David Kraft

David Kraft

Professor Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences

Charles A. Dana Hall 152

David Kraft joined UB in 1982.  Currently Professor of Mathematics & Physics, he has also served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Interim Director of the UB Research Corporation and Professor of Electrical Engineering.   A native of Germany, he emigrated to the U.S. to settle in Brooklyn, NY and was educated in the New York City school system.  After graduation from Brooklyn Technical High School, he earned a B.S. in Physics at the City College of New York and a PhD in Physics at The Pennsylvania State University.   Positions held before joining UB include Professor of Physics at The Cooper Union, Division Director at the American Institute of Physics and Deputy Executive Secretary of the American Physical Society.  His research interests include astrophysics, nuclear fusion and mathematical modeling and has held grants or research contracts from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the State of Connecticut, the Petroleum Research Fund and the Research Corporation.  He has been awarded the Defense Department’s Commander’s Award for Public Service, the Harry Epstein Prize of the American Association of Physics Teachers and an Outstanding Teacher Award from the UB Alumni Association.

Appointments outside UB include Adjunct or Visiting Professorships at New York University, Columbia University and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and service as a NASA Faculty Fellow. He serves in leadership positions in various scholarly societies, on the Board of Directors of Friends of Music Concerts, Inc. and on a unit associated with the Penn State graduate school.   Personal interests include theater, opera and chamber music and he is an avid tennis player and sailor. 

Ph.D. in Physics, Pennsylvania State University