I was a graduate student in
the Department of
Mathematics at the University of Chicago for six years. I
received my M.S. degree in 1992, and my Ph.D. at the August
1997 convocation.
I was supported as
a Lecturer
in Mathematics
and McCormick
Fellow, and my dissertation research was conducted
with faculty
adviser Sid Webster.
My teaching career at Chicago was four years (thirteen quarters) of
lecturing Calculus (131-2-3, 151-2-3) and Pre-Calculus ("Essential
Mathematics" 101-2-3), preceded by a training year as a College Fellow
for Honors Calculus (161-2-3). During some of these classes, I
supervised undergraduate Junior
Tutors. I was a reader
for Differential Topology, Differential Geometry, and Algebraic
Topology, and I also volunteered with the Young
Scholars Program. While at Chicago, I gave several talks in the complex analysis, geometric topology, and Pizza seminars, and was invited to speak on "Steiner Surfaces as Projections of the Real Veronese Variety," at the Computer Science Department Colloquium, Purdue University, August 1996. I also attended several conferences, including the workshop "Schubert Varieties; Geometry, Algebra and Combinatorics," at Oberwolfach, March 31 - April 5, 1997. |

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I received my B.S. with Distinction and
High Honors
in Mathematics from
the University of Michigan in May
1991, after living in Ann Arbor for four years. I was President
of The Society of
Physics Students, and active in
the Undergraduate
Math Club. I was employed as
a grader
for Calculus, Linear Algebra, Complex Variables, and Transformation
Groups in Geometry, in addition to various other odd jobs. My Honors
thesis, A Classification of Quadratically Parametrized Maps of the
Real Projective Plane, was the result of
a NSF Research
Experience for Undergraduates project, and then independent study,
with Prof. Art Schwartz. Our research led to
a joint paper
on
Steiner
Surfaces.
- 1988: William J. Branstrom freshman prize
- 1989: Edwin Wilkinson Miller prize, undergraduate mathematics
- 1989: Natural science sophomore honors award
- 1991: Addison-Wesley book award, undergraduate physics
- 1991: Induction into Sigma Pi Sigma honor society for physics
- re-typeset version of my B.S. thesis: 37 pages + 10 Figures.
My activity with the Society of Physics Students included on-campus science outreach programming in cooperation with CRV. The "Trickle Down Physics" program was later described in an article by S. D. Ikeda, "Physics Rules!" in the University of Michigan publication |

I graduated from St. Johns High School in 1987. Also that year, I won second prize in a National High School Essay Contest sponsored by the United Nations Association - USA. From 1983 to 1987 (and continuing after), I did volunteer work with Community Resource Volunteers (CRV).