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Charles R. Hadlock

Professor, Mathematical Sciences
Trustee Professor of Technology, Policy, and Decision Making
Department Chair, Finance Department
Ph.D., U of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, 1970
Office: Morison Hall 322 | 781.891._2178 |
Department Phone: 781.891._2702 | Department Fax: 206.339.7013

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An applied mathematician who promotes the application of mathematics in society, Professor Hadlock's teaching and research focus on mathematical modeling in relation to environmental and social issues. He has worked on major environmental cases such as Love Canal, Bhopal and Three Mile Island, and has advised multinational corporations and government agencies in the U.S. and abroad. His most recent book examines six common dynamics associated with collapse processes across a wide range of fields. Ongoing research focuses on the fragility of society, particularly how mathematical network models and agent-based simulations may help us understand how institutions can survive in the face of economic and environmental changes, new forms of conflict, and poor business or public leadership. A long-time consultant with Arthur D. Little, Inc, before coming to Bentley in 1990, his professional expertise ranges from corporate decision making to regulatory assessment. Previously served as Dean of the Undergraduate College.

Teaching Interests

Mathematical modeling; risk analysis; environmental management; the evolution of human society; service-learning

Research Interests

Risk analysis; agent-based modeling; applied mathematics; stability of societal structures

Consulting/Practice Interests

Agent-based modeling; mathematical modeling; risk analysis; environmental management

Professional Links

Professional Memberships

American Association for the Advancement of Science
Association for Political Theory
Financial Management Association
International Studies Association
Mathematical Association of America
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
American Finance Association

Awards and Honors

2013, Gregory J. Hall Award for Capstone Advising, Honors Program
2009, Service Learning Faculty Award, Bentley University
2009, Cronin Award, Bentley College
2003, Advisor of the Year Award
1997, Innovation in Teaching Award, Bentely College
1985, First Beckenbach Award, Mathematical Association of America, for Carus Monograph on field theory


Journal Article(s)
Banks, C. A., Bhama, P. K., Park, J., Hadlock, C. R., Hadlock, T. A. (2015). Clinician-Graded Electronic Facial Paralysis Assessment: The eFACE. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Hadlock, C. R., Sanz, M., Spelman, D. H. (2013). Going (Almost) Paperless. BizEd/ AACSB, 46-51. (link)

Hadlock, C. R. (2013). Service-Learning in the Mathematical Sciences. PRIMUS/ Taylor and Francis, 23 (6), 500-506.

Hadlock, C. R. (2013). Underground Mathematics. College Mathematics Journal/ Mathematical Association of America, 44 (5), 364-375.

Hadlock, C. R. (2013). Fasten Your Seat Belt and Start Your Engine!. Math Horizons / Mathematical Association of America, 12-15.

Szymanski, D. W., Hadlock, C. R., Zlotkowski, E. A. (2012). Using Public Sector Research Projects to Engage Undergraduates. Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) Quarterly, 33 (2), 19-26. (link)

Gulati, G. J., Hadlock, C. R., Gainsborough, J. F. (2011). VODYS: An Agent-Based Model for Exploring Campaign Dynamics. Social Science Computer Review, 29 (2), 250-72. (link)

Adams, S. M., Carter, N. C., Hadlock, C. R., Haughton, D. M., Sirbu, G. (2008). Proactive Encouragement of Interdisciplinary Research Teams in a Business School Environment: Strategy and Results. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 30 (2), 153-164.

Carter, N. C., Hadlock, C. R., Haughton, D. M. (2008). Generating random networks from a given distribution. Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, 52 (8), 3928-3938.

Adams, S. M., Carter, N. C., Hadlock, C. R., Haughton, D. M., Sirbu, G. (2008). Change in connectivity in a social network: a Bayesian perspective. Connections, 28 (2), 17-27.

Hadlock, C. R. (2007). Practicing Mathematics in the Public Arena: Challenges and Outcomes in Some Prominent Case Studies. American Mathematical Monthly, 114 (2007) (December), 849-870.

Adams, S. M., Carter, N. C., Hadlock, C. R., Haughton, D. M., Sirbu, G. (2006). A recipe for collaborative research. BizEd September/October, September/October, 30-34.

Hadlock, C. R. (2012). Six Sources of Collapse. Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America.

Hadlock, C. R. (2005). Mathematics in Service to the Community: Concepts and models for service-learning in the mathematical sciences. Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America.

Hadlock, C. R. (1998). Mathematical Modeling in the Environment. Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America.

Hadlock, C. R. (1978). Field Theory and Its Classical Problems. Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America.

