Ignatios E. Vakalis
Professor & Chair of Computer Science
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
F21 Class of 1995
I was born in the island of Lesvos in Greece. Received B.S. in Physics from the University of Patras in Greece. Then pursued studies in the U.S, and received an M.S. in Computer Science and then an PhD in Theoretical Mathematics (Western Michigan University). I did my doctoral research in the filed of numerical analysis, data structures and parallel computing.
For the last 13 years, I teach undergraduate students at Capital University in Columbus Ohio. During my faculty career at Capital University , I developed and implemented a signature curriculum in Computational Science with multiple funding from NSF and lead the Keck Undergraduate Consortium in Computational Science Education (funded by W. M. Keck Foundation).
I was very fortunate to join the F21 ranks at PKAL. The opportunities and networks are immense. This lead to the creation and development of international conferences. I have chaired three International Conferences on the Teaching of Mathematics (ITCTM-1998, 2002, 2006). I will also be chairing the next ICTM in June 2010. These international meetings bring an eclectic array of mathematicians and research mathematicians who are passionate in reforming the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics.
Starting this Fall 2006, I will be chair of the Computer Science Department at California Polytechnic and State University ( CalPoly) in San Luis Obispo. I will be using my experiences in enhancing the strengths of the department and also empowering the colleagues to collectively create programs on national visibility.Mathematics Association of America Math-Bio Task Force