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Program

Undergraduate Program

The School of Computer Science and Mathematics offers the following undergraduate degrees and minors

BS in Actuarial Science and Statistics
 Option 1: Actuarial Science
 Option 2: Statistics

BS in Computer Science
 Option 1: Software Design
 Option 2: Computer Science
 Option 3: Computer Networking and Security
 Option 4: Game Development

BS in Cybersecurity 

BS in Mathematics
BS/MS in Mathematics
BSE in Mathematics 

Minor in Computer Science
Minor in Cybersecurity
Minor in Mathematics
Minor in Mathematics to teach Math in grades 5-9
Minor in Statistics

Use the links on the left column or contact us (660-543-4930) for more information on our programs.

Graduate Degree Programs

The School of Computer Science and Mathematics offers two Master of Science degree programs

Master of Science in Computer Science
Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
Master of Science in Mathematics
 Option 1: Pure Mathematics
 Option 2: Actuarial Science and Statistics

Graduate Assistantships plus tuition waiver are available on competitive basis. Use the links on the left column or contact our Graduate Coordinators for more information on our programs and assistantship opportunities.

Computer Science Faculty


All permanent computer science faculty have a Ph. D. degree in computer science or closely related areas. They conduct both theoretical and applied research in their own areas and publish their research results on major research journals. In addition, they also travel to give technical talks at various national/international conferences. They are committed to deliver today’s technology to students.

Faculty Members

Actuarial Science and Statistics

Dr. Jinhua (Jean) Tao
Professor of Actuarial Science, ASA

  • Actuarial Science and Statistics Program Coordinator
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison

    Interest Areas: Actuarial Science, Statistics
  • Office: WCM 219
    Phone: 660-543-8896
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: tao@ucmo.edu

Classes Regularly Taught
• Applied Statistics
• Probability Models
• Mathematics of Finance
• Life Contingencies
• Actuarial Models
• Actuarial Capstone Experiences

Teaching Experiences
Dr. Tao has been the coordinator of the actuarial science program at UCM since 1992. She has taught a variety of courses in actuarial science and statistics. In addition, she has 13-year experiences teaching the actuarial exam preparation courses and advising actuarial students. Most recently in the summer of 2004, she was a guest lecturer at the graduate school of the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing, China, delivering a summer short course in actuarial science.

Research Experiences
Dr. Tao has published research papers in the areas of Branching Random Walks, Risk Theory, and Statistical Sampling Theory. She has also directed graduate students’ master degree theses in the following areas: Risk Theory, Life Contingencies, Mathematics of Finance, Statistical Sampling Theory, and Pension Theory. Her current research interests are in the actuarial modeling of crop insurance and stochastic simulations.

Professional Experiences
Since achieving her associate certification from the Society of Actuaries in 1992, Dr. Tao regularly attends the KC Actuaries Club meetings and maintains a close relationship with the area actuarial employers. Her practical experiences include working as an actuarial consultant on a life insurance product and as a certification actuary on a number of crop insurance products. She also served as a referee for two professional journals.

Dr. Phoebe McLaughlin
Professor of Statistics and Mathematics

  • Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Interest Areas:  Algebra (Semigroups, Coding Theory) Set Theory and Logic, Statistics
  • Office: WCM 227
    Phone: 660-543-8931
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: pmclaughlin@ucmo.edu

Primary Teaching Areas
• Abstract and Linear Algebra
• Probabilities and Statistics
• Mathematics of Finance

Classes Regularly Taught
• For general education - Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry,  Calculus for Business and Economics
• For undergraduate math majors – Introduction of Mathematical Statistics, Linear Algebra, Algebra Structures
• For senior and graduate math majors – Mathematics of Finance, Real Number System, Modern Algebra I & II,
Matrix Algebra

Primary Research Areas
• Semigroups
• Topological Semigroups

Professional Services
• Associate Editor in Algebra and Number theory for Missouri Journal of Mathematical Sciences
• Referee for Missouri Journal of Mathematical Sciences
• Sponsor of The Actuarial Organization, a UCM student organization

Membership of Professional Organizations
• American Mathematics Society
• Mathematical Association of America
• Association for Women in Mathematics
• TeX Users Group

