Timothy Rainone


Meet Timothy Rainone of math, a pure mathematician whose research interests include functional analysis; operator algebras; C*-algebras arising from dynamical systems, groupoids, and topological graphs; and the classification of C*-crossed products by K-theoretic invariants.

When did you discover you had a mind for mathematics?

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What attracted you to Occidental?

I wanted to work in a highly selective environment where hardworking and talented students are given the opportunity to excel, where students are respectful and have a good sense of personal responsibility.

What are your early impressions of classroom life?

The students in STEM at Occidental are very talented; they are certainly capable of tackling tough concepts and handling a dense workload. I believe that it is up to us faculty to not let this talent go wasted. To that end I hope to engage and push my students miles from their comfort zone so that they may grow in maturity and in so doing meet far-reaching expectations.

What do you see as the value of a liberal arts education?

In a liberal arts setting students are more accountable to professors and advisers and are thus less likely to slip through the cracks of a bustling college life.  Because of this increased sense of community we as faculty can nurture each student and teach them how to think critically, and to not succumb to indoctrination and groupthink, which dominates much of our society.