About the Authors
Dean L. Zeller is in the computer science Ph.D. program at Kent State University. He achieved his Masters of Science in computer science from Bowling Green State University in 1996, as well as his Bachelors of Science in mathematics and computer science in 1992.
He has ten years of teaching experience in the education industry. Eight of the ten years have been in higher education environments, teaching classes introducing new students to computers, mid-level programming classes such as data structures and computer architecture, and up to advanced courses on compiler design, artificial intelligence, and computability theory. He also has two years of experience teaching to high- and middle-school students. He is a member of the Web Math Education team. His research interests include: computer science education, bioinformatics, and statistical algorithms.
Dr. Michael Mikusa
Dr. Mikusa started his career as a middle school mathematics teacher in Columbus Public Schools after graduating from The Ohio State University. While teaching 5 different courses to an average of 195 students my first two years, I opted for a teaching position in the Mathematics department at OSU while working on a masters degree in Mathematics Education. After completing my degree (and getting married) I took a position teaching mathematics at Clearview high school in Lorain, Ohio. While in Lorain I also taught mathematics part time at Lorain County Community College. After 6 years in Lorain I started the PhD program and took a research assistant position for the Logo and Geometry project headed by Dr. Michael Battista at Kent State University. As research assistant I conducted over 500 clinical interviews with children grades K-6. I finished my PhD and have been a faculty member in the department of Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University for 14 years. My current research includes how students develop geometric reasoning, mathematics teacher professional development, and how web-based mathematics education can facilitate teachers and students learning of mathematics.
Dr. Paul Wang
A Ph.D. and faculty member from MIT, Paul Wang became a Computer Science professor (Kent State University) in 1981, and is currently a Director at the Institute for Computational Mathematics at Kent. Paul is a leading expert in Symbolic and Algebraic Computation (SAC). He has conducted over forty research projects funded by government and industry, published eight textbooks, many also translated into foreign languages, and released many software tools. He received the Ohio Governor's Award for University Faculty Entrepreneurship (2001). Paul supervised 10 Ph.D. and over 25 Master-degree students. His main research interests include Internet Accessible Mathematical Computation (IAMC), enabling technologies for and classroom delivery of Web-based Mathematics Education (WME), polynomial algorithms, as well as parallel and distributed SAC. He continues to work jointly with experts in other disciplines such as Visual Communication Design and Mathematics Education in research and curriculum development.