# 2019 Faculty

Faculty will continue to be announced through Spring 2019.

Interested faculty applicants for 9- to 11-year-old classes must be mathematicians who have published in mathematical journals in their field of research. Assistant Faculty applicants must possess a bachelor's degree or higher qualification in mathematics. All applicants should have interest and experience in working with children 7 to not yet 12 years of age with extreme intelligence and a love of mathematics.

Please contact Dr. George R. Thomas, Executive Director at thomas@epsiloncamp.org. Faculty and Assistant Faculty are paid honorarium, provided room and board, and reimbursed for travel to and from camp.

## Faculty

George R. Thomas is an independent mathematician with long experience teaching and mentoring in summer programs for students showing high promise in mathematics. He founded Canada/USA Mathcamp, MathPath and Epsilon Camp. Thomas’s research has ranged over Semigroups and Extremal Graph Theory with forays in Analytical Number Theory. See Dr. Thomas' views on mathematics education in America's schools.

Csaba Biro is an Associate Professor of mathematics at the University of Louisville. He received his PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008. His research interests are combinatorics of partially ordered sets, graph theory, and geometry. He has taught mathematically talented 6th graders in Hungary to prepare them for an intensive mathematics magnet program. He had a great time teaching in the 2018 Epsilon Camp, and he is looking forward to returning this year.

Tom Edgar is an associate professor of mathematics at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington and he is the editor-elect for the MAA periodical Math Horizons. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame after beginning his advanced studies at Colorado State University. His mathematical interests lie in the areas of algebraic combinatorics and the representations of Coxeter groups. More recently he has been interested in number theory as related to integer sequences and visualizing mathematics. He has worked closely with undergraduates on a number of summer research projects and is enthusiastic about working with future mathematicians of all ages.

Aaron Hill is a teacher at Proof School, a school for kids who love math in San Francisco. He received a PhD in mathematics and a masters degree in education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before taking his position at Proof School, he held positions as a postdoctoral research associate (University of North Texas) and assistant professor (University of Louisville). His primary research was in the areas of mathematical logic and dynamical systems. He taught at Epsilon Camp last year and at BEAM (a three-week summer program for middle school students) in 2014 and 2017. He is excited to be returning to Epsilon Camp this year.

Zoltán Kovács is a Hungarian researcher in fields of mathematics education, dynamic geometry and algebraic geometry. He worked several years in Hungary at Bolyai Institute, Szeged, as a research assistant, and moved to Austria in 2011 to receive his PhD (2015) in mathematics education at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz. He is currently an assistant professor at The Private University College of Education of the Diocese of Linz and a team member of Linz School of Education at University of Linz. As a core developer at GeoGebra he maintains the source code of the module Automated Reasoning Tools.

Cara Jokell is an adjunct professor of mathematics at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She will work with the Pythagoras group at Epsilon Camp 2019. Ms. Jokell has master’s degrees in mathematical finance and math education. She has taught gifted students in Brooklyn Heights and Charlotte, where she is the director of the Mecklenburg Math Club.

**Chaim Goodman-Strauss, **on the faculty of the University of Arkansas, works in convex geometry, especially aperiodic tiling. He is a co-author with John H. Conway of *The Symmetries of Things*, a comprehensive book surveying the mathematical theory of patterns. Prof. Goodman-Strauss has been on the Epsilon Camp faculty during its first year and several ensuing years.

Teena Carroll is an Associate Professor of mathematics at Emory & Henry College in Southwest Virginia. She received her PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008. Her research interests are combinatorics of partially ordered sets, graph theory, and Egyptian fractions. She has taught mathematical topics at an academic summer camp and JUMP Math at a project-based community school.

Richard Ilson is an Instructor in the Department of Computer Science and Quantitative Methods at Winthrop University. Previously he was a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at UNC Charlotte for fifteen years, where he was responsible for the discrete math course. He has bachelor and master degrees from MIT, and is an alumnus of Bronx Science, and Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics. He enjoys working with children, having homeschooled his own and helped lead a math club for elementary school students in the Charlotte area.

## Visiting Speakers

Arthur Benjamin, Harvey Mudd College, recipient of Mathematics Association of America's Haimo Prize for Distinguished University Teaching, is also a professional magician, and frequently performs at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. He is the author of several books, and five DVD courses from The Great Courses series, including "The Joy of Mathematics", "The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles", and "The Secrets of Mental Math", "Discrete Math" and "Math and Magic". He has demonstrated and explained his calculating talents to audiences all over the world and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, His TED talks have been viewed over 20 million times. In 2017, he was given the Communications Award for Public Outreach by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics.

Alexander Soifer is a Russian-born American mathematician and mathematics author. His works include over 400 articles, and 13 books. Soifer has been a professor of mathematics at the University of Colorado since 1979. He was visiting fellow at Princeton University 2002–2004, and again 2006–2007. Every spring, Soifer, along with other mathematician colleagues, sponsors the Colorado Mathematical Olympiad (CMO) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.