Dr. Hope McIlwain

Professor of Mathematics
Co-Chair of Mathematics Department

Hope McIlwainEducation

  • Ph.D., Mathematics, Rice University
  • B.S., Mathematics, Furman University


Graph theory and combinatorics

Professional Interests

Dr. Hope McIlwain’s work focuses on studying analytics and ranking methods for a wide-range of sports. She has supervised the following student projects:

  • Elijah Evers, USAFA, 2019-20, Using offensive and defensive statistics to predict wins and losses for NHL games
  • Jonathan Beall, 2015-16, Modeling the game Humans vs. Zombies using the SIR infection model
  • Elizabeth Knapper, 2014-15, Predicting Wins and Losses: A Volleyball Case Study
  • Tyler Allee, Jonathan Beall, and Alex White, 2013-14, Modeling population data from three Georgia counties
  • Sophia Rivera, 2013-14, Understanding Intra-continental Trade through Ranking Methods

Recent Publications

  • Hope McIlwain (2018), ”6-011-T-HumansVsZombies,” https://www.simiode.org/resources/5520.
  • Tyler Allee and Hope McIlwain,“A Modified Massey Method Approach to Ranking Players on the PGA Tour,” The UMAP Journal of Undergraduate Mathematics and Its Applications, April 2017.
  • Hope McIlwain (2016),“1-95-S-RatingChessPlayers,” https://www.simiode.org/resources/2688.
  • Elizabeth Knapper and Hope McIlwain, “Predicting Wins and Losses: A Volleyball Case Study,” College Mathematics Journal, Vol. 46, No. 5 (November 2015), pp. 352-358.

Contact Dr. Hope McIlwain

(478) 301-5637
Office: Ware Hall, Room 211