Dr. Paul Plummer
Assistant Professor of Statistics and Mathematics

  • Interest Areas: Statistics
  • Office: WCM 206C
    Phone: 660-543-4433
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: pplummer@ucmo.edu

Educational Background
Ph.D. University of Missouri - Kansas City 

Professional Organizations
Mathematical Association of America
American Statistical Association

Courses Regularly Taught
• Basic Statistics
• Applied Statistics I
• Senior Projects in Actuarial Science and Statistics
• Multivariate Statistical Analysis

Areas of Research Interest
Statistical Change Point Analysis with applications in aCGH data analysis
Information CriteriaOrganization Sponsored
The Actuary Organization 
MU Sigma Rho - Statistics Honor Society for the Kansas/Western Missouri Section of the ASA

Dr. Lianwen Wang
Professor of Statistics and Mathematics

  • Ph.D., Wayne State University
  • Interest Areas: Differential Equations, Control Theory and Optimization, Nonsmooth Analysis
  • Office: WCM 205B
    Phone: 660-543-8870
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: lwang@ucmo.edu
Personal Homepage

Dr. Daoping Yu
Assistant Professor of Actuarial Science and Mathematics

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
  • Office: WCM
    Phone: 660-543-
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: 

Computer Science and Cybersecurity

Dr.Curtis Cooper
Professor of Computer Science

  • Computer Science program coordinator
  • Ph.D.,lowa state University
  • Office: WCM 205C
    Phone: 660-543-8851
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: cooper@ucmo.edu
Personal Hompage

Dr. Fei Cao
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • Nvidia GPU Teaching Center Director
  • Ph.D., Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
  • Office: WCM 205A
    Phone: 660-543-8839
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: faco@ucmo.edu
personal Homepage

Dr. Cao received her B.S. degree in Software Engineering from Zhejiang University in 2007 and M.S. degree in Computer Science from California State University Fullerton in 2009. She received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2014. Her research is concerned with distributed systems and high performance computing. She was a Research Assistant in the High Performance Networking and Distributed Computing Lab (HPNDCL) during her Ph.D. study, and her research work was supported by research grants from Department of Energy. Dr. Cao has finished 20 peer-reviewed research articles in highly reputed conference proceedings, journals, and books. She has also served as a peer reviewer for many journals and international conferences.

Dr. Hang Chen
Professor of Computer Science

  • Ph.D., Western Michigan University
  • Office: WCM 221
    Phone: 660-543-8907
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: hchen@ucmo.edu
Personal Homepage

Belinda Copus
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • MIC and Assessment Coordinator
  • M.S., University of Central Missouri
  • Office: WCM 206B
    Phone: 660-543-4354
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: copus@ucmo.edu

Belinda Copus is an instructor in the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics. Courses taught include: Object Oriented Programming with Java, Advanced Application Programming in C# and .net, Python, and Database Theory and Applications. She also teaches an ethics course on society and technology. Her areas of interest outside of teaching include Computer Science Education, especially curricula and pedagogy; Applied Data Analytics; and Digital Security. Belinda received her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Computer Science degree at The University of Central Missouri.

Perry Copus
Instructor of Computer Science

  • M.S., University of Central Missouri
  • Office: CSC 151E
    Phone: 660-543-6626
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: 

Dr. Dabin Ding
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • PH.D., Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
  • Office: WCM 211
    Phone: 660-543-8865
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: dding@ucmo.edu

Dr.Ding received his B.S. and M.S degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University, China in 2006 and 2008. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2013. He had been working as a software developer at Microsoft and Epic System. His research interests include database query processing and optimization, especially in XML query processing, Could Computing and Internet or Things.

Dr. Taiabul Haque
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • Ph.D., University of Texas-Arlington
  • Office: CSC 151I
    Phone: 660-543-6630
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: haque@ucmo.edu

Dr. Haque received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He worked as a Research Assistant in the Information Security Lab (iSec), under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Wright. His research interests lie in the areas of Information Security and Human-Computer Interaction. He is specifically interested in exploring the underlying human factors in textual password based authentication system. He has contributed five peer-reviewed publications so far in this field. He has been invited by Cornell University Information Science Department to give a talk at their Distinguished Young Scholars Speaker Series, as well been cited in a federal government publication of National Institute of Standards and Technology. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Before moving to USA, he had worked as a full-time Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at State University of Bangladesh.

