Parent of two bright, numerate children Professor, Purdue University 2004-Present Guest math instructor, Cumberland Elementary School Senior Engineer, Bosch 1999-2004 Lab Manager, Lear Corp. 1995-1999 Civilian Aerospace Engineer, USAF 1985-1995
Math should be fun. It can be a game, a puzzle or a way of finding out something useful. But there is no reason it can't be fun. The only good way to learn math is to do it. We all know how to count and how to draw pictures using basic shapes. Those are a great starting point.
Murphy Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, Purdue University. Dwyer Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, Purdue Polytechnic Institute. School of Engineering Technology Undergraduate Teaching Award Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, University of Dayton, 1993 M.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Dayton, 1988 B.S. Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, VA Tech, 1985
I was not a great math student in high school or college. When I finished school and had the change to learn math in my own way, I found I liked it. When I became and engineer and needed math to solve pressing problems, I had a reason to practice and got a lot better at it. Teaching math to my own children when they were little was just a hoot. We started with numbers and shapes and just took it from there.