
MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES



Donald L. White
Professor

Contact Information and Schedules
Contact Information
Mail: 
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 442420001
U.S.A. 
Office: 
212 MSB 
Office Phone: 
(330)6729034 
FAX: 
(330)6722209 
Department Phone: 
(330)6722430 
email: 
white@math.kent.edu 
Class Schedule  Fall 2023
Course 
Room 
Days 
Time 
MATH 71011  Advanced Group Theory 
MSB 376 
MWF 
8:509:40 AM 
MATH 12002  Calculus I 
MSB 120 
MF 
9:5510:45 AM 

Professional Background
I earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in mathematics from
Ohio State University in 1980 and 1982, respectively, and a Ph.D.
in mathematics from
Yale University
under the direction of
Walter Feit
in 1987. I held a postdoctoral position at the
University
of Illinois at Chicago from 1987 to 1989 before joining the faculty
of the Department of
Mathematical Sciences at Kent State
University in August of 1989. Currently I am a Professor
of Mathematics.
My research interests are in the representation theory of finite groups,
modular representation theory of finite groups of Lie type in nondefining
characteristics, and computational modular character theory.
Representative Publications:

M. L. Lewis and D. L. White,
FourVertex Degree Graphs of Nonsolvable Groups, J. Algebra 378 (2013), 111
(Published Online)

D. L. White,
Character Degrees of Extensions of PSL_{2}(q) and
SL_{2}(q), J. Group Theory 16 (2013), 133
[Character Degrees of Extensions of PSL_{2}(q)
(Old Version)]

M. L. Lewis and D. L. White,
Nonsolvable Groups with No Prime Dividing Three Character Degrees,
J. Algebra 336 (2011), 158183

M. L. Lewis and D. L. White,
Nonsolvable Groups All of Whose Character Degrees are OddSquareFree,
Comm. Alg. 39 (4) (2011), 12731292

D. L. White, Degree Graphs of Simple Groups,
Rocky Mountain J. of Math. 39 (no. 5) (2009), 17131739

D. L. White,
When Every Answer is Correct: Why Sequences and Number Patterns Fail the Test,
(Preprint)

D. L. White,
Degree Graphs of Simple Orthogonal and Symplectic Groups,
J. Algebra 319 (2008), 833845

M. L. Lewis and D. L. White,
Nonsolvable Groups Satisfying the OnePrime Hypothesis,
Algebr. Represent. Theory 10 (2007), 379412

M. L. Lewis and D. L. White,
Diameters of Degree Graphs of Nonsolvable Groups, II,
J. Algebra 312 (2007), 634649

D. L. White,
Degree Graphs of Simple Linear and Unitary Groups,
Comm. Algebra 34 (8) (2006), 29072921

M. L. Lewis and D. L. White,
Diameters of Degree Graphs of Nonsolvable Groups,
J. Algebra 283 (2005), 8092

D. L. White,
Degree Graphs of Simple Groups of Exceptional Lie Type,
Comm. Alg. 32 (9) (2004), 36413649

M. L. Lewis and D. L. White,
Connectedness of Degree Graphs of Nonsolvable Groups,
J. Algebra 266 (2003), 5176
(See also Corrigendum, J. Algebra
290 (2005), 594598)

D. L. White,
Decomposition Numbers of Unipotent Blocks of Sp_{6 }(2^{a})
in Odd Characteristics,
J. Algebra 227 (2000), 172194

D. L. White,
Decomposition Numbers of Sp_{4 }(2^{a}) in Odd Characteristics,
J. Algebra 177 (1995), 264276

G. Hiss and D. L. White,
The 5modular Characters of the Covering Group of the Sporadic Simple Fischer
Group Fi_{22} and its Automorphism Group, Comm. Alg.
22 (9) (1994), 35913611

D. L. White,
Brauer Trees of 2.Aut(F_{4 }(2)), in ``Group Theory:
Proceedings of the Biennial Ohio StateDenison Conference,'' (S. Sehgal
and R. Solomon, eds.), World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, 1993, pp.
326336

D. L. White,
Brauer Trees of 2.F_{4 }(2), Comm. Alg. 20
(11) (1992), 33533368

D. L. White,
Brauer Trees of Sp_{4 }(q), Comm. Alg. 20
(3) (1992), 645653

D. L. White,
Decomposition Numbers of Sp_{4 }(q) for Primes Dividing
q+1,
q1,
J. Algebra 132 (1990), 488500

D. L. White,
The 2Decomposition Numbers of Sp_{4 }(q), q odd,
J. Algebra 131 (1990), 703725

D. L. White,
On the 2Decomposition Numbers of Sp_{4 }(q),
Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.) 18 (1988), 4144
Mathematics Links

Kent State Algebra Seminar

Kent State Algebra Qualifying Exams

Professional Organizations
Personal Interests
I am married to Barbara White and we have 3 children  David , Katie,
and Daniel.
Barb is Deputy Director
of the AkronSummit County Public Library.
Other links of interest:
Family Pets
All Things Lebowski
Donald White
white@math.kent.edu