Faculty/Staff

Voloshin receives Troy University’s Malone Award

August 13, 2018

Dr. Vitaly Voloshin, professor of mathematics, has been awarded Troy University’s Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award.

Dr. Voloshin, who joined the TROY faculty in 2003, was presented the award by Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, and Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, during the University’s annual Faculty/Staff Convocation on Friday at the Troy Campus.

The award consists of a $1,000 cash prize and a medallion to be worn with academic regalia. The award is made possible through a $100,000 endowment by the SouthTrust Corporation. Wallace Malone, former chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of SouthTrust, served as a TROY trustee from 1975-1995.

Dr. Voloshin is congratulated by Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor.

“Dr. Voloshin embodies the spirit of this award in everything he does and has done at TROY,” said Dr. Ken Roblee, professor and chair of mathematics. “It should be noted that Dr. Voloshin has pioneered a new field of mathematics he discovered and grew, known as Mixed Hypergraph Coloring. With his masterful teaching, mentoring of students and faculty, starting a new direction of mathematical research, distinguished record of research and his contributions in service to our department and University, Dr. Voloshin has that exceptional work ethic and quality of work that is specified in this award.”

Dr. Voloshin expressed his gratitude for the honor.

“Do what you love, and love what you do,” he said. “My contribution is an inseparable part of all of the contributions of the Department of Mathematics and the College of Arts and Sciences. My gratitude is infinite, and my admiration of Troy University is unlimited.”

Dr. Voloshin earned his master’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Kishinev State University and his Ph.D. in mathematical cybernetics from the Cybernetics Institute of the Ukrainian Academy of Science.

Dr. Voloshin has 123 publications to his credit, including the research monograph “Coloring Mixed Hypergraphs: Theory, Algorithms and Applications,” and textbooks, “Introduction to Graph and Hypergraph Theory,” “Introduction to Graph Theory,” and “Hypergraphs and Designs.”

Dr. Frank Hammonds, 2017 recipient of the Malone Award, passes the University’s Mace to Dr. Voloshin.

Since 1993, Dr. Voloshin has participated in 32 international conferences, 13 as an invited speaker. He has presented at conferences throughout the U.S., and spoken numerous times internationally, including presentations in China, Germany, France, Malta, Holland, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia and Italy. In addition, he has been invited as a visiting professor at the University of Illinois, the University of Toronto, the University of Catania (Italy), the University of Delaware and as a visiting scientists at McMaster University and Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. He also has served as a visiting member at the Fields Institute in Toronto.

Dr. Voloshin is a Fellow of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications (FTICA), the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, the Hegel Society of America, the Moldavian Mathematical Society and the Troy University Eta Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon. He serves on the editorial boards of MIR, the electronic scientific journal of the Moldavian Academy of Science, the Computer Science Journal of Moldova and Le Matematiche, a journal of the University of Catania, Italy.

Dr. Voloshin speaks seven languages – English, Russian, Romanian, Italian, French, Ukrainian and German – and has teaching experience in four different languages.

During his time at TROY, Dr. Voloshin has supervised more than 50 independent student projects and has mentored multiple junior tenure-track faculty. He also served a faculty mentor for a visiting scholar from Chongqing (China) Normal University. He has served the University and his department on numerous committees, including the Curriculum and Faculty Search committees.