Math Curriculum Refinement Team

Brittanney Amento-Adelmann

Brittanney Amento-Adelmann, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Math Learning Center, and Adjunct
Department of Mathematical Sciences, FAU

Ph.D. in Mathematics August, 2016 from FAU; specialty in quantum cryptography;teaches undergraduate mathematics classes at FAU since 2009. Responsible for the design and implementation of the Learning Assistant Program at FAU which incorporates active learning and the use of undergraduate learning assistants (peers) in the classroom for Calculus 1 with Analytic Geometry, and; pedagogy and CRLA (College Reading and Learning Association) training of undergraduate/graduate math tutors and learning assistants.Part of a team of instructors responsible for developing and instructing an effective teaching workshop for graduate teaching assistants in the math department.Guest speaker on effective teaching strategies at new graduate student orientation.


Jeffrey Brooks, M.S.
Assistant Professor
Mathematics Department, BC North Campus

Professor Brooks has a B.A. in Physics and a M.S. in Mathematics from FAU. Brooks taught as an adjunct instructor at FAU and PBSC until he became a full time High School teacher at a private school in Palm Beach County. After coaching high school tennis for a few years, Brooks became an adjunct instructor at Broward College. Then, after 17 years of teach at the high school level, Brooks became an Assistant Professor at Broward College, North Campus.

Scott Demsky

Scott Demsky, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Math Learning Center, and Adjunct
Mathematics Department, BC Central Campus

Scott Demsky received his Doctor of Arts in Mathematics at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He left academia for 25 years to pursue a career in software development with IBM. After retiring from IBM, he returned to teaching mathematics at the undergraduate level with great enthusiasm and with a renewed appreciation for the beauty of mathematics. As a member of the Critical Thinking Learning Society at Broward College, he tries to increase student success by helping his students become better critical thinkers.

Jacques-Olcy Francois

Jacques-Olcy Francois, M.A.
Assistant Professor
Mathematics Department, BC North Campus

Jacques-Olcy Francois is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Broward College in Coconut Creek, FL, and a part-time lecturer at the University of Miami. He holds a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from Barry University and a M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Miami. He taught at Barry University for eight years and in August 2011, he left his full-time lecturer position at the University of Miami to join Broward College-North campus. Also, during the summer he travels to Bolivia to teach at the International University of Santa Cruz. Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee (University of Miami) 2005-06; Finalist for the Professor of the Year Award (Broward College) 2012-13, 2013-14, 2015-16; Endowed Teaching Chair Award Nominee (Broward College) 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17.

Robert Fusco

Robert Fusco, M.S.T.
Mathematics Department, BC Central Campus

Professor Fusco received a B.A. in Mathematics from FAU in 1996 and an M.S.T. in Mathematics from FAU in 1998. He has been an instructor at Broward College since 1996 where he has been the coach of the College’s Brain Bowl team and the faculty advisor for the CFI on Campus student group. Professor Fusco was selected as Professor of the Year in 2007-8 and the recipient of the Gaddis Corporation Endowed Teaching Chair in 2012. He is also an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University.

Lisa Greenberg

Lisa Greenberg, M.S.
Department of Mathematical Sciences, FAU

Lisa Greenberg is the coordinator and instructor for the Intermediate Algebra program. Her teaching assignments have ranged from Intermediate Algebra through Calculus. To support the growing numbers of underprepared students and to support those in need of mathematics for their bachelor’s degree program, Ms. Greenberg initiated two projects. The first, Math Boot Camp, provided intensive guided instruction for those students unlikely to pass even the most remedial of math courses. As an offshoot of that successful project, she created the Math Emporium Project which was implemented into the Intermediate Algebra program. The Emporium uses two different instructional approaches operating concurrently, resulting in students completing their degree seeking programs in a timely manner. Ms. Greenberg was a part of the ETW, or Effective Teaching Workshop, for graduate students which was designed to prepare them with instructional techniques necessary for their teaching assignments.

Anurag Katyal

Anurag Katyal, M.S.
Department of Mathematical Sciences, PBSC

Anurag Katyal received a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from FAU in 2009 and 2011, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Palm Beach State College at the Boca Raton campus where he runs semester long problem solving competitions to foster critical thinking skills amongst students. His interests include Photography and implementations of Inquiry Based Learning in lower division Mathematics courses.

