Department of Mathematics

# Alumni Profiles

## Zachary Emerzian (2018)

## Kelsey Friesen (2016)

Araceli Ramirez (2016)

Araceli is currently in the credential program at Fresno State. She will by teaching mathematics by August 2016. Here is what she has to say about her teaching experience: "I love working with students. I am very patient with my students. I don't mind modifying my lesson if students do not understand the material. I hope that I can teach my students to be critical thinkers. I want them to enjoy math. As a student I was not very sharp but I am a hard worker. You can too reach your goals!"

## David Burks (2015)

Monica Cuevas (2015)

Monorasmey Arun (2014)

## Katherine Urabe (2014)

Anthony Bringetto (2013)

## Dionne Kunkel (2012)

Dionne Kunkel (Ibarra), born and raised in Fresno, CA, obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degree in mathematics at Fresno State in 2010 and 2012, respectively. She is currently a PhD student and teaching assistant at George Washington University pursuing a degree in mathematics with a focus in knot theory and low-dimensional topology. She worked full-time for the U.S. Department of Justice prior to her accepted at George Washington University.

Michael Fenton (2011)

## Kaitlyn Fiechtner (2011)

Saori Jansen (2011)

Kevin Skeels (2011)

Currently, I am the senior financial analyst for Sound United in Vista, CA, which is a consumer electronics company, particularly audio products, that owns Polk Audio, Definitive Technology, and BOOM by Polk. I've been doing very well here; I was hired as a financial analyst and was promoted to my current position this past September. When I was pursuing a Masters in Mathematics I never thought I would end up in corporate finance!

## Ana-Cristina Runnalls (2011)

Cristina received her B.A. in Mathematics from CSU Fresno in 2011, and went on to receive her M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Iowa in 2013. She is now working towards obtaining her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Iowa. Her current research focuses on the teaching of geometry at the K-12 levels, integrated ELL and math education, and attitudes towards mathematics. She currently works as a research assistant in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Iowa, contributing to several research projects in preparation for her dissertation work.

Lucas Ross (2009)

Paul Savala (2009)

Veronica Andrade (2008)

## David Martin (2006)

Mike Chamberlain (1998)

## Brian Riley (1985)

## Chris Brownell (1985)

## Steve Zapata (1984)

## John McFann (1984)

## Lori M. Hamada (1984)

## Dr. Anthony Barcellos (1974)

*Albuquerque Journal, 1978, on a AAAS Fellowship)*, and joined the legislative staff in Sacramento on a State Senate Fellowship, where he worked for Sen. Albert S. Rodda. After a stint in civil service as part of the office of State Treasurer Jesse M. Unruh, Barcellos was appointed to the math faculty of American River College in Sacramento, where he served multiple terms as department chair. In addition to his Fresno State master's degree, he holds a Ph.D. in math education from UC Davis. His dissertation is

*Mathematical Misconceptions of College-Age Algebra Students.*Barcellos' novel,

*Land of Milk and Money*(Tagus Press, 2012), is a fictionalized memoir of family travails on an Azorean-immigrant dairy farm in Tulare County.

## James Nickel (1973)

James graduated from Fresno State in 1973 with a BA in mathematics. Some of his favorite math professors were Dr. Labarre, Dr. Lindae, and Dr. Wagoner. He is currently retired. After graduation, he immediately worked as a Mathematical Analyst at the Pt. Mugu Naval Airbase, Pt. Mugu, California. That job introduced him to the world of information technology. He worked in IT for a publishing company in Bloomington, Minnesota, and also for a Natural Gas Utility in Shreveport, Louisiana. He held positions from programmer to Senior Technical Analyst. He also spent many years working as a math educator in Hawaii, Australia, and Washington State. James taught high school mathematics for the most part. Upon retirement, he completed a middle school/high school mathematics curriculum entitled “The Dance of Number” in 2018. In 2001, the second edition (first edition: 1990) of a study on the history and philosophy of mathematics was published. James Nickel would like to thank Fresno State for its excellent math program. It gave him the mindset to experience success in multiple fields of endeavor. www.biblicalchristianworldview.net

## Harlie Smith (1973)

## Jesse Wang (1969)

## Donna Hudson (BS 1968, MS 1972)

## Charles Riden (1965; 1969)

Charles graduated with a degree in Mathematics from Fresno State in 1965. After a year as a YMCA Program Secretary in Hanford, CA, he began his teaching career on a provisional credential in the Lemoore Elementary School District as a middle school math teacher. By 1969, he had completed his certification and completed his master's degree in educational theory from Fresno State. In 1973 his family moved to Tempe Arizona, where he did one year of graduate work. His family liked Arizona so well that they did not return to California. In 1976 he began teaching in the Mesa Public School District, first as an elementary math specialist and later as a high school math and computer science teacher. In 1984 Charles was honored as State award winner in mathematics teaching. In that same year he began a 24 year career teaching Computer Literacy at Arizona State University (ASU). In August of 1990, he began his year as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher to Szolnok, Hungary. Charles retired from the Mesa Public School in 1998 and continued to teach at ASU until he retired in 2008. In 2010 he was elected into the Lemoore High School Hall of Fame. In 1995 he started a small software company selling databases to musical organizations which keeps him busy in his retirement years.

## Peter Li

Upon completion of a B.A. degree in Mathematics at the California State University, Fresno, Peter Li enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. Realizing that his interest was in Differential Geometry, Peter subsequently wrote his Ph.D. dissertation in that field under the tutelage of Prof. Shiing Shen Chern. Immediately after graduation, Peter spent a year as a research post-doctoral fellow under the mentorship of Professor Shing Tung Yau at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His first employment as an educator and researcher was at Stanford University as an Assistant Professor where he stayed for three years before moving to Purdue University as an Associate Professor. Two years later, he moved to the University of Utah as a Professor and then again relocated to the University of Arizona after living in Utah for four years. Peter finally moved back to California after a full circuit around the country and was recruited by the University of California, Irvine, where he spent the remainder of his academic career. While at UC Irvine, Peter served as Department Chair for 5 years and was later awarded the Chancellor’s Professorship.

Peter Li had a rewarding and fulfilling career as a research mathematician as well as an educator. Nonetheless, after thirty-four years of research, he decided to retire and devote more attention to his family, especially his special needs daughter. He now has ample time to also pursue his hobbies and side interests in reading, gallivanting around the world, and participating in culinary and oenological adventures as well as automobile events.