Dr. Kaoning Hu
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • Ph.D., Binghamton University
  • Office: CSC 151J
    Phone: 660-543-6631
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: khu@ucmo.edu

Dr. Hu received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Binghamton University in 2015. His research interest includes Image Analysis and Synthesis, Human Computer Interaction and related areas. He has been working in the Graphics and Image Computing (GAIC) Laboratory of Binghamton University. His research projects focus on automatic hand gesture recognition and image feature analysis, and he has published his papers at the International Conference on Pattern Recognition, the International Conference on Computer Vision, and the International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition.

Dr. Hu was a teaching assistant of the Department of Computer Science in Binghamton University for four years, and assisted the department faculty in the following courses: Visual Information Processing, Data Mining, Computer Algorithms, Machine Learning, and Advanced Computer Organization.

Jason James
Instructor of Computer Science

  • M.S., University of Central Missouri
  • Office: WCM 113
    Phone: 660-543-8690
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: jejames@ucmo.edu

Dr. Taeghyun Kang
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • Ph.D., Texas Tech University
  • Office: 
    Phone: 660-543-
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: 

Dr. Jae Woong Lee
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Office: CSC 142B
    Phone: 660-543-6618
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: jwlee@ucmo.edu

Dr. Bo Li
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • Ph.D., Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Office: CSC 151H
    Phone: 660-543-6629
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: li@ucmo.edu
Personal Homepage

Dr. Li received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Xi’an Polytechnic University (China) in 2002, Xi’an Jiaotong University (China) in 2005, and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) in 2012 respectively. He was a teacher in the School of Science at Xi’an Polytechnic University from 2002 to 2007. From 2005 to 2007, he was a senior software testing engineer in ZTE Corporation. He was a Guest Researcher in National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, Maryland) from 2011 to 2012. After that, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Texas State University from 2012 to 2014. His research interests in Computer Graphics and Multimedia include 3D object retrieval, shape matching and 3D modeling. He also has interests in Computer Vision, Image Processing, and Machine Learning.

Dr. Yiheng Liang
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • Ph.D., University of North Texas
  • Office: CSC 151G
    Phone: 660-543-6628
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: liang@ucmo.edu

Dr. Liang received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of North Texas in 2015. His undergraduate major was software engineering with expertise and interests on information and network security. Since he joined his Ph.D. program and met with his current major professor, he shifted his focus from the health of computers to the health of humans. He has explored his study through the research in a relatively new field called computational epidemiology. Researchers in this field utilize computers and methods in computational science to facilitate epidemiological study. His main contributions are on big data problems, graph theory, and health informatics.

Dr. Liang works as a teaching assistant in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering for four years. He has a variety of teaching experiences in both undergraduate and graduate classes, such as computer foundations, operating systems, computational epidemiology, advanced topics in life sciences, and algorithms.

Before working for the department, Dr. Liang was a graduate service student acting as a website designer, a database administrator and a network technician such as solving problems on Linux servers, designing numerous websites, and providing technical support to the faculty and staff.

Dr. Yui Man Lui
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • Ph.D., Colorado State University
  • Office: CSC 133E 
    Phone: 660-543-8258
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: lui@ucmo.edu
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Dr. Lui received his Ph.D. in computer science from Colorado State University in 2010. Dr. Lui was the recipient of the best paper award from CVPR Workshop on Gesture Recognition in 2012, best student paper award from IEEE International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications, and Systems (BTAS) in 2009, best paper award from IEEE International Conference on Automatics Face and Gesture Recognition in 2008 as a co-author, and honorable mention for the best student paper award from BTAS in 2007. Dr. Lui’s research interests span the areas of computer vision and machine learning; in particular, face recognition, human activity understanding, and matrix manifolds. His work has been cited more than 1800 times according to Google Scholar.

