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James T. SMITH, MA 1964, is editing this news page. He is retired from teaching at SFSU. His 2010 paper, “Definitions and nondefinability in geometry,” won a Lester R. Ford award for exposition in mathematics, from the Mathematical Association of America.
Steven NERNEY, BA 1966, earned an MS in Physics from SFSU in 1968, and a PhD in astro-geophysics from the University of Colorado in 1974. He pursued a scientific career at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View and at Ohio University, Lancaster. Now retired in Boulder, Colorado, Nerney is a performing musician. He has dedicated his recent folk-music CD to Lawrence CHANG, BA 1968, known in those years as Larry TRUONG. Larry died in 1983 after a distinguished but too brief career, including service as assistant professor in our Department; he is a member of the SFSU Alumni Wall of Fame.
Dennis MORITZ, BA 1971, visited the Department recently. He earned an MS in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley and has pursued a career in analysis and software development for financial services. In 2004 he founded his own company, the San Francisco firm Advantage for Analysts.
Christina (Tina) JOHNSON WAGNER, BA 1974, is Director of Information Systems at the California School Employees Association (CSEA), headquartered in San Jose. Previously she enjoyed a long career with Chevron.
Jeffrey VARNER, BA 1974, died on 22 March 2012. A longtime resident of Pacifica, Varner had a career as a systems engineer and research manager in the computer industry. A life-long enthusiast for all things nautical, Varner was a frequent sailor in the Bay Area and the Caribbean.
Jonathan LAW, BA 1978, is currently a software developer for ETrade Financial in the Sacramento area. He did graduate work in computer science at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Tong-Nan GINN, BA 1979, MA 1986, is now working in the Bay Area as a trainer for Kaiser Permanente.
Mahyar AMOUZEGAR, BS 1987, is Dean of the College of Engineering at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He earned doctorates in electrical engineering and operations research at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1991 and 1994. Before coming to Pomona in 2011, he worked for the RAND Corporation and served on engineering faculties in California and New Zealand.
Ruth RADETSKY, BA 1991, teaches mathematics at Balboa High School in San Francisco.
Andrew ELLETT, MA 1995, teaches mathematics at Balboa High School in San Francisco.
Stefano IANNONE, BS 1995, has been teaching high-school mathematics since 1997 at an international school in Rome, Italy. He also teaches part-time at the John Cabot University in Rome. Iannone earned a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Rome in 2007.
Seth BRAVER, BA 1999, teaches mathematics at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington. Braver earned the PhD in history of mathematics at the University of Montana in 2007. The Mathematical Association of America has recently published his book Lobachevsky Illustrated, on non-Euclidean geometry.
Shuichiro TAKEDA, MA 2001, is now Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Missouri in Columbia, specializing in number theory.
Katherine Marie (Kaytee) BOCK, BS 2002, is now a senior manager of business development at the Nevro Corporation in Menlo Park. The company is introducing technology to improve the role of spinal cord stimulation in the treatment of chronic pain.
Seth SULLIVANT, MA 2002, is now Associate Professor of Mathematics at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, specializing in algebraic combinatorics. He has been named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.
Ian SAMMIS, MA 2003, is now Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Holy Names University in Oakland.
Alexander MILOWSKI, MA 2004, is an innovative software developer in San Francisco. He wants to make it easier for our students to do what he did at San Francisco State, and to use his academic and industrial background to enable more students to meet the requirements of entrepreneurship. To that end, he has endowed a scholarship that each year will cover one semester of tuition for a promising graduate student. Thank you, Alex!
Gabriel LUCAS, MA 2005, is now Director of Technology at the Castilleja School in Palo Alto, California.
Vanson NGUYEN, MA 2005, teaches mathematics and coordinates the first-year experience at Skyline College, in San Bruno, California.
Viveka ERLANDSSON, MA 2006, is currently a research fellow at the Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. She earned the PhD in 2013 from City University of New York, with a dissertation entitled The Margulis Region in Hyperbolic 4-Space.
Jemma LORENAT, BA 2007, is studying for a PhD in history of mathematics in a joint program of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and l’Institut Henri Poincaré in France. Presently, though, she’s teaching part-time at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
Candice PRICE, MA 2007, is now Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the United States Military Academy. She earned the PhD degree from the University of Iowa in 2012, with a dissertation entitled A Biological Application for the Oriented Skein Relation. She is organizing a session on Women Math Warriors at the January 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, Maryland.
Andrew VAN HERICK, MA 2007, is employed as a software developer by Archimedes, a San Francisco health-care modeling firm.
Kim SEASHORE, MA 2007, has published the results of her master’s thesis in the SIAM Journal of Discrete Mathematics in joint paper with four coauthors, including our Profs. Federico Ardila, Matthias Beck, and Serkan Hosten: “Root polytopes and growth series of root lattices.” Seashore is currently a PhD student in mathematics education at the University of California in Berkeley.
