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Igor Balsim


Mathematics & Computer Science


Professor Balsim has been teaching mathematics at KCC since 2004. He has taught a Biostatistics class at Pathways to Bioinformatics at City College, Summers of 2008, 2007, 2006. He has supervised students in doing research projects in Statistics and Genetics. He has reviewed articles for the International Journal of Theoretical Physics and Journal of Supercomputing. He is the cofounder of Bioinformatics course that was accepted by the KCC curriculum committee and CUNY, 2007. He is the cofounder of the Biostatistics course that is presently being offered by the KCC. He co-designed with other members of the linear algebra committee a new course syllabus as an advanced linear algebra course. “Applications of Linear Algebra and Vector Analysis” illustrates and explains basic techniques – including dynamical systems modeled by linear differential equations, signal and image processing, boundary value problems, and solution techniques for Maxwell's wave and heat equations – that are used in real-world problems of the type encountered in applied mathematics, engineering, science, and numerical analysis.

His research interest is applied mathematics. Partial differential equations- Sturm-Liouville Theory and Bessel functions related to medical research, Optimization Problems Applied to the Field of Medical Errors.

He collaborates with Professor David Rumschitzki (Grove School of Engineering, City College) in doing medical research in applied mathematics in the area of Atherosclerosis.


Graduate Center PHD Mathematics Feb. 2001
NYU MS Mathematics May 1990
Yeshiva University BA Mathematics May 1988


College Teaching

KCC Sept. 2009-present        Associate Prof.   Mathematics and CS
KCC 2009 Feb. 2004-June   Assistant  Prof.  Mathematics and CS
N.Y.C.Tech. Jan. 2003-Dec.    2003    Assistant Prof.   Mathematics 


Selected Publications and/or Other Resources

Davydov, A. & Balsim, I. , “The model form and the ζ-function for an elliptic differential      operator of the second order on a manifold with turning points”, Applied Mathematical Sciences, Vol. 2, no. 21-24, 2008, 1073-1100.

Balsim, I., Feder, E., Yarmish, G., Eckhardt, R. A., Jahangir, S., “The Pervasive Applications of Computer Science in Biomedicine”, Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, CCSCE, Vol. 24, No. 3, Jan. 2009, the Eastern Conference of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges. 

Balsim, I. & Feder, E., “The Synthesis of Mathematical Foundations with Real World Applications in Computer Science Education”, Proceedings of the 2008 International Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering, July 2008.

Balsim, I. & Rumschitzki, "Harmonic Solutions of a Mixed Boundary Problem Arising in the Modeling of Macromolecular Transport into Vessel Walls”, Computers and Mathematics with Applications, 59(6), 2010.

Balsim, I. & Feder, E., “Introduction of a Dynamic Student Research Program in Applied Mathematics”, Mathematics Teaching-Research Journal (MTRJ), Mathematics Teaching-Research Journal Online Volume 2 No. 3, June 2008.

Balsim, I. & Feder, E., Krishnan, A., “Creating Environment Geared to Biomedical Students,” MTRJ, 3 (3), 2009.

Balsim, I. & Feder, E., “The analysis of an efficient algorithm based on game theory applied to the detection of medical errors,” JMSAA (Journal of Mathematical Sciences: Advances and Applications), 4 (1), 2010, 61-72.

Balsim, I. , Jahangir, S., Feder, E., Krishnan, A. , & Eckhardt, R.,” Symbiotic Synthesis of the Biological-Mathematics Research Environment and Computer Science Education,” CCSCS 2009, 25(2), Dec. 2009, the Southeastern Conference of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges.

Balsim, I. , Jahangir, S., & Feder, E., “Online Communities in the Era of the Information Revolution,” CPCCSC 2010, to appear 2010, Central Plains Conference for Computing Sciences in Colleges.

Yun,S. Bleicher, A. G., Feder, E., Balsim,I., Levin , V., & Branstetter, B.  “Optimizing Radiology Peer Review: A Mathematical Model for Selecting Future Cases Based on Prior Errors”   The Journal of the American College of Radiology, 7(6), June 2010.
Events and/or Key Dates


“Algorithms for Efficient Detection of Medical Errors”, joint work with Elie Feder, talk given at Third Annual Conference on Computer Human Error (CHE 2007) at CUNY Graduate Center, Dec. 21, 2007. 

“George Polya as Forerunner to the Prime Computing Program”, joint work with Elie Feder, talk given at 2008 New York State Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges (NYSATYC) Annual Conference, Suffern, New York. 

Collaboration with Ayalur Krishnan in delivering a talk at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics at Split Rock Resort in the Poconos, Nov 6, 2008.  Title: “How high can community college students reach.” 

Delivered a talk titled “Bringing Career Experience of Applied Mathematics into the Classroom “ at the Region IV Conference of the New York State Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges, October 19, 2008. 

Presented a talk “Using the Open Doors Learning Community Model in Math Education “ at the Region IV Conference of the New York State Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges, Nov. 1, 2009.  

Delivered a presentation at the 2009 CUNY Instructional/Information Technology Conference at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Dec. 4, 2009. Title: “Building an Educational Learning Community Using Social Software.”

Delivered a talk at Hunter College-Hunter Quantitative Biology Colloquium Series, May 15, 2009. Title: “Analysis of Hidden Markov Models Applied to Gene Finding.”

Delivered a talk at the KCC annual Mu Alpha Theta induction meeting on May 26, 2010. Title: “How does the PageRank algorithm support the Google search engine?”

Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants
Co-PI for a five year  NSF grant – that was awarded by NSF Dec., 2009-Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) (07-524), "Community College Students Paving the Future Careers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology"

PI- CUNY Community College Collaborative Incentive  Research Grant (2010) “Agent Based Models in Marketing and Data Representation “

Received the KCC faculty achievement award Dec. 2009.

Member of the Cambridge Who’s Who honor society