2017 faculty list will be announced in January, 2017 with updates on an ongoing basis.
Harold Reiter returns for his sixth time at Epsilon Camp. Reiter is Professor of Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. For more than 30 years, he has contributed problems to math competitions including the American Math Competitions and MATHCOUNTS. He has served as chair of the AMC committee and as a MATHCOUNTS judge. In the last 12 years, he has taught at math camps for high school and middle school students in the United States; Bangalore, India; Bali, Indonesia; and Chengdu, China.
Wendy K. Tam Cho is Professor of Political Science and Statistics and Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. She is also a recent recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, a faculty member in the Illinois Informatics Ph.D program, the Computational Science and Engineering Program, the Cline Center for Democracy, and the CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies, all at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on the development of statistical and computational tools for data analysis and intelligent information extraction. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation as well as through supercomputing allocation grants on the Blue Waters supercomputer. Her interest in teaching mathematics to young children was piqued while raising her three boys. Her three sons are Epsilon Camp alumni.
Chaim Goodman-Strauss has been enjoying mathematics since he was a child. He obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, and has worked at the University of Arkansas since 1994, with shorter stays at the Univ. Minnesota, Princeton, UNAM (Mexico) and elsewhere. His mathematical research is primarily in geometry and topology, particularly in aperiodic tiling. He has been involved in mathematical outreach, exposition and illustration, founding the Saturday Morning Math Group at UT, teaching at Epsilon Camp, and producing the Math Factor podcast at mathfactor.uark.edu . Chaim's art can be seen at mathbun.com . Chaim was co-author of The Symmetries of Things with John H.Conway and Heidi Burgiel.
Edmund Harriss always found he could do math, though he was not that interested until, at 12, a teacher showed him its power and beauty. He has remained driven by that passion ever since, obtaining a PhD from Imperial College in London and now lecturing at the University of Arkansas. His research ranges from pure mathematics; considering the ways shapes can fit together to make tilings, to the applied; using advanced geometry to help control robotic milling machines. He also works to open up the beauty of mathematics on his blog Maxwell's Demon.
Sofya Raskhodnikova is an associate professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Penn State University. She received her undergraduate degree in mathematics with computer science and her graduate degree in computer science from MIT. As a kid, she was fortunate to have amazing math teachers, to participate at math olympiads, and to attend a math camp. Her research area is design and analysis of algorithms, with focus on algorithms for big data and privacy-preserving algorithms.
Rolfe Schmidt has been passionate about Mathematics ever since he proved his first theorem in middle school. He studied Computer Science at the University of Southern California and Mathematics at Princeton University, where his research in Mathematical Finance led him to a career in industry. He has published research in database systems and developed sensor calibration algorithms used in several open source libraries. His current research interests include Complex Analysis and the Theory of Computation. He is a father of three – all Epsilon Camp alumni – and lives in a home that seems like a year-round Math camp. He is the founder of a Seattle area Math Club and teaches classes in Mathematics, Electronics, and Programming for elementary and middle school children. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to help guide such incredible students into the world of Mathematics.
Martin J. Strauss is a professor at The University of Michigan. His
research interests include algorithms for bigdata, data privacy, and
sustainable energy. He is a frequent speaker at math circles and
similar gatherings, where he favors hands-on and kinesthetic
Kelli Talaska teaches mathematics at UC Berkeley and is involved with several math circles in the Bay Area—having a great time exploring math with kids of all ages. Kelli earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and most of her research is in algebraic combinatorics.
Carolyn Yackel has been fascinated by mathematics her entire life. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and her MS and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan. She is currently an associate professor of mathematics at Mercer University. Her primary focus is on how mathematics can be expressed through fiber arts (e.g., knitting, crochet, temari), and how it informs the enactment of the craft. In this area, she has published two edited volumes: Making Mathematics with Needlework and Crafting by Concepts, and is hard at work on her third. Other research areas of interest include mathematics education and recreational math (flexagons). She particularly loves (abstract) algebra.