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Ross Sweet

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ross Sweet is dedicated to his students’ educational and professional success through innovative instructional methods and insight into geometric and topological problems and applications.


After completing a postdoctoral position at Northwestern University, in 2017 Ross Sweet came back to his hometown of Des Moines to join Simpson College as an assistant professor. Ross works closely with students, faculty, and staff to help students achieve their educational and professional goals in math and actuarial science.

Ross is a member of the MAA, an MAA Iowa-NExT fellow, and a PIC Math Fellow. He is active in math education workshops and conferences, including the Academy of Inquiry Based Learning and the Chicago Symposium Series for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science.


  • Algebraic geometry
  • Topology
  • Mathematics Education


  • Mathematics Department Excellence in Teaching Award, Northwestern University, 2016
  • Northwestern Panhellenic Association and Interfraternity Council Faculty Appreciation Award, Northwestern University, 2014


  • Ph.D. in Mathematics, Boston University, 2013
  • Dissertation: Equivariant unoriented topological field theories and G-extended Frobenius algebras
  • B.A. in Mathematics, Northwestern University, 2006


  • Takashi Kimura and Ross Sweet. (2017) Adams operations on the virtual K-theory of P1,n. Journal of Algebra and its Applications, Vol. 24, No. 8.