Associate Professor of Mathematics
Areas of expertiseFrame theory, operator theory, matrix theory, projective geometry, art and mathematics
Mathematics is the most elusive of all the arts. It took 8 years of serious study to even begin to understand the medium and begin to work with it in a creative way. Math is art. I wouldn't be a mathematician otherwise.
MS, PhD, Vanderbilt University 2007
BA, University of Louisville 2002
Engage and empower students. Guide them to discover the beauty and awesomeness of mathematics.
Courses: Spring 2014
Explorations in Mathematics
Paideia Seminar 2B
First Year Seminar: Hidden Perspectives, Mathematics in Art and Art in Mathematics //
London semester course: Mathematical Influences in Art //
London semester course: Victorian Society and Mathematics in Wonderland and Flatland //
Elementary Function Theory //
Introduction to Statistics //
Calculus I //
Calculus II //
Linear Algebra //
Real Analysis I //
Real Analysis II //
Projective Geometry //
Frame Theory //
Independent study: Signal Processing //
Independent study: Relationships between Projective Geometry, Perspective Drawing, Philosophy and Religion //
Independent study: Mathematical background for an iphone app: projective geometry and music //
Independent study: Mathematics of Alice in Wonderland
F. Futamura, Frame Diagonalization of Matrices, Lin. Algebra Appl., 436 no. 9 (2012) 3201-3214.
F. Futamura, Localizable Operators and the Construction of Localized Frames, Proc. Amer. Math. Soc., 137 (2009) 4187-4197.
F. Futamura, Symmetrically localized frames and the removal of subsets of positive density, J. Math. Anal. Appl., 326 no. 2, (2007) 1225--1235.
F. Futamura, Banach framed, decay in the context of localization, Sampl. Theory Signal Image Process., 6 no. 2, (2007) 151--166.
Self-Portraits as Other People's Preconceptions, 2006
installation of eight paintings, oil on canvas, 60 in X 36 in
Evoke/Invoke/Provoke, A Multimedia Project of Discovery,
directed by Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman.
Cohen Building, Peabody Campus, Vanderbilt University.
Honors & Awards
NSF TUES Grant, $69,432, 2012
National Science Foundation (NSF) Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science (TUES) grant, Projective Geometry Applied to Perspective Art, to write, test and evaluate a textbook on projective geometry that motivates and applies the material to perspective drawing.
AIBL Small Grant, $4000, 2011
Grant to create an inquiry based learning math and art course, Educational Advancement Foundation
Faculty-Student Project Research Grant, $7590, 2009
Internal grant to do research with a student for 8 weeks, Southwestern University
Brown Innovations in Teaching Award, $5000, 2008
Internal grant to organize a departmental pedagogical seminar, Southwestern University
B.F. Bryant Prize for Excellence in Teaching, 2007
Graduate teaching award, Vanderbilt University
Painting, piano, books, food, social justice, contemporary art, ridiculousness, crochet