J. Donato Fortin


JWU Faculty Since 2002

Professor Jose Fortin

Contact Info


J. Donato Fortin received a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics and master's degree in Engineering Mechanics and Mathematics from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. His dissertation was in steady-state deformations of moving beams. He joined JWU as an adjunct instructor at the Charleston campus in 2002, where he received the Adjunct Faculty award for 2002 - 2003. He joined JWU full time as an associate professor in Charlotte in 2004. Prior to joining the university, Fortin worked as a research engineer for WestRock (the Westvaco Corporation). His projects included machine control, carbon for double-layer capacitors and post-forming laminates. The latter projects resulted in research awards and a patent was awarded for improved forming of laminates. He has lectured in mathematics and engineering in several universities at home and abroad. Fortin's pedagogical interest is inquiry-based learning. His research interest is badly-conditioned linear systems.


  • Ph.D., Engineering Mehanics, The Ohio State University
  • M.S., Engineering Mechanics and Mathematics,The Ohio State University
  • A.B., Mathematics, Stonehill College

The student is best taught who is told the least.
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  • MATH2001 Statistics I
  • MATH2002 Statistics II
  • ILS2435 Leonardo da Vince
  • ILS2240 Knowledge and Evidence
  • ILS4430 Explorations in Symmetry
  • ILS4490 Statistics of Popular Culture

Professional Affiliations

American Mathematical Society (AMS)
Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC)

Q&A with J. Donato

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.

What College Do You Teach In?

College of Arts & Sciences