Hadlock, C. R. (1977). Ecuaciones Diferenciales Ordinarias. Bogot�: Sociedad Colombiana de Matem�ticas.

Book Chapters
Hadlock, C. R, Infurna, J, Koutoujian, P, Ricci, J. (2009). Pandemic Flu Planning Support for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Service-Learning with Government Partners. San Francisco: . Jossey-Bass

Hadlock, C. R. (2003). Environmental Detective Work. Environmental Mathematics. Washington, DC: . Mathematical Association of America

Book Reviews
Hadlock, C. R. (2013). [Review of the book Improving Risk Analysis]. SIAM Review / Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Conference Presentations

Hadlock, C. R. (2015). "The Dynamics of Collapse Processes." Presented at the Society for Risk Analysis's SRA Lecture Series, Cambridge, MA.

Hadlock, C. R. (2015). "The Complex Dynamics of Cooperation and Competition." Presented at the Green Mountain College's Sophomore Plenary Lecture, Putney, Vermont.

Hadlock, C. R. (2014). "Six Sources of Collapse." Presented at the SIAM Chapter at Tufts University's Visiting Speaker Series.

Hadlock, C. (2014). "Six sources of collapse: a mathematician’s perspective on how things can fall apart in the blink of an eye." Presented at the Bentley University's Mathematics Seminar Series.

Hadlock, C. R. (2014). "Games, Competition, Cooperation, and Evolution." Presented at the Providence College's Visiting Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture, Providence, RI.

Hadlock, C. R. (2014). "Incorporating field experiences into an environmental modeling course." Presented at the Mathematical Association of America's Joint Mathematics Meetings, Baltimore, MD.

Hadlock, C. R. (2013). "Nonstandard Mathematical Pathways and Careers." Presented at the Boston College Matheatmics Department's Careers in the Mathematical Sciences, Chestnut Hill.

Hadlock, C. R. (2013). "The Role of Service-Learning in STEM Education." Presented at the ASEE's American Society for Engineering Education National Conference, Atlanta.

Hadlock, C. R. (2013). "Sustainability or Collapse? Key Dynamics That May Determine Our Future" Presented at the Mathematical Association of America's MAA Distinguished Lecture Series at the Carriage House, Washington, DC.

Hadlock, C. R. (2013). "Lessons from the Passenger Pigeon." Presented at the Northern Kentucky University's Mathematics Awareness Month Visiting Lecture, Greater Cincinnati Region.

Hadlock, C. R. (2011). "Analysis of the BP Macondo Well Accident." Presented at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics's Joint Mathematics Meetings, New Orleans.

Hadlock, C. R. (2011). "Service Learning Opportunities in Mathematics." Presented at the Mathematical Association of America's Joint Mathematics Meetings, New Orleans.

Gulati, G. J., Gainsborough, J. F., Hadlock, C. R. (2007). "VODYS: An Agent-Based Model for Exploring Campaign Dynamics." Presented at the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.

Carter, N. C., Hadlock, C. R., Haughton, D. M., Sirbu, G. (2007). "Generating Random Networks from p1 and p-star Models with Applications to Distributions of Graph-Level Indices." Presented at the IASC 07 - Statistics for Data Mining, Learning and Knowledge Extraction, Aveiro, Portugal.

Hadlock, C. R. (2007). "Pandemic Flu Planning Support for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts."

Hadlock, C. R. (2007). "Service-Learning in the Mathematical Sciences."

Gainsborough, J. F., Gulati, G. J., Hadlock, C. R. (2007). "VODYS: An Agent-Based Model." Presented at the Government Department, Harvard University's Political Behavior and Psychology Workshop, Cambridge, MA.

Knutel, P. G., Robbert, M., Hadlock, C. R. (2001). "Pervasive IT in the Undergraduate Curriculum - Challenges and Strategies." Presented at the National Undergraduate Business Symposium Annual Conference, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.


Department Service
Committee Chair for Statistics Hiring Committee, 2012 - 2013
Committee Chair for Scholarly Activities Committee, 2011 - 2013

University Service
Committee Member for Hoffman Prize Committee - Present
Task Force Member for Sustainability Task Force - Present
Committee Member for Service-Learning Advisory Board, 2006 - Present
Department Chair for Finance Department, 2013 - 2015
Committee Member for Retirement Plan Investment Committee, 2013 - 2015
Committee Chair for Chair, University Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2011 - 2014
Committee Member for University Risk Management Committee, 2010 - 2013

Professional Service
Editorial Review Board Member for Mathematical Association of America, 2008 - 2014