About Us

  • Bruce E Shapiro, Dept. of Mathematics (bruce.e.shapiro@csun.edu). Bruce Shapiro completed his undergraduate studies in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science at the University of Maryland;  received masters degrees in Applied Physics from Cornell and in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins; and a PhD in Biomathematics from UCLA.  He has done data science and mathematical modeling for the space program at Goddard Space Flight Center, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory; for Caltech as director of the Beckman Institute Biological Network Modeling Center; and has taught mathematics at California State University Northridge since 1999. He has published more than 90 papers in professional journals and at conferences as well as the blockbuster textbooks Scientific Computation: Python Hacking for Math Junkies and Doing Calculus All Night Long.
  • Carol Shubin, Dept. of Mathematics (carol.shubin@csun.edu)  Shubin has concentrated on understanding and simplifying the CSU math pipeline.  She believed that better alignment between high school courses, developmental math courses, and 100-level courses was necessary and achievable. She spearheaded changes to Math Placement Test and ELM study sites and studied the correlation of these tests with other standardized tests and course work. Since 2011,  she ran a successful online tutoring center supporting calculus students with non-traditional schedules who needed help in the evenings. This model was copied by some other 100-courses  in the department. She worked on redesign of calculus and Math for liberal studies students as well as Science 100 and a 100-level data science course. Since her time as director of CSUN’s NASA/JPL program, which exposed URM STEM students to a variety of data analysis courses, she has been a strong advocate for more data science courses over traditional college algebra type courses.  Shubin and Shapiro’s data mining group studied the achievement gap, grade inflation, grades by college, terms to graduation, changing majors, bottlenecks, grade variation by instructor, and pathways through math; all studies emphasized better visualization the data. She has also served on the University Planning and Budget Group and studied ways to optimize university resources including reducing remediation.  She received a doctorate in Mathematics from UCLA in differential equations and mathematical physics in 1989. She received multiple grants for her research. She had a Fulbright scholar award to teach in Kigali, Rwanda. This adventure lead to many other visits to Africa.

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