Faculty and Staff
Lindsay Augustyn is assistant director for the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education, which assists with conference logistics. She oversees conferences and workshops, and focuses on graphic design, such as the creation of brochures, magazines and promotional materials for events. Her background is in newspaper design and editing, as well as the hospitality industry. She graduated from UNL with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of Arts in journalism. This is her eleventh year on the committee.
Dr. Huijing Du has been on the NCUWM Organizing Committee since 2016. She got her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, and then she was a postdoctoral scholar at University of California, Irvine. Her research is in the area of computational and mathematical biology, in particular using multiscale modeling tools to investigate complex multicellular biological systems.
Dr. Christine Kelley has been on the NCUWM Organizing Committee since 2008 and is currently Co-Chair. Her research area is coding theory. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2006, she held postdoctoral research positions at the Fields Institute and The Ohio State University. Her research has been supported by an NSF EPSCoR First Award, and an NSA Young Investigator Grant. She has superivsed several undergraduate research projects and three doctoral students. She received the university's Harold and Esther Edgerton Junior Faculty Award in 2010, and a College Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012.
Deb Klimes is the administrative technician for the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education. She manages the travel and travel support for conferences and grants administered by the CSMCE. Deb enjoys meeting all of the participants and seeing them have the opportunity to showcase their research. This is her fifth year on the committee.
Dr. Glenn Ledder has been on the NCUWM Organizing Committee since 2005 and is currently a Co-Chair. His research area is mathematical modeling in the physical and biological sciences, and he is also a national leader in efforts to develop undergraduate mathematics curricula for biology students. He has mentored a total of 35 undergraduate research students, including REU Site student groups in the summers of 2002, 2003, 2006, 2010, and 2014.
Stephanie Vendetti is the events and outreach specialist for the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education. She coordinates conferences, workshops, camps and other projects throughout the year administered by the CSMCE. Stephanie received her BFA from the University of South Carolina and MFA from RIT. Stephanie enjoys organizing and facilitating events that make an impact; this is her eighth year on the committee.
Dr. Alex Zupan is in his fifth year on the NCUWM Organizing Committee. His research is in geometry and topology. In particular, he studies 3- and 4-dimensional manifolds and the theory of knots in these dimensions. Before arriving at UNL, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and held an NSF Postdoc position at the University of Texas at Austin. He has supervised a number of undergraduate research projects at both UNL and UT.
Taran Funk is a fifth-year graduate student at UNL working in commutative algebra, advised by Dr. Thomas Marley. Taran earned his M.S. in mathematics from DePaul University in 2014. In his free time, Taran enjoys hiking, playing video games, and reading fiction. This is his second year serving on the NCUWM organizing committee.
Su Ji Hong is a fifth-year graduate student at UNL studying cluster algebras with emphasis on combinatorics, advised by Drs. Tri Lai and Kyungyong Lee. She received her B.S. in mathematics and physics from California Lutheran University in 2015. Su Ji attended the conference as an undergrad back in 2015 and is very excited to be a part of the conference again. In her spare time, she likes to knit, crochet, and rock climb. This is her first year on the NCUWM organizing committee.
Erica Hopkins is a fourth-year graduate student at UNL studying commutative algebra, advised by Alexandra Seceleanu and Mark Walker. She received her B.S. in mathematics from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2016. While in undergrad, Erica was greatly impacted when she attended NCUWM. She is very excited to now be able to give back to the conference and help it continue to impact female mathematicians. This is her second year on the NCUWM organizing committee.
Marla Williams is a sixth-year graduate student studying topology under Dr. Alex Zupan and Dr. Mark Brittenham. She graduated in 2013 from Willamette University, where she majored in mathematics and minored in American ethnic studies. Aside from math, she enjoys reading, running, and knitting. This is her second year on the NCUWM organizing committee.