interests are in probability theory. I was fortunate to have wonderful professors in probability classes as an undergraduate at the University of Rochester (Professor Johaness Kemperman), as a graduate student at the University of Illinois (Professor Joseph Doob, Professor William F. Stout) and with Professor William F. Stout as my Ph.D. thesis advisor. My original research interests were in limit theory, such as the strong law of large numbers and the law of the iterated logarithm. Recent research, mostly in partial collaboration with undergraduate students have focused on pattern behavior generated by Markov chains, hidden Markov chains, and most recently Branching Processes.

I have been fortunate to have mentored wonderful undergraduate students for honors theses, Lafayette College- funded undergraduate research projects (the EXCEL program) and as an REU supervisor during four summers in our highly successful REU program.

## Professional Appointments

Professor of Mathematics, Lafayette College, 2004-present

Associate Professor of Mathematics, Lafayette College, 1993-2003

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Lafayette College, 1986-1992

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Santa Clara University, 1981-1986

## Education

Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1981

B.A., Mathematics, University of Rochester, 1975

#### Contact Information

**email: **fishere@lafayette.edu

**phone:** (610) 330-5281

**office: **Pardee Hall, Rm. 231