Dr. Ziyuan Meng
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • Ph.D., Florida International University
  • Office: CSC 133B 
    Phone: 660-543-6612
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: zmeng@ucmo.edu

Dr. Meng received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Tongji University, China 2002. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Florida International University 2014. He has worked as a VLSI engineer in industry. His current research interests include computer security, information theory and program analysis. In particular, he developed the concept of bit pattern to accurately measure the quantity of information leakage in imperative programs.

Dr. Hyungbae Park
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Office: CSC 151C
    Phone: 660-543-6624
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: park@ucmo.edu

Dr. Hyungbae Park received the B.E. degree in Computer Engineering from Kwangwoon University, Seoul, Korea in 2005, the M.S. degree in Computer Science from South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, USA in 2007 and Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Missouri - Kansas City in 2015.

His current research is focused on high availability and scalability issues in Software-Defined Network (SDN) and his research interests lie in software-defined in-network data de-duplication, location privacy in sensor networks, network traffic/performance analysis and modeling, smartphone-based localization and authentication, and fault tolerance computing systems.

Ikhyun Park
Instructor of Computer Science

  • ABD, Indiana University - Bloomington
  • Office: CSC 133D 
    Phone: 660-543-6614
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: ipark@ucmo.edu

Ikhyun Park received his BS in Computer Science from Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea 1997. He received MS and is PhD ABD from Indiana University. He had worked as a developer in a few companies including LG Electronics and delivered solutions for commercial services such as speech recognition and digital signal processing. His research interest is natural language processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. He is also interested in data mining, computer vision, and neural network.

Dr. Ahmad Rawashdeh
Assistant Profeesor of Computer Science

  • Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
  • Office: CSC 151B
    Phone: 660-543-6623
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: arawashdeh@ucmo.edu
Personal Homepage

Dr. Rawashed received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati in 2015. He has a Master and Bachelor degrees in Computer Science from Jordan University of Science and Technology. His main research interest is in Social Networks, Semantic Analysis, and Machine Learning. His Ph.D. dissertation was about finding semantic similarity between node profiles in Social Networks.

Dr. Mohammad Rawashdeh
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
  • Office: CSC 133C 
    Phone: 660-543-6613
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: rawashdeh@ucmo.edu

Dr. Rawashdeh has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati, MS in Computer Science from Yarmouk University, and BS in Applied Mathematics from Jordan University of Science and Technology. His main research interests are in unsupervised and supervised machine learning with focus on cluster analysis, and the application of fuzzy logic to uncertainty management in intelligent systems.

Majid Saadatmanesh
Instructor of Computer Science

  • M.S., University of Central Missouri
  • Office:  WCM 223
    Phone:  660-543-8921
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: saadatmanesh@ucmo.edu

Dr. Zhiyong Shan
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • Ph.D., Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Office: CSC 151A
    Phone: 660-543-6622
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: shan@ucmo.edu

Dr. Shan was a researcher at University of California before joining UCM. He received Ph.D. degree in 2003 from Chinese Academy of Sciences. He had taught in Renmin University of China as assistant/associate professor from 2003 to 2013. He also had worked as project manager and senior software engineer in both American and Chinese companies. His research involves the areas of information security, operating systems, software engineering and database systems. He received several research and teaching awards from Beijing government, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Education of China. He got nine research funding as primary investigator from Chinese government. He published two books and more than 30 papers. Some of the papers are on top international journals or conferences, including IEEE Trans. on Computers, IEEE Trans. on Forensics and Security, IEEE Trans. on Dependable and Secure Computing, IEEE Symp. on High Performance Computer Architecture, ACM Conf. on Virtual Execution Environment. He has also served as program co-chair, session chair, PC member and reviewer for a set of reputed international conferences and journals.

Dr. Sunae Shin
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Office: CSC 142A
    Phone: 660-543-6617
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: sshin@ucmo.edu

Dr. Sunae Shin received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2005 from Kyung Hee University, South Korea, and Master of Science degree in 2007 from South Dakota State University. She received her Ph.D. from University of Missouri - Kansas City in 2015. 

