Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Ratnasingham Shivaji, H. Barton Excellence Professor
Department Head


Office: Petty 118
Phone: 334-5836
Email address:
Personal web page:
Starting year at UNCG: 2011
Office hours: TR 1:30-3:00


Ph.D. in Mathematics, Heriot-Watt University (1981)


Fall, 2014
  • MAT 390-01 LEC (Ordinary Differential Equations), TR 11:00-12:15, Sullivan Science Building 203
  • MAT 593-01 IND (Directed Study in Mathematics)
  • MAT 701-01 SEM (Graduate Seminar in Computational Mathematics)
  • MAT 790-02 IND (Directed Doctoral Research)
  • MAT 790-03 IND (Directed Doctoral Research)
  • MAT 799-01 DIS (Dissertation)
  • MAT 799-02 DIS (Dissertation)
Spring, 2015
  • MAT 390-01 LEC (Ordinary Differential Equations), TR 9:30-10:45, Petty Building 223
  • MAT 659-01 IND (Advanced Topics in Mathematics)
  • MAT 799-03 DIS (Dissertation)
  • MAT 799-04 DIS (Dissertation)

Research Interests

Applied Math, Mathematical Biology
Current Students: Quinn Morris, Byungjae Son

Selected Recent Publications

  • Semipositone problems with falling zeros on exterior domains, Lakshmi Sankar, Sarath Sasi and R. Shivaji, J. Math. Anal. Appl., Vol. 401 (2013), No. 1, pp.146-153.
  • A uniqueness result for a singular nonlinear eigenvalue problem, Alfonso Castro, Eunkyung Ko and R. Shivaji, ┬áProc. Royal Soc. Edin., Vol. 143A (2013), pp. 739-744.
  • Existence results for classes of infinite semipositone problems, Jerome Goddard II, Eun Kyoung Lee, Lakshmi Sankar and R. Shivaji, Boundary Value Problems, Article ID 2013-97 (2013), 9 pages.
  • Multiplicity and uniqueness of positive solutions for elliptic equations with nonlinear boundary conditions arising in a theory of thermal explosion, Peter Gordon, Eunkyung Ko and R. Shivaji, J. Nonlinear Analysis Series B: Real World Applications, Vol. 15 (2014), pp. 51-57.
  • Diffusive logistic equation with constant yield harvesting and negative density dependent emigration on the boundary, Jerome Goddard II and R. Shivaji, J. Math. Anal. Appl., Vol. 414 (2014) No. 2, pp. 561-573.

Brief Bio

Ratnasingham Shivaji joined the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) as H. Barton Excellence Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in July 2011. Prior to joining UNCG, he served for twenty-six years at Mississippi State University (MSU), where he was honored as a W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor. He received his Ph.D in Mathematics from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1981 and his B.S (first class honors) from the University of Sri Lanka in 1977. Shivaji's area of specialization is partial differential equations, and in particular, nonlinear elliptic boundary value problems. His research work has applications in combustion theory, chemical reactor theory, and population dynamics, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Simon's Foundation. To date, Shivaji has authored or coauthored one hundred and twenty-one research papers, and served as thesis advisor for eleven Ph.D. graduates.