Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences
What do you teach?
I teach calculus and electives including courses in probability, interest theory and life contingency modeling that are of particular interest to students preparing for actuarial exams.
Why do you like teaching at Bentley?
First and foremost, the culture at Bentley is conducive to students getting to know their professors. I’m happiest when I have a steady stream of students visiting my office with math or advising questions. Second, I work with an extraordinary set of colleagues who share my goal of improving what we deliver in the classroom. Third, we are offered a great deal of freedom to create and offer new courses and, if demand warrants, new programs such as the Actuarial Science degree.
What is your teaching style?
I strive to help students develop tools that will be useful in many courses as well as in their careers, such as learning how to learn and how to present a convincing argument (either in math or verbally). I also encourage them to work to their fullest potential, hopefully challenging them along the way.
What advice would you offer a new Bentley student?
Challenge yourself, both academically and personally, and take advantage of opportunities that might not be available once you graduate. For example, go abroad for a semester, take a course that sounds interesting but challenging or might not fit directly into your degree program, complete an internship, or take a leadership position in a club or other organization.