Natalie Cartwright

Natalie Cartwright

  • Assistant Professor


Natalie Cartwright earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration and doctorate in mathematics from the University of Vermont.

She was a postdoctoral associate in the University of Vermont’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department before accepting a Mathematics Department position at the State University of New York, New Paltz. She became associate professor in 2014, spent a yearlong sabbatical at Colorado State University, and chaired SUNY New Paltz’s Mathematics Department for two years before coming to Norwich University.

Cartwright’s research is in applied asymptotic analysis with a particular emphasis on wideband electromagnetic pulse propagation through dispersive material. Her research work was supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research from 2006 through 2019. Her recent work is in the area of optical trapping in which birefringent crystals are spatially manipulated by laser light. She presents her work at both national and international conferences and publishes in peer-reviewed journals.

In 2021 and 2022, Cartwright received Vermont Biomedical Research Network Pilot Awards to fund research using machine learning and study youth firearm violence.

She has taught a wide range of mathematics courses, including special topics courses in dynamical systems, fractals and linear algebra, and enjoys working with students both within and outside of the classroom. She has mentored student chapters of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the Association for Women in Mathematics and has worked with undergraduate students on both independent studies and research projects.

She encourages students in mathematics, engineering, physics, computer science and all sciences to contact her about potential projects.