Aaron DALL, MA 2008, published the results of his master’s thesis, “Bounds on the coefficients of tension and flow polynomials,” in the Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics, jointly with Felix Breuer, a postdoctoral researcher in our Department. Dall is now a PhD student in applied mathematics at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.
Mitchell OSTER, BA 2008, is now teaching with the Peninsula Bridge secondary-school organization in Menlo Park, California.
Brooke Tiefenthal ARROYO, BA 2009, is teaching mathematics at James Denman Middle School in San Francisco. She is a partner teacher in the Department’s NSF-sponsored (CM)2 program for enriching the mathematical experiences of our students in collaboration with teachers and students from San Francisco public schools.
Jameson CAHILL, MA 2009, earned a PhD from the University of Missouri in 2013 with a dissertation on Frames and Projections. He has been appointed to a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University.
Daniel DEWOSKIN, MA 2009, is now a graduate student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Kirsten FREEMAN, MA 2009, is now teaching at West Valley College in Saratoga, California.
Elizabeth GROSS, MA 2009, earned the PhD in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, in the area of algebraic combinatorics. She has been appointed Assistant Professor of Mathematics at San Jose State University, but is on leave this year to undertake NSF-sponsored postdoctoral study under supervision of Seth Sullivant, MA 2002. (See an item about him above this.)
Emily McCULLOUGH, BA 2009, taught mathematics at Mission High School in San Francisco, serving as a partner teacher in the Department’s NSF-sponsored (CM)2 program for enriching the mathematical experiences of our students in collaboration with teachers and students from San Francisco public schools. Now she has returned to the Department as a graduate student, and is continuing to work with students and teachers in that program.
Amanda RUIZ, MA 2009, has completed a PhD program in combinatorial mathematics at Binghamton University in New York, with a dissertation on Realizations of complex matroids. She now has a postdoctoral research position at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California.
Walter SOLÓRZANO, BA 2009, is teaching mathematics at the Escuela Comunitaria Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 in San Francisco.
Aaron Ya-Luhn WONG, BA 2009, is teaching mathematics at Balboa High School in San Francisco.
Anastasia CHAVEZ, BS 2006, MA 2010, is a PhD student at the University of California in Berkeley, specializing in enumerative combinatorics. In Summer 2013 she assisted with a mathematics research program for undergraduates at the University of Hawaii in Hilo.
Andrew HERMANN, MA 2010, is an actuarial assistant at Farmers Insurance in the Los Angeles area.
Nguyen LE, MA 2010, has publishedthe results of her master’s thesis in a joint paper with our Prof. Matthias Beck and one other coauthor: “Mahonian Partition Identities Via Polyhedral Geometry”. She is currently a PhD student in mathematics at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Kelley WALKER, BA 2010, MA 2013, is a PhD student in mathematics at the University of Houston, Texas.
Mela HARDIN, MA 2011, won an award for the best graduate presentation in mathematics at the 2011 National Conference of SACNAS, a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists. She spent a year studying biostatistics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has now entered the mathematics PhD program at Arizona State University in Tempe.
Stacey HUBBARD, MA 2011, is teaching mathematics to the upper grades at the San Francisco Waldorf Grade School.
Yuchen LU, BS 2011, completed a Master of Engineering degree in applied operations research at Cornell University in May, 2012.
Alyssa PALFREYMAN, MA 2013, is now a PhD student in mahtematics at Northeastern University in Boston.
Tu PHAM, MA 2011, has published the results of his master’s thesis in the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics in a joint paper with our Prof. Mathias Beck and one other coauthor: “Enumeration of Golomb rulers and acyclic orientations of mixed graphs.” Pham is currently a PhD student at the University of California, Riverside.
Dido SALAZAR-TORRES, MA 2011, is a PhD student in mathematics at the University of Iowa.
Jonathan TER HORST, MA 2011, is a PhD student in statistics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Michael GARCIA, MA 2012, is studying for the doctorate in mathematics education at the University of California, San Diego.
Logan GODKIN, MA 2012, is a PhD student in mathematics at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
Tia BAKER, MA 2013, is now a mathematician with the United States Navy.
Zachary BOWEN, MA 2013, is now a PhD student at the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany.
Steven COLLAZOS, MA 2013, is a PhD student in mathematics at the University of Minnesota. He has won an NSF graduate research fellowship.
Michael HENLEY, MA 2013, is now teaching mathematics at San Francisco University High School.
Jack LOVE, MA 2013, is a PhD student in mathematics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Rika YATCHAK, MA 2013, is now a PhD student in mathematics at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria.