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Advisory Board Members

The MathCON organization is proud to be supported by accomplished academia nationwide.

Noah Aydin

Kenyon College

Professor of Mathematics, and Chair of Scientific Computing Program

Professor  Aydin joined Kenyon College in 2002 where he has been teaching a wide range of mathematics and computer science courses. His primary research area is algebraic coding theory. More generally, his research interests include applications of algebra, finite fields, cryptography, combinatorics, theoretical computer science, and history and philosophy of science. Additionally, he is interested in pedagogy and mathematics education. Professor Aydin enjoys working with undergraduates on mathematical research and has published many papers with Kenyon students.  Outside his academic work, he enjoys playing and watching soccer and has a great interest in meteorology.

Ayhan Caputlu

Concept Schools, MathCON

Director of Mathematics Education

Stanley Chang

Wellesley College

Professor of Mathematics

Stanley Chang received his mathematics Ph.D. at the University of Chicago under the direction of Professor Shmuel Weinberger. He is currently a mathematics professor at Wellesley College outside of Boston, where he is particularly interested in curricular innovation and mathematical rigor. He has advised many of his students into graduate school and works to ensure the success of underrepresented minorities in the sciences. The current holder of the Mildred Lane Kemper Chair at Wellesley, he writes research articles on the subject of topology, and is also interested in applying mathematics to the new and growing field of digital archaeology.

Joan DeBello

St. John’s University,  New York

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Assistant Chair

Dr. Joan E. DeBello is currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at St. John’s University College of Professional Studies Division of Computer Science Mathematics and Science. She is also the Assistant Chair of the Division as well as the Women in Science Program Faculty Coordinator. She was also a technology fellow for the Center of Teaching Learning from 2015-2017.  She holds an EdD in Mathematics from Columbia University, an MA in Mathematics from St. John’s University and a BS in Mathematics and Mathematical Physics From St. John’s University.  She has presented internationally and locally at many Mathematics, Computer Science and Technology in Education Conferences. Her research areas include increasing women and diversity in STEM areas, mathematics and sports, engaging students in first level programming courses, memory and mathematics, using mobile applications to help with Alzheimer’s and early problems of Speech and ADD and ADHD in children, ethics in big data and security, privacy in the Internet of Things and Academic Service Learning to enhance a course experience.  Dr. DeBello is also a member of many organizations including the AMS, MAA, IEEE, CCSC, and the  AITP. She is a lifetime member of Empire Who’s Who and Manchester Who’s Who.  She is also active in grant writing and co-curricular clubs at St. John’s University where she moderates the College of Professional Studies Honor Society, the Computer Science Society and the Division’s Learning Community events.

Sinan Kanbir

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education

Dr. Sinan Kanbir is an Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences Department at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He received his Ph.D. from Illinois State University in mathematics education. Prior to his appointment at UW-Stevens Point, he spent several years teaching math at the middle and high school levels, and university level courses for prospective middle and elementary school teachers. Currently, he teaches mathematics education/mathematics preservice elementary and middle school teacher courses. His research interests include the development of students’ and teachers’ algebraic reasoning, particularly in the elementary and middle grades, the development of pre-service teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching. Dr. Kanbir has been working with mathematically promising students almost two decades. He identified and coached several cohorts of mathematically talented students from grade 4 to 12 which they participated national and international mathematics Olympiads. He also has been teaching at several summer/winter camps all across the States. He likes to write problems that promote sense making and reasoning.

Bryna Kra

Northwestern University

Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor of Mathematics

Bryna Kra is the Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor of Mathematics at Northwestern University.  She won the American Mathematical Society Conant Prize, was awarded a Centennial Fellowship, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Mathematical Society. She held positions at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, the Institute des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques in France, at the University of Michigan, the Ohio State University, and Pennsylvania State University, before joining the faculty at Northwestern University in 2004.

Julius Nadas

Wilbur Wright College

Professor of Mathematics

Julius Nadas received his Master’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Upon receiving his degree, Professor Nadas worked at Sperry UNIVAC as a software developer.  While at UNIVAC, he worked with Grace Murray Hopper among others.Professor Nadas started working at Wilbur Wright College in the Fall semester of 1976 in what was then called the Data Processing Department. He served as chair of the department from 1993 through 2006 at which time he was transferred into the Mathematics Department.Professor Nadas has served as the elected president of the Wright College Faculty Council and served over ten years as secretary of the Faculty Council of the City Colleges of Chicago. Professor Nadas has received the Wright College Distinguished Service, the PTK Golden Apple and the SGA Advisor of the Year awards. Professor Nadas’ hobbies include spending time with his family and eight grandchildren, riding his Harley Davidson and participating in the the Chicago Hungarian Community.

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