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2022 Math Awareness Week Presenters

Robert Anstett

BOB from the Future is the Coordinator for Digital Initiatives at the Broward County Library. BOB works to obtain cutting edge technology for the public and staff so they can see what possibilities there are!

M. Emre Celebi 

M. Emre Celebi received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2006. He is currently a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Celebi has actively pursued research in image processing/analysis and data mining with an emphasis on medical image analysis, color image processing, and partitional clustering. He is a senior member of the IEEE (since 2011) and a fellow of the SPIE (since 2021).

Callie J. Daniels

Callie Daniels is a Professor of Mathematics at St. Charles Community College. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics from the Missouri University of Science & Technology, a Master's Degree in Adult Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of the Ozarks. Her teaching interests include motivating students to achieve their potential, finding new ways to use technology to help students learn, and providing support materials for faculty.  She is a Pearson author and writes for the Lial College Series which includes College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Precalculus.  Callie’s other interests include riding horses, riding motorcycles, and shooting action photography. 

Louis Guccione

Education: MS and Ph.D. in Mathematics. Thesis topic is in the area of spectral theory of differential operator.
Earned graduate certificate in wireless and digital communications. Worked in various technology areas (radar, sonar, telecommunications, etc.) in industry over a period of thirty years. Co-inventor of numerous patents in cellular security. Have been teaching statistics (STA2023) at PBSC since 2014.

Madiha Jamal

I am Madiha Jamal, aka Maddy J. I am the of The Content Unlimited, an inclusive boutique copywriting agency. I create branding and marketing copies from scratch and helps businesses to thrive on content marketing with a 100% success rate. On the first instinct, my educational background that’s a Master’s degree in applied mathematics seems different from my career but I know that it’s connected because I see the world from a mathematician's eye where everything falls under the universal language - mathematics. I simplify complex concepts and explain them in an easy-to-understand, pleasant way - that’s what all mathematicians do. I influence people with my capacity to concoct connections with words that demonstrate affections, simplicity, epiphany, and some pizazz. I am passionate about exploring the tech world with mathematics - one awesome technology adventure at a time. I am a crazy fan of AI and Robotics.

David Jenks

David Jenks is the Career Center Manager at Palm Beach State College. He has been with PBSC 4 years and has previously worked in Career Services at FAU, UCF and Stetson University.

Andras Juhasz

Andras Juhasz obtained his PhD from Princeton University. After a postdoctoral position at the University of Cambridge, he held a faculty position at Imperial College London, and is currently Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. His research interests include differential and low-dimensional topology, and applications of machine learning to knot theory.

Youssef Kaddoura

Youssef O. Kaddoura is the Academic Program Specialist II in the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center at the University of Florida (UF), and an ABD Geomatics Ph.D. candidate (exp. graduation 5/2022) in the UF School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences. His research investigates establishing a reproducible methodology to georeference oblique tower-mounted (PhenoCam) images, through applying a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses the fields of photogrammetry, ecology, lidar, conventional surveying techniques and theories. As a member of ASPRS, he served as a Board Member for the period of March 2020 till March 2021. He holds a MS in Computer Information Science and Engineering (CISE) from the University of Florida, which included deploying innovative use of technology towards enabling aging seniors to live independently for a longer period of time. This work resulted in a US Patent titled “Remote surveillance and assisted care using a mobile communication device”, which served as a catalyst to further pursue remote sensing and photogrammetry. Previously, Youssef worked at Geospatial Consultancy Company, an ESRI partner in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Craig Kruempel

Craig has a BS in Biology, and a MS in Coastal Zone Management with an emphasis on marine biology. With more than 35 years of experience, he provides clients with coastal zone resource planning, permitting, and monitoring support. A major part of his responsibilities include working on comprehensive characterization, monitoring, and mitigation program development with an emphasis on natural hardbottom, artificial reefs, and living shorelines. 
During his career, Craig has worked on projects that require a comprehensive understanding of State and Federal coastal resource permitting and National Environmental Policy Act compliance. He has served as principal scientist on numerous field investigations throughout the Gulf of Mexico and East Coast of the United States. Craig’s recent project experience includes implementation of a comprehensive water quality monitoring program at Port Everglades and support of a marine resource monitoring program in the United Arab Emirates.

