current positions

Previous positions

  • Associate and Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Southwestern University, 2007-2018

  • Co-founder, co-organizer and co-instructor of SU EQUIP Summer Program 2016-2018

  • Chair of the Curriculum Committee 2017-2018

  • Chair of the Enrollment and Retention Committee, 2015-2016

  • Science Advisor, NPR's Studio 360, Science and Creativity series, 2015-2016

  • Advisory board member, Art.Science.Gallery in Austin, TX, 2013-2016

Teaching

  • Linear Algebra and Algebraic Structures in Fall 2019

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Recent community outreach and selected talks

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  • Oct 2018 Visualizing homographies: distortions (or the lack thereof) in photos shadows and art, Paideia Connections Talk, Southwestern University

  • Jul 2018: Perspectives of a mathematician artist, Honors Summer Math Camp Colloquium for high school students, Texas State University

  • Apr 2018: How to mathematically immerse yourself in art, University Lecture Series, Texas State University

  • Apr 2018: When artists become mathematicians, public lecture, Phi Beta Kappa (En)Lightning Talks Houston

  • Feb 2018: Learning station on hyperbolic crochet coral reefs, Hot Science, Cool Talks, Environmental Science Institute, UT Austin

  • July 2017: Fractals in Japanese woodblock prints, Academic Lecture Series, Japan America Society of Greater Austin

  • Jan 2017: The Mathematics of sidewalk illusions, TED-Ed Animation and Lesson

  • Dec 2016: Learning station on hyperbolic crochet: Fuzzy Math, Thinkery21 at the Thinkery, Austin, TX

  • Feb 2016: Learning session: Mathematics of perspective drawing, Operation Math Girls Conference for high school students, Sam Houston State University, TX

  • Dec 2014: Community workshop: Hyperbolic crochet, Art.Science.Gallery, Austin, TX

  • Dec 2014, 2013: Community workshop: Mathematical origami ornaments, Art.Science.Gallery, Austin, TX

PUBLICATIONS

AWARDS AND GRANTS

  • 2018: MAA Carl B. Allendoerfer Award for expository excellence of papers published in Mathematics Magazine in 2017

  • 2015: Dr. Lawrence Musgrove’s Visual Thinking for Engaged Learning grant, $500, funded by the Presidential Innovation Grants Initiative

  • 2012-2014: NSF-DUE Type I grant #1140113, $69,432, a two-year grant to write a textbook on Projective Geometry Applied to Perspective Art (together with co-PI Annalisa Crannell's portion, $73,344), National Science Foundation

    • One of 125 awards out of 1050 submitted proposals.

  • 2011: AIBL Small Grant, $4000, a grant to create an inquiry based learning math and art course, funded by the Educational Advancement Foundation

  • 2009: Faculty-Student Project Research Grant, $7590, a grant to do research with a student for his honors thesis for 8 weeks, Southwestern Univerisity

  • 2009: Brown Innovation in Teaching Award, $9000, a grant to research innovative pedagogy and organize a teaching workshop, Southwestern University

  • 2007: B.F. Bryant Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Vanderbilt University