Her main research interests include mobility management, cellular networks, software-defined networking, and network function virtualization. During her Ph.D. study, she taught Discreate mathematics and Programming language lab for 3 years. She received Outstanding Ph.D. student award from Telecommunication and Computer Networking discipline in 2014 and also received Research Grant from School of Graduate Studies program at UMKC in 2015.

Dr. Anshuman Singh
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • Cybersecurity Program Coordinator
  • Ph.D., University of Louisiana -Lafayette
  • Office: WCM 205D
    Phone: 660-543-8858
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: singh@ucmo.edu
Personal Homepage

Dr. Singh received his PhD from University of Louisiana, Lafayette in 2012. He has previously worked as a research scientist on DARPA funded research projects. His research interest is cybersecurity with focus on malware detection. He uses machine learning, game theory, program analysis, and statistical computing as tools for his research. He is also interested in big data analytics and its applications in digital forensics. He has 12 peer-reviewed research publications and has presented his research in various international conferences on cybersecurity.

Dr. Sumi Singh
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • Ph.D., University of Louisiana -Lafayette
  • Office: WCM 125
    Phone: 660-543-8792
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: ssingh@ucmo.edu

Dr. Singh received her PhD from University of Louisiana, Lafayette in 2015. She has a Masters in Computer Science from Center for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Louisiana, Lafayette and Masters in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University. Her research is in application of information retrieval and data mining in bioinformatics and cybersecurity. She has five years of experience in teaching undergraduate courses. She is an advocate for engagement of women in computing and is a member of ACM-W and CRA-W. She is a trained children yoga instructor and enjoys her time outdoors.

Dr. Songlin Tian
Professor of Computer Science

  • Ph.D., Western Michigan University
  • Office: WCM 215
    Phone: 660-543-8884
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: tian@ucmo.edu

Experience
Professor of Computer Science (1998-present)
Associate Professor of Computer Science (1994-1998)
Assistant Professor of Computer Science (1990-1994)
University of Central Missouri

Teaching Areas of Interests
Computer Graphics, Compiler, Database, Operating Systems, Graph Theory

Research Interests
• Graph Theory 
• Parallel Computing
• Computer Graphics 
• Database Applications 

Awards
• Faculty Achievement Award, College of Arts and Sciences, UCM (1995)
• Distinguished Faculty Award, College of Arts and Sciences, UCM (2005)

Dr. Jun Wang
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • Ph.D., Old Dominion University
  • Office: CSC 133F
    Phone: 660-543-6616
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: jwang@ucmo.edu

Dr. Jun Wang received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Old Dominion University in 2009. Dr. Wang received his B.E. in Electronic Engineering from Harbin Engineering University and M.S. in Computer Science from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Wang was a research assistant professor at Norfolk State University. His research interests include wireless networks, network security, performance evaluation and modeling.

Dr. Mahmoud Yousef
Professor of Computer Science
Computer Science Graduate Coordinator
Cybersecurity Graduate Coordinator

  • Ph.D., Louisiana Tech University
  • Office:  WCM 217
    Phone:  660-543-8892
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: yousef@ucmo.edu

Primary Teaching Areas
• Data Structures & Algorithms
• Numerical Analysis
• Computer Architecture 
• Software Engineering

Classes Regularly Taught
Programming I & II, Computer Organization, Data Structures, Algorithms, Computer Architecture, Software Engineering, Numerical Analysis

Research Interests
Dr. Yousef's research involves computer simulation, statistical analysis, and modeling related to accelerated life testing in a trenchless technology setting. In particular, he is interested in accelerated life testing of pipe liners used for underground pipe rehabilitation. His interest is in simulating the system under varying stress conditions, as can occur in the field, in order to determine the probabilities of survival and risks associated with the installation of a pipe liner of a given type. Also, he is interested in interdisciplinary research related to business and biostatistics.

Dr. Songqing Yue
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • Ph.D., The University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa
  • Office: CSC 133A 
    Phone: 660-543-6611
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: syue@ucmo.edu

Sonqing Yue received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Alabama in 2015. He has several years’ software development experience in industry and his research interests mainly focus on Programming Language, Model Driven Development and High Performance Computing.

