Mathematical Sciences Dept
Owen joined the Eastern Mennonite faculty in 1999 after teaching at Northwestern College (Iowa) for three years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with secondary certification at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Delaware in Newark. His graduate training is in combinatorics, and he has recently starting writing a Discrete Math textbook with Deirdre Smeltzer and Felix Lazebnik. He coauthored the geometry textbook Methods for Euclidean Geometry, published in 2010 by MAA. His hobbies include playing basketball, bridge, and watching NFL football. Owen and his wife Barbara married in January 1990, with son Cameron born in 1998 and daughter Lily in 2001. The family attends Weavers Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Va.
Leah Shao Boyer, associate professor of physics. Leah earned a bachelor of electrical engineering from Dalian Marine College (China), a M.S. and a Ph.D. in physics from Bowling Green State University. Her doctoral dissertation topic was “Preparation and Characterization of II-VI compound Semiconductor Thin-Films by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD).” Leah came with teaching experience in general physics and material science as well as professional experience as an engineer in the United States and in China.
Charles Cooley began teaching at EMU in 1999. He received his bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College where he majored in mathematics, computer science and statistics. After two years studying Software Engineering (specifically object-oriented programming language code reusablity metrics) in the CS graduate program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Charles took a supposedly part-time, one-year teaching position at Concord College in Athens, West Virginia. After a few years of full-time teaching, Charles moved to Harrisonburg and completed a master’s degree in computer science at James Madison University. Before returning to teaching, Charles worked as a Network Analyst and System Engineer. In 2007 with the merger of the CIS and CS programs, Charles began working in the EMU Institutional Research and Effectiveness Office half-time, but resumed full-time teaching to implement the new CS curriculum in 2008.
Tim did his undergraduate work at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he graduated with a BS in Mathematics in 2007. Currently in his 6th and final year of graduate study at the University of Virginia, Tim enjoys hiking, camping, playing board games, travelling, reading, and bad math jokes.
Tim lives in Charlottesville, VA with his beautiful wife Ruth and their cat.
Deirdre Longacher Smeltzer, Professor of Mathematics and Director of Cross-cultural Programs, has been teaching at EMU since 1998. Prior to 1998, she spent four years as an assistant professor in the Mathematics Department at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Deirdre is an alumna of EMU, where she majored in mathematics, with a Bible minor. She earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Virginia; Deirdre’s graduate research was in the area of algebraic coding theory. Recent scholarly interests have included exploring other branches of combinatorics and the co-authoring of an MAA-published book, Methods for Euclidean Geometry. A 2006 sabbatical was spent teaching and writing in China; Deirdre plans to return to China in the fall of 2013, leading a group of students on a cross-cultural trip. Deirdre is married to Sherwyn Smeltzer, has two daughters, and enjoys reading, cooking, exercise, and travel.
John did his undergraduate work at Wheaton College in Illinois where he received a B.S in mathematics. He then earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. After a semester teaching at Valparaiso and a year working in Chicago, John came to EMU in fall 2012. His mathematical interests are in computability theory and abstract algebra. He enjoys sports, especially basketball and fastpitch softball.
Dee Ann Burgess Weikle graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1985. She subsequently worked as an engineer at Tracor Aerospace and then Motorola Semiconductor in Austin, Texas. After leaving Motorola for a year in Sweden, she moved to Charlottesville, Virginia in 1993 where she completed her PhD in computer science at the University of Virginia, specializing in computer architecture with an emphasis on memory system analysis and design. During this time her three children were born. From 2001-2002, she spent another year in Sweden with her family. On returning to the Charlottesville area, she continued to work for the University of Virginia as an adjunct professor, research scientist and consultant to the Curry School of Education.
Dee is an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville Virginia where she is involved in the Green Team, Christian Education, and Fellowship committees. She is happy to be a part of the EMU community where she is fulfilling her life-long dream of teaching. She is currently teaching Data Structures, Introduction to Computer Science, Computer Architecture and Operating Systems, and Foundations of Math. In addition, she is conducting research on applying computer games to learning, effects and issues surrounding the use of social media, and the use of expectation and value in teaching science classes. Details are available on the STEM pages. Her hobbies include hiking with her husband, Bikram Yoga, crocheting, reading and cooking with her children.