Dr. Philip B. Yasskin, associate professor of mathematics at Texas A&M University, has been selected by Raytheon to receive a 2014 MathMovesU:Math Hero Award in recognition of his creativity and dedication in the classroom.

Yasskin is among 27 middle- and high-school mathematics professionals from across the country and one of six in Texas recognized this year with the prestigious honor, bestowed annually as part of The Raytheon Company's commitment to education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The award includes a $2,500 grant -- with a matching amount awarded to Texas A&M -- to fund innovative and creative ideas to enhance program offerings in the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics.

Yasskin plans to use his award to further his ongoing efforts in leading university-sponsored K-12 mathematics enrichment programs, from the Texas A&M Math Circle offered during the traditional school year, to his two-week Summer Educational Enrichment (SEE) in Math Program for gifted middle-school students.

"Most federal and state funding for K-12 students is aimed at bringing all students up to a minimal level of competency," Yasskin said in his application. "Unfortunately, that leaves the best students without the stimulation they need to develop their math skills to be able to compete in the world economy."

A member of the Texas A&M faculty since 1982, Yasskin has long been a strong proponent of high-quality instruction and other facets of educational innovation related to his research interests in mathematical physics, STEM education-related technology and K-12 educational outreach and enhancement. For more than a decade, he has served as director of the SEE-Math Program, and he is founder of the Brazos Valley Math Teachers' Circle (predecessor to the Texas A&M Math Circle). A respected educator, Yasskin has been recognized with a 2011 Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement in Teaching College-Level Award. In addition, he has received National Science Foundation funding to send graduate students to local middle and high schools to advise both mathematics and science teachers and their students He also works with the schools to encourage use of the Maple computer algebra system within their curricula.

"I very much appreciate receiving this award," Yasskin said. "I really enjoy working with gifted kids and stimulating their advancement in mathematics, science and engineering. I know some of the people who have received this award in the past and am impressed with their accomplishments.

"I want to thank Raytheon Company for supporting this award as well as their support for the MathCounts Competitions. I also want to thank the many people who help with outreach activities, without whom I could not have earned this award."

To see the complete list of 2014 Math Heroes winners, go to http://www.raytheon.com/responsibility/math-heroes/.

To learn more about Yasskin and his teaching, educational outreach and service accomplishments, visit http://www.math.tamu.edu/~philip.yasskin/.

For additional information on the MathMovesU program or Raytheon in general, go to http://www.raytheon.com/.

For more on general outreach activities in the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics, visit http://www.math.tamu.edu/outreach/programs/.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Philip B. Yasskin, (979) 845-3734 or yasskin@math.tamu.edu

Hutchins Shana

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    Texas A&M mathematics professor Philip Yasskin (right), honored last week by Raytheon as one of 27 Math Heroes for 2014, has served since 2002 as director of the Summer Educational Enrichment (SEE) in Math Program, which helps gifted middle school students unlock their future potential in mathematics and science.

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