Dr. Xiaodong Yue
Professor of Computer Science, Chair

  • Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
  • Office: WCM 222C
    Phone: 660-543-4930
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: yue@ucmo.edu

Dr. Yue received his BS and MS from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1996 and 1999, respectively. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 2004. Dr. Yue joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science as an assistant professor in 2004 and was promoted to professor in 2014. He was a visiting assistant professor with the Department of Computer Science at the Winston Salem State University between 2003 and 2004.

Dr. Yue's research interests include wireless communications and signal processing and he published many peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings on these areas. He also obtained more than half million funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Google and Nvidia.

Dr. Yue is a senior member of IEEE, a technical reviewer for numerous journals and conferences, a panelist for NSF and a member of the Technical Program Committee for several international conferences.

Mathematics

Dr. Rhonda McKee
Professor of Mathematics

  • Mathematics Program Coordinator
  • Ph.D., University of Missouri-Rolla

    Interest Areas: Topology
  • Office: WCM 225
    Phone: 660-543-8929
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: mckee@ucmo.edu

Dr. Ram Adhikari
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Office: WCM 126B
    Phone: 660-543-
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: adhikari@ucmo.edu

Dr. Adhikari received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mathematics Education from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He worked as a mathematics teacher in Nepal for several years. Dr. Adhikari has also received an MS in Mathematics from Western Illinois University in 2011. He worked as a graduate teaching assistant and research assistant at Western Illinois University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Adhikari recent research has focused on developing and analyzing numerical methods for stochastic differential equations. His research interests also include statistics, mathematical finance and mathematics education.

Dr. Nicholas Baeth
Professor of Mathematics

  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Research Interests: 
    Direct-Sum Decompositions of Module
    Factorization in Commutative and Noncommutative Semigroups
  • Office: WCM 213
    Phone: 660-543-8846
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: baeth@ucmo.edu
Personal Homepage

Nicholas Baeth, Ph.D., Mathematics Graduate Program Coordinator, joined the University of Central Missouri faculty in 2005 after receiving his doctorate in mathematics at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. With a background in commutative algebra, Dr. Baeth teaches the graduate-level algebra sequence at UCM. He has advised eight theses, several of which have been published in professional journals. His research interests are in both the study of direct-sum decompositions of modules as well as in the study of nonunique factorization in semigroups. Dr. Baeth has published 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research at dozens of national and international meetings. In 2013, he served as the NAWI-Graz Fulbright visiting professor of natural sciences in Graz, Austria.

Steven Shattuck
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

  • Interest Areas: Pure Mathematics
  • Office: WCM 121
    Phone: 660-543-8763
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: sshattuck@ucmo.edu

Educational Background
PhD  (in progress) Statistics/Civil Engineering   UMKC
M.S.  Mathematics  UCM
B. S.  Actuarial Science  UCM

Courses Taught Regularly
Math 1101 – Intermediate Algebra
Math 1111 – College Algebra
Math 1112 – College Trigonometry
Math 1620 -  Contemporary Math
Math 1150 – Precalculus

Advising Positions
Faculty Advisor  KME (math honor society)
Faculty Advisor  Alpha Phi  (women’s fraternity)

Professional Organizations
MAA (Mathematics Association of America)
ASA  (American Statistical Association)
KME (Mathematics Honor Society)

Dr. Daoping Yu
Assistant Professor of Actuarial Science and Mathematics

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
  • Office: WCM
    Phone: 660-543-
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: 

Mathematics Education

Dr. Ann McCoy
Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

  • Mathematics Education Program Coordinator
  • Ph.D., University of Missouri - Kansas City

    Interest Areas:  Mathematics Education
  • Office: WCM 115
    Phone: 660-543-4386
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: mccoy@ucmo.edu

Professional Experience
Mathematics Teacher Educator, UCM
Middle School Mathematics Teacher, Clinton Middle School
Elementary Mathematics Resource Teacher, Clinton School District
Master Teacher, Missouri Mathematics Leadership Academy
Master Teacher, Leadership in Elementary Missouri Mathematics Academy
Consultant, Missouri Mathematics Academy