Elayn Martin-Gay

Author of numerous Developmental Math textbooks by Pearson, Inc.  University of New Orleans retired faculty member. Recipient of Numerous Teaching Awards. Advocate of Increased Student Success via Positive Mindset, Equity and Equality.

Mark McKay

Professor of Ophthalmic Medical Technology, National Speaker for Continuing Education for Dispensing Opticians, Board Certified Optician, Professional Blackjack Player.

Anthony Piccolino

Dr. Tony Piccolino is a professor of mathematics at Palm Beach State College since 2009. He also serves as Coordinator of Continuing Contract Coaches. Prior to his tenure at Palm Beach State, he taught undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses in mathematics and mathematics education for 17 years at Montclair State University in New Jersey and served on several dissertation committees. In addition to his years in higher education, he also served for 25 years as a mathematics teacher and supervisor in public schools in New York State. Tony’s educational background includes an B.S. in mathematics from Iona College, Master’s Degrees from Yeshiva University and Fordham University, and a doctorate in mathematics education from Columbia University (Teachers College).

Joseph Pick

When I was young, I viewed math as a collection of cute tricks. Often, I did not pay attention to why I was able to implement these cute tricks. I just enjoyed playing with cute math tricks. While attending university I learned about the deep theoretical concepts that explained why I was allowed to implement the math tricks of my youth. The proofs of these theoretical concepts contained many wonderful, deep, and ingenious tricks that I added to my “bag of cute math tricks”. After university I worked in industry as a programmer and wrote software for radar systems and hardware simulations. My math background came in handy because the real-world applications that I wrote programs for required a deep understanding of math (calculus, linear algebra, statistics, and Boolean logic). For the last 9 years I have used my experiences with cute math tricks, theoretical math, and industrial applications to make math more meaningful and enjoyable for Palm Beach State College students both in the classroom and during my Math Awareness Week presentations.

Jesse Rogers

Jesse Rogers has been a Math Learning Specialist for PBSC since 2006. He's been a regular presenter at Math Awareness Week throughout that time, presenting on how math relates to everything from politics to game theory. He's currently studying the intersection of AI, economics, programming, and blockchain technology, with plans to create a play-to-earn game (Google "Axie Infinity") in the next five years. Jesse frequently writes for the Geek Culture publication on Medium. You can subscribe to be emailed his articles at

Merey Sarsengeldin

Research scholar in Mathematical Physics and Machine Learning at University of Central Florida, PhD in Mathematics with background in Electrical Engineering.

Leanne T. Schmitt

Leanna Schmitt is responsible for providing investment solutions to current and prospective intermediary relationships. Ms. Schmitt spent her first seven years at Intech in Portfolio Management where she was responsible for the day-to-day portfolio management and trading process for client portfolios. Prior to joining Intech, Ms. Schmitt worked at Salomon Smith Barney (now Citi Prime Finance) Global Prime Brokerage Technology Group located in downtown Manhattan, working on application development for internet/intranet systems and was also head of their Disaster Recovery Team. Ms. Schmitt worked in New York City as a web developer for and as a teacher’s assistant in the Computer Science Department at Fordham University while earning her undergraduate degree. Ms. Schmitt holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.

Terri Speights

Dr. Speights has over 20 years of teaching experience. Professor Speights has always been committed to developing and implementing learning strategies which promote “student success and retention.” In her spare time, Professor Speights loves to spend time at the beach, traveling or hanging out with family and friends.

Dr. Eva Suarez

Dr. Suarez has served as the Engineering Technology Department Chair at Palm Beach State College since Summer 2018.  Dr. Suarez was previously a Senior Engineer at Florida Turbine Technologies.


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