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MS Faculty - Steven D London

Steven D. London


Office: S715

Precollege education in the Chicago Public Schools. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I spent two years in the Peace Corps teaching mathematics and physics in Ghana. After returning from the Peace Corps, I obtained a master's degree in Sanitary (now Environmental) Engineering and worked for the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago for a year as an Engineer. I then obtained a Ph.D in applied mathematics and was a teaching assistant for most of the time. I also worked as an engineer for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for part of this time. After receiving my Ph.D, I took a job as an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University from 1977-1982, I came to UH-Downtown in 1982 and have been here ever since. 

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Monday-Thursday, 2-3 PM

  • Ph.D. in Mathematics , University of Wisconsin 

  • Master of Science in Sanitary Engineering,University of Illinois, 1969 

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics, University o f Michigan

MATH 1300: Intermediate Algebra
MATH 1305: Finite Math with Applications
MATH 1505: Precalculus with Trigonometry
MATH 2401: Calculus I
MATH 2402: Calculus II
MATH 4396: Senior Thesis


Math 0300, 1300,1301 1302, 1305, 1306 1304, 1404, 2401, 2402, 2403, Linear Algebra, Numerical Methods, Ordinary differential equations, Partial Differential Equations (and its previous version, Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers), Complex Analysis, Real Analysis, Senior Projects, Senior Seminar, a  Fortran Course (I think, it would have been a long time ago), Actuarial Mathematics (a long time ago), possibly a baby statistics course (also a long time ago), Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers, A mathematics course for high school teachers (I don't remember the name).  
  • ​​Professor, University of Houston-Downtown, Department of ​Mathematics & Statistics. 1982-present.

  • Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, Department of Mathematics,1977-1982.

  • Civil Engineer, State of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1974-1977.

  • Civil Engineer, Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago, 1968-1969. 

  • Secondary School Teacher, U.S. Peace Corps, Ghana,  1965-1967.​​​


Resistive wave breaking in the Earth's outer core,  Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 99(5), 2005

Nonlinear Waves in Rotating Magnetohydrodynamics, Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 103(4), 2009.
Hydromagnetic Waves in a Thin Rotating Spherical Shell, Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics,105(6), 2011.  
Weakly Nonlinear Shallow Water Magnetohydrodynamic Waves,  Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 108(3), 2014

Academic Interest

Geophysical fluid dynamics: I study wave propagation in geophysical fluids (oceans, atmosphere, Earth's deep interior) using simplifying approximations. My most recent work involves wave propagation associated with the behavior of the Earth's magnetic field.  


NSF Grant EAR-8606394, RUI: Weakly nonlinear hydromagnetic waves in a rotating spherical shell, 7/86-2/88, $25,006.
NSF Grant EAR-8802767, RUI: Hydromagnetic waves in a thick rotating spherical shell, 8/88-1/91, $37,259.
NSF Grant EAR-9204460, RUI: Slow hydromagnetic waves in a magnetostrophic regime, 8/92-7/94, $40,000.

Research Interest

My primary interest is in geophysical and astrophysical fluid dynamics. I use certain approximations to simplify the complicated equations governing these phenomena. The problems I usually work on are related to the generation and behavior of the magnetic fields of various objects, including the Earth, other planets, and the sun. I have a secondary interest (but haven't done much) in mathematically modeling certain biological problems, in particular, some problems in cell signaling.

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