Faculty

Directors

Adriana O'Brien—Academic Director

Adriana O'Brien joined Wolfram in 2011. She holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and education from DePauw University. Adriana is a certified math teacher by the Illinois Department of Education and has multiple years of teaching experience at the high school and college levels. She currently works in the Partnerships division at Wolfram Research, building relationships with organizations and individuals in the ed tech space.

YEARS: 2015

Crystal Fantry—Program Director

Crystal Fantry joined Wolfram in 2009. She holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and education from Stonehill College and a master's degree in mathematics from Boston College. Crystal is a certified math teacher by the Massachusetts Department of Education and has multiple years of teaching experience at the high school and college levels. She currently teaches upper school math at Beaver Country Day School and continues to work with Wolfram on educational initiatives and Mathematica Summer Camp. Her passion for mathematics started at a very young age and continues to grow.

YEARS: 2012 | 2013 | 2014

Catherine Boucher—Program Director

Catherine Boucher joined Wolfram in 1998. She is currently the Executive Director of Special Projects for Wolfram. Her team is responsible for early development of new initiatives at Wolfram including those focused on K–12 education. She and her team led the original development of Wolfram|Alpha and currently handle its mathematical content, parser development, and partnerships. She is also a founding director for the Wolfram Foundation. Catherine received her PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

YEARS: 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015

Carol Cronin—Event Director

Carol Cronin joined Wolfram in 1996 and leads the program administration for our education initiatives including Wolfram Sponsorships, Wolfram Foundation, and the Wolfram Summer Programs. She attended Eastern Illinois University, has six kids, and serves on her school district's Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee.

YEARS: 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015

Instructors

Peter Barendse

Peter Barendse attended the University of Vermont and received his PhD in mathematics from Boston University in 2010. The topic of his doctoral dissertation was combinatorial large cardinal hypotheses. He has published articles online and in The Journal of the Mathematical Society of Japan.

His scholarly interests are mathematical logic, dynamical systems, theoretical computer science, physics, philosophy, and economics. Besides these, he enjoys teaching, playing sports, debating, watching and making movies, and traveling.

YEARS: 2012

Nick Brandaleone

Nick has been a member of the Boston high-tech community for over twenty years. His expertise is in networking, software, and computer security. Nick has a master's degree from Harvard University in math and teaching. His hobbies include electronics, chess and puzzles, walking his dog, and most importantly, watching his kids grow and excel.

YEARS: 2013

Erin Craig

Erin Craig graduated from New College of Florida with a BA in mathematics. Inspired by the beauty of both algebra and automata, she spent her final year of college at University of California, Berkeley exploring a class of cellular automata over 2n colors that have a relationship to the dihedral groups. Erin attended the NKS Summer School in 2009, where she explored reducibility of string substitution systems. She joined Wolfram Research as a software developer in 2009, and now leads the team developing math content for Wolfram|Alpha.

YEARS: 2012 | 2013 | 2014

Daniel Fortunato

Dan graduated from Tufts University in 2013 where he studied mathematics and computer science as an undergraduate. He's worked at Wolfram since then as part of the Wolfram|Alpha parser group, where he also helps out with math content development. Prior to working at Wolfram, Dan interned at Apple in 2012, where he worked on new image processing filters for Photo Booth that were released in OS X 10.9. He is an avid drummer and plays in a jazz/funk/soul/R&B band in the Boston area.

YEARS: 2014

Rick Hennigan

Rick recently completed a bachelor's degree in mathematics at Salem State University. His research interests primarily involve computational topology and geometry with a focus on algorithms for computing the persistent homology of large high-dimensional datasets. Aside from mathematics, Rick has interests in astronomy, cycling, and all things related to space exploration.

YEARS: 2013 | 2014 | 2015

Matthew Hoek

Matt teaches high school mathematics at Columbia Prep School in New York City. He has taught there for nine years and uses Mathematica in the classroom. Matt earned a BS in math and physics from St. Lawrence University. He enjoys patterns and puzzles, and he's excited to be part of the Summer Camp.

YEARS: 2012 | 2013 | 2014

Chip Hurst

Chip Hurst joined Wolfram in 2011. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree in mathematics from Purdue University. He has experience teaching in graduate school and loves helping people learn. Currently, Chip is a math content developer for Wolfram|Alpha, concentrating mainly on Step-by-step solutions. His scholarly interests include analytic number theory, algorithms, and numerical methods.

YEARS: 2013 | 2015

Kyle Keane

Kyle joined Wolfram in 2012 as a research programmer. His main areas of interest are the pedagogical effectiveness of interactive graphics, physics education, accessibility, and improved user experience. Kyle received a PhD in physics from the University of California, Riverside. His academic research focuses on utilizing weak quantum measurements to protect quantum systems from Markovian decoherence.

YEARS: 2013

Alison Kimball

Alison is a senior at Bates College where she majors in mathematics and religious studies. At school, Alison tutors for various courses including Calculus, Linear Algebra and GRE preparation. In her spare time, Alison enjoys skiing and playing tennis.

YEARS: 2014 | 2015

Mark Lawton

Mark has twenty years of experience utilizing technology in the teaching of math and physics.

Mark has a master's degree in engineering from University of California, Berkeley and a master's of liberal arts from St John's College, as well as two undergraduate degrees from Syracuse University. Mark enjoys kiteboarding, rock-climbing, cycling, and creative writing.

YEARS: 2012

Robert Morris

Rob Morris is a midwesterner who bounced between the coasts before finally settling back in the Midwest. He received undergraduate degrees in math and physics from Brown University. After college he worked with the Special Projects group at Wolfram Research, where he helped launch the Wolfram Demonstrations Project. Rob then went back to grad school to get a PhD in particle physics theory from NYU. After a brief stint of research in stem cell development, Rob has rejoined Wolfram Research with the goal of creating new Wolfram technology-based educational initiatives.

YEARS: 2015

Stephanie Oh

Stephanie has a BA and MS in mathematics from Northwestern University and Purdue University. She has been at Wolfram for about a year as part of the Education Software Technology group, helping to find ways to spread the Wolfram Language. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling. She also enjoys topology and graph theory and loves to teach others about it. She is an impulsive Groupon purchaser, and her claim to fame is that she was once on the front page of reddit.

YEARS: 2014 | 2015

Michael Sollami

Michael is currently a research programmer in the Applied Research Group at Wolfram Research. He finished his masters and doctorate in pure mathematics at the University of Wyoming and is now working on various aspects of Wolfram|Alpha and future versions of Mathematica. His interests include music theory, complexity theory, and approximation algorithms.

YEARS: 2012

Christopher Wolfram

Christopher Wolfram is currently 14 years old. He has been writing Mathematica programs for approximately 5 years. He has given a number of public lectures about Mathematica, and has tutored both young and old about Mathematica. He enjoys many kinds of hardware and software technology.

YEARS: 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015

Konrad Wrobel

Konrad Wrobel was recently awarded a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He will be pursuing his PhD in mathematics at Texas A&M University starting in the fall of 2015. His interests include mathematical logic, Borel equivalence relations, ergodic theory, geometric measure theory, and harmonic analysis. Konrad attended the Mathematica Summer Camp in its inaugural year and enjoyed it immensely. Outside of scholarly pursuits, he is a magic enthusiast and enjoys reading manga, playing go, solving new Rubik's puzzles, and playing video games.

YEARS: 2015

Guest Speakers

Stephen Wolfram2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015
Eric Rowland2012
Vitaliy Kaurov2012 | 2013 | 2014
David Reiss2014

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