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Ion Bica

Associate Professor, Mathematics

PhD (Alberta)

5-101E, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Ion Bica is an associate professor of mathematics at MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta. He received his PhD at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, and he started working at MacEwan University in 2000 as a part-time instructor. He obtained a full-time position in 2003, and since then Dr. Bica has been active in teaching, research and service activities.

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Differential equations, nonlinear waves, conservation biology

Teaching and Research Interests

In addition to his regular teaching assignments, Dr. Bica’s specialized teaching interests are in the field of differential equations, the area in which he obtained his PhD. Dr. Bica’s research interests are in nonlinear waves and applications of differential equations in biology, conservation biology and population ecology.

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Bica, I., Zhai, Z., Hu, R., & Melnyk, M. H., (2019). Sound signature detection by probability density function of normalized amplitudes. Bridges 2019 Conference Proceedings, Tessellations Publishing, Phoenix, Arizona, 287-294.

Solomonovich, M., Bica, I., Gao, L., & Hailu, A., (2018). Analysis of Kramer’s coral-reef food web model. Theoretical and Applied Ecology2, 16-25.

Bica, I., Hillen, T., & Painter, K. J., (2017). Aggregation of biological particles under radial directional guidance. Journal of Theoretical Biology423, 77-89.

Bica, I. (2010). Oscillatory solutions for Sine-Gordon equation. Bridges 2010 Conference Proceedings, Tesslelations Publishing. Phoenix, Arizona. 493-494.

Kovalyov, M., & Bica, I. (2005). Some properties of slowly decaying oscillatory solutions of KP. ELSEVIER, Chaos, Solitons & Fractals 25, 979-89.

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • Merit Based Bursary, University of Bucharest (1993-1995)
  • Teaching & Research Assistantship, University of Alberta (1997-2002)
  • University of Alberta Scholarship, University of Alberta (1997-1999)
  • MacEwan Faculty Research, Scholarly Activity and Creative Achievements Award, MacEwan University (2010)
  • Nominated to receive MacEwan University's 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences Grant, PIMS (2017)
  • Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures, AITF iCORE Strategic Networking and Development Grant, AITF (2017)
  • Lyryx Advancing Learning Sponsorship (2017)
  • Nelson Publishing Sponsorship (2017)
  • Pearson Higher Education Sponsorship (2017)
  • Honour, Mace Bearer, MacEwan University (2018)
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, MacEwan University (2019)

Professional Associations / Memberships

The Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society, board of directors, member-at-large

Boards / Committees

  • English Language Proficiency, chair, MacEwan University
  • Roundtable discussion, MacEwan University representative, Alberta's K-12 math curriculum, Alberta Ministry of Education
  • Faculty Association Executive, vice-president, MacEwan University
  • Academic Council, member, MacEwan University
  • Faculty Caucus, chair, Academic Council, MacEwan University 
  • Tele-Commuting Task Force, Faculty Association representative, MacEwan University
  • Distance Delivery Education Committee, member, MacEwan University 
  • Blended Learning Subcommittee, member, MacEwan University 
  • Strategic Resource and Planning Advisory Committee, member, MacEwan University 
  • Program and Curriculum Committee, decanal appointee, Faculty of Arts and Science, MacEwan University 
  • Academic Planning and Priority Committee, member, vice-chair and chair, MacEwan University
  • Faculty Hiring Committees, member, MacEwan University
  • Rank and Title Department Committee, member, MacEwan University