Lee Klingler

Lee Klingler, Ph.D.
Department of Mathematical Sciences, FAU

Lee Klingler received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984. He is currently a professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at FAU, and the director of lower-division courses for the department. He was Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at FAU from 2009 to 2015. He was the developer and first director of the Master of Science in Teaching Mathematics degree program at FAU, and served as a liaison with the Department of Teacher Education. He is a member of the Engineering-Mathematics Liaison Committee, and department representative on University Core Curriculum Committee at FAU. Klingler has also served on the State University System of Florida Discipline Committee and General Education Committee.

Rainer Steinwandt

Rainer Steinwandt, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor
Department of Mathematical Sciences, FAU

Before joining FAU in 2005, he was with the Univ. of Karlsruhe in Germany, where he completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science in 1998 and 2000, respectively, researching topics in computer algebra. Today, his research focus is in cryptology, including quantum cryptanalysis and quantum-safe cryptography. He currently serves as director of FAU's Center for Cryptology and Information Security and is a managing editor of de Gruyter's J. of Mathematical Cryptology. Dr. Steinwandt's research has been funded through the Air Force Research Laboratory, the German Federal Office for Information Security, the National Science Foundation, and the NATO Science for Peace and Security program.

Carrie Stevens

Carrie Stevens, M.S.
Associate Professor, Mathematics
PBSC Boca Raton Campus

Originally from Jupiter, Florida, Carrie Stevens, studied mathematics and statistics at FAU, and has been tutoring and teaching math since 2005. Stevens also has a background in high school and early childhood education, and has been teaching ballroom dancing since 2001. These diverse experiences have allowed Stevens to observe many learning styles of students ranging in ages from infants to senior citizens, within multiple disciplines and contexts. These, combine perfectly with her passion for mathematics education and statistics, inspiring Stevens to be ever-seeking new ways to engage students.


Ozlem Ugurlu, Ph.D.
Mathematics Department, PBSC

I was born and raised in Turkey where I earned my BS and MSc degrees in Mathematics. This led me to believe anything can be achieved. In order to expand my creativity and ambitions, I decided to pursue my PhD degree in Mathematics at Tulane University and after I graduated I joined the Math Department at the Palm Beach State College.

Jeremy Underwood

Jeremy Underwood, M.S.
Assistant Professor
Mathematics Department, BC Central Campus

Mr. Underwood has a B.S. in Mathematics from Georgia Southwestern State University and a M.S. degree from the University of Florida. Underwood taught at Clayton State University near Atlanta for over ten years and in 2009 moved to a teaching and administrative position with the Art Institute of Atlanta in Decatur. In January of 2017, Underwood joined the math department at the Broward College Central Campus.

Kyla Williams

Kyla Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Mathematics Department, BC North Campus

Dr. Kyla L. Williams is an Associate Mathematics professor of Mathematics, the Honors College Coordinator at Broward College North Campus in Coconut Creek, FL, and an adjunct professor at FAU in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics Education and Pure Mathematics, a M.S. in Mathematics Education, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Williams also holds a Florida Teaching Certificate in 6-12 mathematics and has 13 years of experience teaching high school and college level mathematics. Her educational specializations include, but are not limited to: Multicultural Education in Mathematics, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, and the Implementation of Critical Thinking in Mathematics. She is a member of the Florida Chapter of the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Rose Wilson

Rose Wilson, M.S.
Associate Professor and Department Chair – Intermediate Algebra
Mathematics Department, PBSC Lake Worth Campus

Professor Wilson started working at Palm Beach State College in 1996 as a math tutor and a learning specialist, and started teaching in 1998. Wilson has been the Department Chair at PBSC at the Lake Worth Campus for Intermediate Algebra and for Quantitative Reasoning for many years, and was recently nominated to be the Department Chair for all the Credit Math Courses. Wilson also taught at Santaluces High School for 6 years, and has covered Liberal Arts Math, College Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Precalculus, Survey of Calculus, Statistics, and Developmental Math.

Katarzyna Winkowska-Nowak

Katarzyna Winkowska-Nowak, Ph.D.
Department of Mathematical Sciences, FAU

Katarzyna Winkowska-Nowak is a Polish mathematician who shares her life between Poland and Florida. Katarzyna has a rigorous mathematical education both from Warsaw University in Poland and from Florida Atlantic University. Beside her scientific interest she is engaged in improving mathematics education on different levels, from middle grades to college. She both works on developing materials for teaching mathematics and work with teachers to implement innovative way of teaching in their practice. She is an author of several books on mathematics in education both at the school level as well for college students of non-mathematic majors.

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  • Alex Opritsa, Professor I, Mathematics, PBSC Lake Worth Campus