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Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Panel Members


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Andy Braaten
Carrington High School

Andy is a graduate of Mayville State University with majors in Math and Chemistry. He has taught in Carrington for 29 years, the first 17 being only science with the last 12 being half math and half science. Classes taught include Physics, Chemistry, Physical Science, Earth Science, College Algebra, Algebra II, Advanced Math, Algebra I and Pre Calculus. The College Algebra and Pre Calculus classes are offered as a dual credit course from Lake Region State College. Andy has worn many coaching hats as well at Carrington including baseball, track, football and basketball along with advising math and science olympiad teams and advising the local National Honor Society chapter. Andy is married to his wife Ruth, and they have 2 daughters, Noelle and Nikki.


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William Martin
North Dakota State University

Professor of Mathematics and Teacher Education and the Head of the NDSU School of Education, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1993. He served as the Department of Mathematics Undergraduate Program Director for seven years. He has conducted numerous workshops and courses for K-12 mathematics teachers, and he is involved in several funded programs to strengthen the mathematics and science education in North Dakota schools and colleges by means of collaborations between NDSU Science and Engineering faculty and K-12 teachers. He was a PI or co PI of multiple externally funded projects including CoMSTeP, GraSUS, NExT teacher excellence, LINE and ND-PRIME.


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Selmer Moen

Selmer spent his growing-up years in Rugby, North Dakota. He g raduated from Concordia College in Moorhead and completed his PhD at the University of Minnesota in 1971, under the direction of Jack Eagon. His original research interests were in commutatuve algebra, with probability being something of a hobby. But his first experience with computing, as an udergraduate in 1964, laid the foundation for most of his work in teaching, research and consulting. His teaching career began at Mount Union College in Ohio, took him briefly to Wichita, Kansas, and then to Minot State, where he spent 33 years, retiring in 2011. He continues attempting to keep reasonably current in developments in applications of algebra to genomics and in computer security, especially rootkits.


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Brian Schmidt
North Dakota State University

Dr. Schmidt earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Chemistry from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in 1998 while serving as a hospital corpsman in the US Navy. He then attended Michigan State University, earning a dual Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Chemistry in 2003, specializing in bioenergetics. After graduating, he spent several years at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, working in cancer diagnostics and bioinformatics. He returned to the US to work as a postdoctoral student at Northwestern University, working on drug development for ALS and in chemical engineering. He joined the faculty at Minot State University in 2008, where he teaches Biochemistry to science students and a one-semester General, Organic and Biological Chemistry course to non-science majors.


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Sharon Walker
Rugby High School

I began my career with one year at a small rural school, Halliday, ND, where I taught 7-12 math. I then taught two years in Bottineau teaching 7th/8th/remedial math classes and now I teach high school math for Rugby. All together, I have fifteen years teaching experience, but have had a few stop-offs to pursue other avenues besides secondary school. I taught an undergraduate class for Minot State while earning my master’s degree and I taught an online statistics class for Wahpeton’s NDSCS. I also took two years off from teaching to perform research and statistics for a Minot advertising firm. But, my love of teaching brought me back to Rugby once again where I now teach classes from the variety algebra I, algebra II, statistics, trigonometry, computer programming and consumer math. I live on a farm south of Willow City with my farmer/rancher husband and our three kids.


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Ryan Zerr
University of North Dakota

Ryan Zerr is a Professor and the Associate Chair in the Mathematics Department at the University of North Dakota. His background is in operator algebras, but he’s had the pleasure to work with a number of undergraduate students on research projects in dynamical systems. He is also very interested in undergraduate education generally, devoting considerable time to teaching a wide variety of undergraduate courses in mathematics, as well as directing UND’s First-Year Seminar Program.