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.
Danielle Champney is an assistant professor of mathematics at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, after completing undergraduate and masters degrees in Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Danielle's primary research interests are twofold: the study of how students connect their understanding of mathematics, physics, and engineering at all grades and ages; and the study of how students use visual images when problem solving and learning new topics in calculus. She is also active in cultivating middle-high school/undergraduate partnerships with Cal Poly and partner schools, with an emphasis on building mentorship opportunities between college and pre-collegiate students, and works with students and teachers of all ages to promote active learning in math classes from grades K through 16+.
Tom Edgar is an associate professor of mathematics at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. 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 an assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Louisville. He received a PhD in mathematics and a masters degree in curriculum and instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include mathematical logic, dynamical systems, and combinatorics. He also works closely with prospective elementary school teachers and has taught mathematically talented students at the elementary school level (in Illinois and Kentucky), middle school level (in New York), and high school level (in Texas). He is very excited to be working with 7- and 8-year-olds at Epsilon Camp.
Tatiana Shubin is Professor of Mathematics at San Jose State University. For 20 years, she has run a math circle for local middle and high school students. In 2012 she helped to launch the Navajo Nation Math Circle project which is now featured in a documentary Navajo Math Circles. Recently, she co-founded an extension of the project, the Alliance of Indigenous Math Circles. She has translated and edited several books for budding mathematicians and their teachers.
Gabriel Sosa is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Amherst College. He worked as a Middle/High School teacher in Costa Rica for eight years before pursuing a graduate career as a Mathematician. He received his PhD from Purdue University in 2015. His research interests include Combinatorial and Computational Commutative Algebra, Graph Theory and Mathematics Education. He trained the teams that represented Costa Rica in the Iberoamerican Mathematical Olympiads in 2000, 2001 and 2002, and the International Mathematical Olympiads in 2006 and 2007.
David Wright is an emeritus professor of mathematics at Brigham Young University. He received the MAA Intermountain Section Distinguished Teaching Award. In addition to his research and university teaching duties, he worked as content reviewer for Houghton-Mifflin for grades 5-6 and as mathematics advisor to Harcourt on grades K-6. More recently, he worked with Engage New York on Grade 6-7 Mathematics and Geometry. He founded the Brigham Young University Summer Math Camp in 2011 with grant from the Dolciani Foundation. He started one of the nation’s first Math Circle Programs at Brigham Young University.
A former counselor and assistant faculty member at Epsilon Camp, James Farre is in the process of completing his graduate work in geometric topology at the University of Utah. His research explores the rich interplay between surface theory, three-dimensional hyperbolic geometry, volume, and topological spaces. James is a former dancer who trained in classical ballet and modern dance.
Maria Samuelson, Director of Programs and Admissions
Maria is involved with home school and gifted education groups and her local math club. She has a graduate degree in Theater History and Criticism and has taught university courses in performance art and performance studies. Maria looks forward to working with current and prospective Epsilon Camp families.
Cindy Lippard, Camp Operations Director
Cindy is heavily involved in gifted education. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology and a graduate degree in business. She is the founder of Willow Scholars, instructor, math team coordinator, and homeschooler. She applies her experience as a professional project manager to help the camp run efficiently. Cindy is a parent to a former Epsilon camper. Epsilon Camp holds a special place in her heart and the hearts of her family. She feels honored to join the staff.
Elizabeth Kappler, Parent Program Coordinator
Elizabeth Kappler is passionate about math and science education. She has an electrical engineering degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and is currently a software engineering manager at Intel. She runs several math clubs at her children's school and is heavily involved in education outreach with Intel. She is the parent of a former camper, and enjoys serving the parent community of Epsilon Camp.
Madhu Bhangi, Camp Operations
Madhu Bhangi has a Masters degree in Computer Engineering and is working at CenturyLink. He is the parent of an Epsilon Camp alumnus, and has been involved in Epsilon Camp since 2012. With his experience in logistics and management, Madhu works behind the scenes ensuring that camp runs smoothly while also contributing in many areas. He enjoys helping others in need, listening to books and learning new things.
Paul Zeitz is Professor of Mathematics at University of San Francisco. He was a member of the first US team to the International Math Olympiad, and coached several US teams. He wrote The Art and Craft of Problem Solving in 1999, and produced a 12-hour video course for the Teaching Company in 2009 with the same title. Prof. Zeitz is the co-founder of Proof School in San Francisco, the nation's first full-fledged secondary school for "kids who love math."
Spencer Bowen is adjunct professor of mathematics and statistics at the University of San Francisco, Director of the San Francisco Math Circle, and an affiliate of the Julia Robinson Math Festival. He has also taught at mathematics programs in summer camps. Mr. Bowen will work with the 7-8 group at Epsilon Camp.