My dad never cared much about my grades. He asked only that I do my best. He was proud of me if I had done so, even when my grades were low; and when they were high, he was a little disappointed if I had not.
As I grew up, I looked out for ways to make a living. If one aims at doing some good beyond securing material comfort, one looks for ways to use one's talents and interests in worthwhile ways. To teach someone is clearly a worthwhile goal. These things led me to seek out a career as a teacher of mathematics. I hope to inspire my students to strive for their best. They can do no more than that. I have never had to worry about whether following this career has been worth the effort. I am glad to be at a place where teaching is my primary duty and is supported so strongly by my colleagues.
BA| Reed College| 1985
MS| Columbia University| 1986
M.Phil.| Columbia University| 1991
PhD| Columbia University| 1991
Math 110, 111, 112, 120, 211, 212, 221, 250, 297R, 315; advising expertise: mathematics and computer science majors, pre-engineering (dual degree) program, physical sciences, pre-med.