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R. Andrew Hicks

R. Andrew Hicks, PhD

Department of Mathematics
Office: Korman Center 266
Phone: 215.895.2681

Additional Sites:


  • PhD, Mathematics, University of Pennsylvania, 1995
  • BA, Mathematics, Queens College CUNY, 1988

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Manifold
  • Geometric optics
  • Robotics
  • Inverse problems
  • Optical design
  • Blind spot


R. Andrew Hicks is a professor of mathematics at Drexel University. Professor Hicks’ main interests are geometry and inverse problems in geometric optics. He graduated from Queens College CUNY in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics. He received his PhD in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995, with a thesis titled “Groups Actions and the Topology of Nonnegatively Curved Four-Manifolds." From 1996-99 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania GRASP laboratory, where he developed panoramic vision systems for the control of mobile robots. For this work, and related inventions that solve the blind spot problem for motor vehicles, he holds four U.S. patents.

Selected Publications:

Recent Articles

R. Andrew Hicks, Sarah G. Rody and Ronald K. Perline. 2020, Anti-Eikonal Equation of an Eigenmirror. Journal of the Optical Society of America A, Volume 37, Issue 10, p. 1566-1573.

Sarah G. Rody, Ronald K. Perline, and R. Andrew Hicks. 2019, Eigensurfaces of Eigenmirrors. Journal of the Optical Society of America A, Volume 36, Issue 8, pp. 1312-1321.