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Welcome to my DeAnza Homepage. I am a DeAnza Mathematics and Statistics Instructor since 1991.
Real-World Relevant Applications Using Mathematics and Statistics
BS Applied Math UCLA; MS Applied Math (Operations Research/Statistics) University of Maryland, College Park Campus 1991
I was born at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose and raised in Cupertino. I attended Sedgwick Elementary School, Hyde Middle School and Cupertino HS. In high school, an instructor named Jim Symons at Cupertino High School gave me a way to learn Math that made the subject very clear and useful. After graduating from High School I attended UCLA. It was only in my junior year that I switched to major in Applied Math and Economics. Between undergraduate and graduate school, two UCLA professors who also worked at the RAND Corporation offered me a job at RAND in Santa Monica Ca. That was my start of amazing opportunities to learn from extra-ordinary people. My work at RAND started in nuclear defense, but since that was not of great interest to me, I branched out into other areas. By teaching myself to program in "C" and "Lisp" and learning about radar and guidance systems, I leveraged the demand for my new skills coupled with knowledge to enter other areas that were more of interest to me. This included research in education, environmental issues (salinity levels in the Chesapeake Bay), and protecting sensitive data at the U.S. Census Bureau and genetics on the Genome Project. I even introduced myself to David Watson while riding up to the lab in the elevator.
After three years I returned to graduate school. Since I could have a flexible part-time schedule at RAND, I entered the Ph.D program at the best university in Applied Math and in that vicinity, the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. During that program I began teaching.
I have been teaching for over 25 years. I continue to research new ways to teach Math and Statistics to reach more students and help build endurable understandings that can be applied to their real lives. I hope someday that our educational system will offer more diverse ways of learning Math and Statistics so more students can understand it's vital role in life.
Classes That I Teach