Bruce Char



Office: University Crossings 142
Phone: 215-895-2670



  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A. Mathematics, Swarthmore College


Symbolic mathematical computation, algorithms and systems for computer algebra, problem-solving environments, parallel and distributed computation.


Bruce Char is a Professor of Computer Science at Drexel University. Dr. Char received his B.A. in Mathematics from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He works in the areas of symbolic and numeric mathematical computation, parallel computation, interactive multimedia for education, and problem-solving environments. Dr. Char was instrumental in developing Maple, a general purpose computer algebra system that performs both symbolic and numerical calculations and has facilities for interactive two- and three-dimensional graphics. Prior to joining the Drexel faculty, he was a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Dr. Char is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Mathematical Association of America, the IEEE Computer Society, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He is the author or co-author of five books and more than 70 articles and papers.