Father Costa currently teaches MA153: Mathematical Modeling and Introduction to Differential Equations.
I was born in Jersey City, NJ in 1948 and raised in Hoboken, NJ. I graduated from Hoboken High School in 1966 and went to Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT) on a four-year scholarship. After graduation in 1970, I took a position as a Teaching Assistant at SIT, completing my M.S. in the spring of 1972. After a year of teaching high school, I began studies for the Roman Catholic priesthood. I was ordained a priest on 26 May 1979 for service to the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ. A year later I was assigned to the faculty of the Mathematics (now Mathematics and Computer Science) department of Seton Hall University. I received my doctorate in 1984. After receiving tenure as an Associate Professor, I took a year's sabbatical (1991-1992). During my sabbatical year, I was invited to present a talk to the Department of Mathematical Sciences at USMA. This was my introduction to the department. Since then, I have spent three previous tours here: 1992-1993, 1995-1996, 1999-2001. Presently, I am on an extended Academic Leave from Seton Hall University.
Education: FR Costa graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1970 with a B.S. in Mathematics, with minor concentrations in Chemistry and Physics. He received a M.S. in Mathematics in 1972 from the same institution. In 1980 FR Costa received a M.A. in Systematic Theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary (now located at Seton Hall University). FR Costa received his Ph. D. in Mathematics from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1984 under the direction of Dr. Lawrence E. Levine.
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