Emese Kennedy

Emese Kennedy

Emese “Emi” Kennedy is a visiting assistant professor in the department of mathematics and statistics. Prior to coming to Hollins in 2016, she worked at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA for a year.

Kennedy is originally from Budapest, Hungary, and she has also lived in Bangkok, Thailand for three years. She earned a B.A. in mathematics from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and both a M.S. and Ph.D. in applied mathematics from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.

In her spare time, Kennedy enjoys playing euro style strategy board games, and solving all kinds of Rubik’s cube-like puzzles.

Areas of Expertise

  • Kennedy's Ph.D. dissertation focused on the practical real-time implementation of nonlinear control methodologies for swinging-up and balancing an inverted pendulum. During her time at NC State she also regularly assisted a research team in mathematics education who study the mathematical sophistication of undergraduate students, and work on developing better ways students can be supported as they study mathematical concepts.

Courses Taught

  • MATH 105: Quantitative Reasoning in Today's World
  • MATH 140: Precalculus
  • MATH 241: Calculus I
  • MATH 242: Calculus II
  • MATH 255: Methods of Matrices and Linear Algebra
  • MATH 316: Several-Variable Calculus
  • MATH 351: Differential Equations


  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University
  • M.S., North Carolina State University
  • B.A., Skidmore College

Publications & Articles

  • E.A. Kennedy and H.T. Tran (2016) Real-Time Stabilization of a Single Inverted Pendulum Using a Power Series Based Controller. Transactions on Engineering Technologies, Int. MultiConference of Engineers and Computer Scientists, Springer, (ed. by Gi-Chul Yang, Oscar Castillo, Xu Huang, Sio-Iong Ao), ISBN 978-981-10-0550-3
  • E. Kennedy, H. Tran, “Swing-up of an Inverted Pendulum on a Cart Using a Modified Energy Based Approach,” In International MultiConference of Engineers and Computer Scientists 2016, Hong Kong, March 2016. International Association of Engineers. (ISBN: 978-988-19253-8-1)
  • E. Kennedy, H. Tran, “Real-Time Implementation of a Power Series Based Nonlinear Controller for the Balance of a Single Inverted Pendulum.” In International MultiConference of Engineers and Computer Scientists 2015, pages 237-241, Hong Kong, March 2015. International Association of Engineers. (ISBN: 978-988-19253-2-9)


  • Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Blue ’17 Fellow
  • Best Paper Award of The 2016 IAENG International Conference on Control and Automation, Hong Kong

Research Interests

  • As an applied mathematician, Kennedy’s research interests include modeling dynamical systems, optimal control theory, and parameter estimation.
  • She is also interested in research in mathematics education. More specifically, she is interested in developing open source educational resources that focus on active learning, studying the effects of using educational technology, and the role of writing in the mathematics curriculum.