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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

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.

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.


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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