The MathCON organization is proud to be supported by accomplished academia nationwide.
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.
Concept Schools, MathCON
Director of Mathematics Education
Ayhan Caputlu has a Master of Science Degree in Mathematics and a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership. He is currently the Director of Mathematics Education for Concept Schools. Around high school is when he decided that he wanted to become a math teacher because he had an amazing teacher who treated students as individuals whose ideas and opinions mattered. That teacher helped him realize that he could make a difference in other peoples’ lives. Now, he has 15 years of teaching experience in grades 6-12, he has experience publishing 3 math textbooks for High School Mathematics, and currently has been with Concept Schools for 9 years.
In those 9 years, he became the mastermind behind MathCON, a nationwide popular math competition for students grades 5-12. He also helps the teachers with their students, visit schools, prepares practice tests for the students, organizes math events, and more. The more he learns about math education, the more he finds that it’s the place for him. As an educator, he also feels that sharing his lifelong love of learning with his students has been a great accomplishment. Many students go to his class thinking math is “okay” or “alright”, but soon they develop a love for the subject.
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.
St. John’s University, New York
Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
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.
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.
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.
Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, and Educational Technology
Dr. Jessie Chitsanzo Store is an Assistant Professor at Alma College in Central Michigan where she teaches courses in Mathematics, Mathematics Education, and Educational Technology. She received a Ph.D. in Mathematics Teacher Education and Development in 2012 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also has Master’s Degrees in Educational Assessment and Evaluation from the University of Botswana, and Instructional Technology from Central Michigan University. She has published in local and international journals on the teaching and learning of mathematical reasoning. She has presented at regional, national, and international conferences on mathematical thinking, using technology to support assessments and mathematical understanding, and on teacher education. She also conducts Professional Development for teachers on Mathematics Teaching, and Technology such as Tinkerplots, SPSS, and Geogebra and Google for Education.
University of Chicago
Andrew MacLeish Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics
Shmuel Weinberger is the Andrew MacLeish Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics at University of Chicago. He is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his work in geometry and topology and their connections within and outside mathematics and was chairman of the Mathematics department at Chicago from 2012 to 2017. He loves the surprising role that geometry plays in many otherwise serious problems..