Zora Thomova

Zora Thomova

Zora Thomova
Professor of Mathematics


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Mathematics + Physics Department
College of Arts + Sciences


  • PhD Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, University of Montreal, Canada
  • MSc Physics Engineering, Concentration: Solid State Physics, Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient of Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007)
  • Genesis Group of the Mohawk Valley Region: Mohawk Valley Education Distinguished Service Award for Math/Science summer camp, November 2012 (with Dr. Phipps and Dr. Weiser-Erlandson)

Areas of Research

  • Mathematical physics – Applications of Lie theory to  differential and difference equations, classification of Lie algebras and subalgebras, integrable systems.
  • Derivatives and derivative markets including foreign exchange, fixed income.

Selected Publications

Books edited:

  • V. Hussin, M. Ismail, D. Levi, Z. Thomova, P. Winternitz (Eds): Symmetries and Integrability of Difference Equations, Special Issue of SIGMA journal, March 2018
  • Levi, P. Olver, Z. Thomova, P. Winternitz (Eds): Symmetries and Integrability of Difference Equations, London Mathematical Society Lecture Notes Series, Cambridge University Press, June 2011
  • Levi, P. Olver, Z. Thomova, P. Winternitz (Eds): Symmetries and Integrability of Difference Equations, Special Issue of Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General, 42, November 2009

Peer reviewed selected publications:

  • D. Levi, M.A. Rodriguez, Z. Thomova: Differential equations invariant under conditional symmetries, submitted
  • D. Levi, E. Ricca, Z. Thomova, P. Winternitz: Lie group analysis of a generalized Krichever-Novikov differential-difference equation , J. Math. Phys., 55, 103503-12, (2014)
  • D. Levi, C. Scimiterna, Z. Thomova, P. Winternitz: Contact transformations for difference schemes, J. Phys. A: Math. Theor., Fast track comm. 45, (2012); recognition: “IOP Select” and “J Phys A highlights of 2012″
  • D. Levi, Z. Thomova, P. Winternitz: Are there Contact transformation for Discrete Equations?, J. Phys A: Math.Theor., 44, (2011) ; recognition “IOP Select”

Professional Service

SUNY Polytechnic Institute:

  • Director of Global Programs/Study Abroad
  • SUNY Poly Governance council, co-chair
  • Founder and head of the Visiting Scholar Seminar Series; funded by grant for Auxiliary Services
  • Member of the College Foundation
  • Member/chair of over dozen committees on all levels (dept, college and institutional) –several Faculty Assembly committees, search committees, peer review, Strategic planning etc

External Professional:

  • Organizer [with Levi, Winternitz, Hussin, Ismail, Verge-Rebelo] of the SIDE 12 International Conference on Symmetries and Integrability of Difference Equations,,June 27-July 1, 2016, StAdele, Quebec, Canada
  • Organizer [with Dziubek, Rusjan, Chen] of the Workshop Geometry and Symmetry based Mathematical and Computational Methods with Applications in Engineering, Science and Education, August 2015, Utica NY
  • Peer evaluator for MSCHE (Middle States Commission of Higher Education)
  • Program reviewer for SUNY New Paltz, BS in mathematics, Spring 2018
  • Advisory Board member MVCC AAS program in mathematics
  • Program reviewer for MVCC AAS program in mathematics, Spring 2014
  • Reviewer for: Journal of Physics A, Journal of Mathematical Physics, Acta Polytechnica, , Canadian Journal of Mathematical Physics, Computer Physics Communications

External Community:

  • Mohawk Valley Federal Credit Union Board of Directors , Treasurer of the Board of Directors April 2014 – present, Member of the ALM committee 2013-present, Director 2005 – present
  • YWCA of Mohawk Valley Board of Directors - member, 2018
  • Nominating Committee – member, Mohawk Valley YWCA, 2016-2018
  • Member and Chair of the Supervisory Committee of the Mohawk Valley Credit Union. 2003-07




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