Maria van der Walt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
(805) 565- 6297

Office Location

Winter Hall 305


Data science, computational harmonic analysis, approximation theory and spline theory


Professor Van der Walt earned her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees at Stellenbosch University and her doctorate in applied mathematics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She was an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University before coming to Westmont in 2017. Her research interests focus primarily in computational harmonic analysis, approximation theory, and spline theory. In her post-doctorate work, she has been engaged with professors from Vanderbilt, Cal Tech and the University of Bologna in research endeavors. Her recent publications include “A Deep Learning Approach to Diabetic Blood Glucose Prediction” and “Real-time, local spline interpolation schemes on bounded intervals.”