Hydrologic Statistician

Professional Profile

Dr. Friel has over 35 years of experience as a mathematician. He is also a tenured Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton campus, where he taught Probability, Mathematical Statistics, Business Statistics, Calculus I, II, III, Foundations, Modern Algebra, College Algebra, Differential Equations, Real Analysis, Logic and Proof, Fortran Programming, Operations Research, Mathematics for Physical Science Students, Applied Probability Theory (Graduate), Mathematical Modeling, Stochastic Processes, Precalculus, Calculus for the Social and Life Sciences, Mathematics for Liberal Arts Students, Fundamental Concepts of Elementary Mathematics, Career Options in Mathematics, Problem Solving for Teachers (Graduate), Algebra for Teachers (Graduate), Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations.


A.B. Mathematics, University of Michigan, 1962
M.A. Mathematics, Wayne State University, 1964
Ph.D. Mathematics, University of New Mexico, 1972


Mathematical Association of America
Institute of Mathematical Statistics
American Association of University Professors
Congress of Faculty Association
- Honor Society for International Scholars

Academic Experience
1982-present Professor
1980-2004 Chair, Department of Mathematics
1978-1982 Associate Professor
1973-77 Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics
California State University, Fullerton
1971-73 Assistant Professor
Mathematics Program
Southwest Minnesota State College
1967-70 Teaching Assistant
Department of Mathematics
University of New Mexico
1964-67 Instructor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics
Adrian College

Professional Services

Moderator, “An Evening with the Experts,” CSUF Math Club Presentation, spring 2003

Judge for Poster Session, Joint AMS/MAA National Meetings, 2001, 2002, 2003

Master of Ceremonies Joint North/South MAA Meeting, San Luis Obispo, October,1995

Distinguished Service Award Selection Committee, MAA, 1994

Member, Awards Committee, MAA, 1993 - 1995

Governor, MAA, 1992 - 1995

California State University Entry Level Mathematics Test Development Committee, 1992 – 1995

Chair, Southern California, MAA, 1989 - 1990

Host, Southern California MAA/SIAM Meeting, spring 1989

1st Vice Chair, Southern California, MAA, 1988 - 1989

2nd Vice Chair, Southern California, MAA, 1987 - 1988

Local Arrangements Committee, AMS/MAA National Meeting, Anaheim, CA, 1983


Marie Linder, CSUF, Department of Chemistry. Testing for statistically significant differences in serum ceruloplasmin and copper concentrations of male lung cancer patients and controls by use of the Wilcoxson rank sum test.

M. Upadhray, Union Oil Research, Brea. A Geometrical interpretation of the mean for a probability distribution.

George Roth, CSUF, Library Computing Systems. Selection of the sample size for a random access book utilization study.

Research Grants and Contracts

1. Project Calculus with M. Bonsangue et al., 1996.

2. A Portable Computer for Classroom Use, 1989 - 1990.

3. Workshop Program for Excellence in Mathematics, jointly with H. Edwards, 1988 - 1989.

4. Lottery Proposal for Joint Math and Physics Computer Support Lab, jointly with D. Woolum, J. Feagin and K. Messer, 1988 - 1989.

5. Lottery Proposal - Mathematics: A Human Endeavor. Funded via funds from the N.S.M. Dean's Office, 1988.

6. Research Assistantship Program, jointly with T. Hromadka, funded through Williamson and Schmid, 1987-1995

7. ELM Tutorial/Learning Assistance, funded by Chancellor's Office, 1988 - 1991.

8. Grant Administrator,Applied Master's Projects, 1981 – 2004.

9. An Institute in Applied Mathematics for High School Teachers, Project Director, N.S.F. - Pre-College Teacher Development Program, 1980 - 1981.

10. Summer Program in Mathematics with Computer Programming for High Ability High School Students, N.S.F. - Student Science Training Program, Instructor, 1978.

11. Four Lottery Proposals for Distinguished Lecturers to the Department of Mathematics, CSUF.

12. ELM Trust Fund Monies - awarded for three consecutive years.


1. "What If - A Case In Point," jointly with G. Gannon, Mathematics Teacher, April 1995 Vol. 88 No. 4, pp. 320-322.

2. "A Modern Fairy Tale," Dean of N.S.M. newsletter (written at the Dean's request), 1988.

3. The Growth of Administrative Problems, UMAP Journal, Su 1987, Vol. 8, No. 2.

4. Contribution to article on family planning in Mathematical Spectrum, A probabilistic approach, Vol. 18, No. 1, 1985/86.

5. An Elementary Proof of a Famous Counting Problem, Two-year College Mathematics Readings, Mathematical Association of America Press (M.A.A.), Dec. 1981.

6. A Convergence Rate for Adaptive Prediction of Time Series Using a Modified Conjugate Direction Method, Sankhya, The India Journal of Statistics Series A, Vol. 40, Part 1, 1978.

7. Adaptive Prediction of Stationary Time Series by Modified Conjugate Direction Methods, Communications in Statistics, 4(1), 1975.

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