Owen Byer

Owen Byer

Office Phone: (540) 432-4642


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: AN 100

Department Chair

Mathematical Sciences Dept

Professor of Mathematics

Mathematical Sciences Dept

Owen earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with secondary certification at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Delaware. He taught for three years at Northwestern College before coming to EMU, where he is now teaching his 20th year. Owen’s graduate training is in combinatorics (graph theory, specifically), and he recently finished writing a Discrete Math textbook to explain all he knows about the subject! His hobbies include playing basketball, bridge, and a variety of board games. Owen and his wife Barbara have two teenage children, Cameron and Lily.

Owen is the chair of EMU’s Mathematical Sciences Department, which includes the mathematics, computer science, and engineering programs.


  • B.A. in Mathematics, with secondary education certification, from Messiah College, 1989.
  • M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from University of Delaware, 1996, under the direction of Felix Lazebnik. Thesis: Several Results on Extremal (v,e)-graphs.


Church, Community and Professional Service

(2016-2017 Academic Year only)
  • Guest lecturer, Eastern Mennonite High School, in Advanced Placement Calculus class, May 2017.
  • Director of Harrisonburg Duplicate Bridge Club.
  • Reviewer for Math Reviews.
  • Chair of Finance Committee and occasional Sunday School teacher, Weavers Mennonite Church.

Professional Memberships

  • Mathematical Association of America
  • Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences

Professional Conferences Attended

  • ACMS meeting, May 31-June 3, 2017, Charleston, S.C.
  • Mathfest, August 7-8, 2016, Atlanta, GA.

EMU Service

(2016-2017 Academic Year only)
  • Chair of Mathematical Sciences Department
  • Member of Undergraduate Council