Matthew Morena - Directory - Christopher Newport University


Matthew Morena

Honors Program - Department of Mathematics

Matthew Morena

Assistant Professor

Luter Hall 351
(757) 594-8558


  • Ph D in Applied Mathematics, University of New Hampshire
  • MA in Mathematics, University of Virginia
  • MS in Applied Mathematics, North Carolina State University
  • BS in Mathematics, Washington and Lee University


Differential Equations
Mathematical Modeling
Nonlinear Dynamics
Numerical Analysis


Applied Mathematics
Dynamical Systems
Chaos Theory
Periodic Orbit Theory


Dr. Matt Morena joined the faculty of Christopher Newport University in 2017 having previously earned a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire. His research explores applications of nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory with the goal to explain various perplexing scientific phenomena. He has also earned master's degrees in Mathematics from the University of Virginia and in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University, as well as a B.S. in Mathematics from Washington and Lee University. Prior to joining CNU, Dr. Morena taught as an Assistant Professor at Young Harris College.

Selected Accomplishments

  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2023). The Euclidean Discus Toss. PRIMUS (Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies). Volume, 33. Issue, 10. Pages, 1071-1090.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2021). Chaotic Entanglement: Entropy and Geometry. Entropy. Volume, 23. Issue, 10. Pages, 1254.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2020). Fundamental Cupolets of Chaotic Systems. Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science. Volume, 30. Pages, 093114.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2019). Signatures of Quantum Mechanics in Chaotic Systems. Entropy. Volume, 21. Issue, 6. Pages, 618.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2019). Video Made the Calculus Star. PRIMUS (Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies). Volume, 29. Issue, 1. Pages, 43-55.
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