Marte M. Carter
Instructor of Mathematics Education

  • M.A., University of Central Missouri
  • Interest Areas:  Mathematics Education
  • Office:  WCM 127
    Phone:  660-543-8800
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: mcarter@ucmo.edu
Personal Homepage

Carol Dunn
Instructor of Mathematics Education

  • M.S., University of Kansas
  • Office: WCM 106A
    Phone: 660-543-8684
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: dunn@ucmo.edu

Dr. David E. Ewing
Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

  • Ph.D., Kansas State University
  • Interest Areas: Mathematics Education
  • Office: WCM 117
    Phone: 660-543-8710
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: ewing@ucmo.edu

Angela Gilbert
Instructor of Mathematics Education

  • M.S., University of Central Missouri
  • Office: WCM 126A
    Phone: 660-543-8086
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: agilbert@ucmo.edu

Dr. William McGalliard
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina - Greensboro
  • Interest Areas: Mathematics Education
  • Office: WCM 123
    Phone: 660-543-8766
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: mcgalliard@ucmo.edu

Dr. William A. McGalliard, III grew up in western North Carolina and graduated from Watauga High School in Boone, NC in 1995. He attended Appalachian State University located in the same city and graduated cum laude in May 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and statistics. He continued his studies in statistics as a full time graduate student at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC where he obtained a Masters of Science in statistics and operations research in December of 2001. While there he worked as a graduate industrial trainee at SAS Institute, where he was a software tester for their data mining software package. 

Upon graduation, Bill returned to Appalachian State University as adjunct faculty for three years in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, teaching statistics, college algebra, and introductory mathematics. He then transferred to the Department of Economics working for an additional two years, teaching a series of business statistics classes. To deepen his teaching background he became a teacher at West Caldwell High School in Lenoir, NC. While there, he taught Algebra I, Advanced Functions and Modeling, and a Special Topics class. During the summers of 2007 through 2009, Bill was an instructor at the Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics program at Appalachian State University. This was a summer program intended for gifted high school students. Here he taught a research class for students considering becoming mathematics teachers.

Bill then returned to graduate school full time at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the fall of 2008 to pursue a doctoral degree in mathematics education. He worked as a graduate research assistant on various projects throughout his studies, including the “New Vision Teaching Experiment,” a five-day teaching experiment conducted in a mathematics and science magnet school in North Carolina that investigated the mathematical reasoning abilities of fifth grade students. Most recently he worked on the “On Track-Learn Math” project. This was a two-year a longitudinal study aimed at developing the mathematical reasoning of students in the third to fifth grades through after school enrichment programs. It also provided professional development opportunities for teachers. From this work, Bill co-authored papers and presented at national and state conferences. In addition, he served as a graduate teaching assistant where he taught mathematics methods for elementary and middle grades and assisted with the instruction of mathematics methods for secondary education. Furthermore, as a teaching assistant, part of his duties entailed the supervision of secondary student teachers as well alternative certification teachers.

Dr. Vida Olivares
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education

  • Ph.D., Mercer University
  • Interest Areas: Mathematics Education
  • Office: WCM 119 
    Phone: 660-543-8721
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: olivares@ucmo.edu

Dr. Vida Olivares received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Mercer University in 2012. She taught at several high schools in Georgia for the past ten years. Vida earned her Masters of Education in Mathematics Education at Georgia State University in 2006. She graduated from Wesleyan College in 2002 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. Her research interests include the attitudes students form about mathematics, the persistence of first-generation college students in STEM fields, and the mathematics self-efficacy beliefs of adults.

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Becky White

  • Office Professional IV
  • Office:  WCM 222
    Phone:  660-543-4930
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: bwhite@ucmo.edu

Taylor Gee
Student Services Coordinator

  • M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Office: WCM 222B
    Phone: 660-543-8193
    Fax: 660-543-8013
    Email: gee@ucmo.edu

Taylor received her BA in International Studies and BS in Social Work from UCM, and her MA in Educational Administration/ Student Affairs from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, respectively. She Lived and studied in Italy, Sweden, Costa Rica, and Ecuador. Taylor's interest areas include International Education, Student Development, Leadership Development, and Social Justice. In addition, she is a member of NAFSA, NASPA, and ACPA.

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