Faculty and Staff


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Lindsay Augustyn is assistant director for the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education, which assists with conference logistics. She oversees conferences and workshops, and focuses on graphic design, such as the creation of brochures, magazines and promotional materials for events. Her background is in newspaper design and editing, as well as the hospitality industry. She graduated from UNL with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of Arts in journalism. This is her 12th year on the committee.

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Dr. Amy Been Bennett is excited to return to the NCUWM Organizing Committee as a postdoctoral faculty member. As an undergraduate mathematics major at UNL, she served as the committee’s undergraduate representative and attended the conference as a presenter. Her current research focuses on university instructors’ pedagogy in mathematics courses taught with an active learning approach, as well as mathematical modeling curricula at the K-12 level. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Arizona. This is her second year on the committee as faculty.

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Dr. Huijing Du has been on the NCUWM Organizing Committee since 2016. She got her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, and then she was a postdoctoral scholar at University of California, Irvine. Her research is in the area of computational and mathematical biology, in particular using multiscale modeling tools to investigate complex multicellular biological systems.

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Dr. Christine Kelley has been on the NCUWM Organizing Committee since 2008 and is currently Co-Chair. Her research area is coding theory. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2006, she held postdoctoral research positions at the Fields Institute and The Ohio State University. Her research has been supported by an NSF EPSCoR First Award, and an NSA Young Investigator Grant. She has superivsed several undergraduate research projects and five doctoral students. She received the university's Harold and Esther Edgerton Junior Faculty Award in 2010, and a College Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012.

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Deb Klimes is the administrative technician for the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education. She manages the travel and travel support for conferences and grants administered by the CSMCE. Deb enjoys meeting all of the participants and seeing them have the opportunity to showcase their research. This is her seventh year on the committee.

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Stephanie Vendetti is the events and outreach specialist for the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education. She coordinates conferences, workshops, camps and other projects throughout the year administered by the CSMCE. Stephanie received her BFA from the University of South Carolina and MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. Stephanie enjoys organizing and facilitating events that make an impact; this is her 10th year on the committee.

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Dr. Alex Zupan is in his seventh year on the NCUWM Organizing Committee. His research is in geometry and topology. In particular, he studies 3- and 4-dimensional manifolds and the theory of knots in these dimensions. Before arriving at UNL, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and held an NSF Postdoc position at the University of Texas at Austin. He has supervised a number of undergraduate research projects at both UNL and UT.

Graduate Students


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Molly Creager is a third-year graduate student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow studying mathematical ecology under Richard Rebarber and Brigitte Tenhumberg. She earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics with a minor in STEM education at the University of San Francisco before coming to UNL. Outside of math, Molly enjoys spending time with her cat and doing things outside. This is her first year on the NCUWM Organizing Committee.

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Nikola Kuzmanovski is a fourth-year graduate student at UNL studying extremal combinatorics under Dr. Jamie A. Radcliffe. Nik grew up in the Republic of Macedonia before coming to the USA for college. He earned a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, majoring in mathematics and computer science. Nik enjoys going on walks with his dog, playing video games and reading about history. This is his second year on the NCUWM organizing committee.

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Emily McMillon is a sixth-year graduate student at UNL studying coding theory under Dr. Christine Kelley. She earned her B.S. in mathematics and B.S. in chemical engineering from Lamar University in 2016. Other than math, Emily enjoys running and playing video games. This is her second year on the NCUWM organizing committee.

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Shahriyar Roshan-Zamir is a third-year graduate student at UNL studying commutative algebra under the supervision of Dr. Alexandra Seceleanu. He received his B.S in pure mathematics from Georgia Gwinnett College and has a M.S. in mathematics from University of Minnesota-Duluth. This is Shah’s first year on the NCUWM organizing committee and he is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the conference. Besides mathematics he enjoys weightlifting, cooking, and reading fiction.