Emmanuil Agrest


JWU Faculty Since 1993

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About Emmanuil

Emmanuil Agrest has born in Moscow, Russia. In 1968, he graduated from Moscow State University in Mathematics and Mechanics. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics at the Soviet Academy of Science in 1975. Agrest started his carrier with 12 years of extensive research in mathematical and computer based modeling of underwater acoustics and cavitation. In 1980, he began his teaching career at the State University in Sukhumi, Georgia of the former Soviet Union where he was also the chair of the Algebra and Numerical Methods of Analysis department. He was also a member of the National Universities Committee in Applied Mathematics. In 1992, he and his family immigrated to the United States, settling in Charleston, SC. He began teaching first at the College of Charleston, then from 1993 with Johnson & Wales University as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Agrest has more than 30 publications in highly prestigious scientific journals. Many of his Russian publications have been translated into English and are available in the United States. He was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2000 at Charleston Campus.
Emmanuil’s father (1915 – 2015) was a preeminent mathematician also known as an author and a proponent of the ancient astronaut theory.
Emmanuil and his wife Larisa married in 1968. They raised two boys: Igor and Yan and now enjoy four grandchildren.


  • Ph.D., Mathematics & Physics, Moscow Institute of Acoustics Research, USSR Academy of Sciences
  • M.A., Mathematics & Physics, Moscow State University

My background is in mathematics, mechanics and hydrodynamics. As a senior researcher, much of my work focused on cavitation

Teaching Interests

All math classes, both theoretical and applied

Scholarly Interests

  • Research and Development in Fluid Mechanics, Acoustics, Wave Propagation, Cavitation Problems;
  • Mathematical and Computer modeling of physical processes
  • Design and development of educational software


  • MATH1002 Survey of College Mathematics
  • MATH1020 Fundamentals of Algebra
  • MATH2001 Statistics

Professional Affiliations

A member of the Acoustical Society of America
A member of Mathematical Society (AMS)




Honors And Awards

  • Publishing & Research Award, Johnson & Wales University, 2004
  • Special Merit Award, Johnson & Wales University, 2000

Q&A with Emmanuil

At JWU, education is not confined to the four walls of the classroom. You’re not going to spend four years with your nose buried in a book, learning theories you may never get a chance to apply — you’re going to get out there and apply them, be it through internships, group projects, leadership opportunities, competitions and more.

How Did You Get Started?

I started with getting my education from the best university in the country (Moscow state University of USSR).

What Is Your Favorite Teaching Moment?

My favorite teaching moment is when I am able to find the simplest possible example that helps to understand a complicated mathematical concept or the way of making the logical reasoning. The culmination is to see a spark in my students' eyes when they grasp the main idea.

What Advice Do You Have For Incoming Freshmen?

Always try to see what you learn from different prospective. Then the world around you will not look flat.