Associate Professor of Mathematics

304 Donnelly Center
319-363-1323 ext. 1279

BS  Bradley University
MBA  University of Iowa
PhD  University of Iowa

Associate Professor of Mathematics John D. Robeson has been teaching mathematics at Mount Mercy since 2002.  He encourages his students to understand basic mathematical concepts and how to apply them by thinking critically rather than just memorizing formulas.  He has a strong appreciation for the beauty of mathematics and loves to share this perspective with students. 

After earning a B.S.E.E. from Bradley University Robeson served as an officer in the U.S. Navy where he was Director of Electrical Schools.  Ask him about his interview with Admiral Rickover.  While teaching sailors math and physics in preparation for nuclear power school he discovered his love for teaching.

For many years Robeson was an engineer at Amana Appliances where he was Chief Engineer and directed teams of engineers in designing microwave ovens and other cooking products.  His designs were granted four U.S. patents as well as various industry and governmental awards.  One design won the “Excellence in Design” national award from Appliance Manufacturer magazine and was also featured with a cover story in Home Mechanix magazine.  It also won the Iowa Governor’s Product Award.

After being an engineer for about twenty years, his love for math led him back to graduate school at the University of Iowa where he acquired a Ph.D. in mathematics.  Robeson studied commutative and non-commutative ring theory and his research in irredundantly generated sets for modules was published in Expositiones Mathemaicae in 2004.

In addition to teaching and continuing to learn more math, he is researching math anxiety in students. He enjoys time with his family especially taking his six grandchildren to see the Cubs and the Hawkeyes.  He also is an avid jogger, reader, photographer and video editor.