Neranga Fernando


Office: Swords 339
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Email: nfernand AT holycross DOT edu
Office Phone: 508-793-2459

About me

I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

My life so far

I was born in Negombo in Sri Lanka and raised in Ekala, which is a small town in the west coast of Sri Lanka. I completed my elementary education at Newstead Girls College in Negombo and then went to Maris Stella College in Negombo to complete my middle school education and high school education. Having earned my B.Sc. (special) degree in Mathematics at the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka, I moved to Florida to complete my Master's degree and Doctoral degree in Mathematics at the University of South Florida . I completed my Ph.D. in Spring 2013 at the University of South Florida under the supervision of Professor Xiang-dong Hou with a dissertation titled A study of permutation polynomials over finite fields. I moved to Boston in August, 2013 to be a Lecturer (this designation was renamed as Assistant Teaching Professor in 2018) in the Department of Mathematics at Northeastern University, and I was there until June, 2019. To the surprise of many, I fell in love with the winter while I was in Boston. In July 2019, I moved to Pittsburgh to join Carnegie Mellon University for a year. I took a break in the academic year 2020/2021. I spent sometime in Indiana and came back to Pittsburgh. In July 2021, I moved to Worcester to join the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at College of the Holy Cross as a Visiting Assistant Professor.

Academic Experience

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, 08/2021 - present
  • Eugene P. Shelly Visiting Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 08/2019 - 05/2020
  • Lecturer/ Assistant Teaching Professor, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 08/2013 - 06/2019
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 01/2008 - 05/2013
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 05/2007 - 12/2007



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