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Program Directors

T. Huffman

Tanya Huffman, M.A.

Mrs. Huffman has taught undergraduate   level mathematics since 2005.  She has  developed inquiry-based curriculum materials for introductory statistics and calculus courses and facilitated workshops on developing Process-Oriented Guided-Inquiry Learning (POGIL) activities. She coordinates business calculus courses and mentors new faculty. Her classes utilize active learning and technology enhancement - clickers, mobile devices and team-based learning with game play (Math Jeopardy). She is a member of the organizing committee for the undergraduate mathematics conference. She writes  High School tests for the FGCU annual mathematics competition and FGCU STEM competition. She is a member of the judging panel for the middle school science fair. She is a faculty member of the FGCU Honors Program, Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Initiative and Whitaker Center for STEM Education. She is a senior faculty personnel for the STEM Professional Academy for Reinvigorating the Culture of Teaching (SPARCT) program.

Menaka Navaratna, Ph.D.

Menaka Navaratna is an associate professor of Mathematics at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he currently serves as the department chair of mathematics division. His terminal degree is in the area of applied mathematics where real life applications are modelled using mathematical equations. Besides regular administrative and teaching duties, his interests include, but are not limited to modeling biological systems using differential equations, mathematics education, computer programming and building circuits. During his leisure time, he loves to disassemble and learn the new technologies used in electrical equipment.

Session Leaders

Tanya Kunberger

Tanya Kunberger, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Founding Faculty member in the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University


Dr. Tanya Kunberger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, and the United States University Council on Geotechnical Education and Research. Her research interests include contaminant remediation, colloid mobilization, soil mineral - contaminant interaction, and chemical and physical methods of soil stabilization. Broader research interests include pedagogical approaches in engineering education, the effects of technology on student learning and the implication of early exposure to engineering concepts to on the future pursuit of engineering studies.


Rachel Campbell

Rachel Campbell, M.S.

Chemistry Instructor at Florida Gulf Coast University
Alternative Energy - Chemistry Activity Leader


Ian Campbell

Ian Campbell, M.S.

Chemistry Instructor at Florida Gulf Coast University
Alternative Energy  -Chemistry Activity Leader


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Bibiana Lopez, M.S.

Mathematics Instructor at Florida Gulf Coast University


Bibiana Lopez is an instructor of Mathematics at Florida Gulf Coast University. She completed her Master's degree in Pure Mathematics at the University of California Riverside in 2008. She then relocated to Florida in 2012 and began working as an instructor of mathematics at FGCU since 2013. Her teaching experience includes lower division courses such as College Algebra, PreCalculus, and Calculus. She is part of the faculty-driven group on Process-Oriented Guided-Inquiry Learning (POGIL) at FGCU. Her classes are designed using theories in team-based learning and metacognition and she is always looking for innovative ways to integrate technology into the classroom setting.
Every year she writes one of the math exams offered during the annual math competition hosted by FGCU.


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Matthew D. Rolland, M.S.

Graduate Student at Florida Gulf Coast University. Session Leader


Originally from the Untied Kingdom, Matthew relocated to the United States after earning his BSc Psychchology from Exeter University in 2009. He enrolled at Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011 pursuing his MS Forensic Studies with a concentration in Forensic Behavior Analysis. After completing the program requirements to graduate with his MS in 2013 Matthew instead chose to additionally pursue his MS degree in the Human Identity and Trauma Analysis concentration of the Forensic Studies program at FGCU. Since then he has lectured as an adjunct professor at FGCU for courses including Forensic Behavior Analysis and Human Osteology. His most recent research interests focus upon the development of more accurate and precise equations used to estimate time-since-death in southwest Florida.



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Michael Hegy, B.S.

Graduate Student at Florida Gulf Coast University. Session Leader


Michael Hegy is a graduate student who studies renewable energy engineering and has bachelor's degree in environmental studies. His hobbies and curiosities for everything electrical, mechanical, and computational has given him immense experience in everything from drones and 3D printers to board-level circuit design and product development. 

Teaching Assistants

T. Huffman

Lenz Dalusma

Student at Florida Gulf Coast Universit. Student Assistant.


Lenz Dalusma is an undergraduate student at Florida Gulf Coast University who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Education. He has previously earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Florida State University. At FGCU, he has served as a math tutor, an instructional assistant, and a student assistant for the STEM Academy Summer Camp. He is a recipient of the FGCU Noyce Teacher Scholarship and plans to be a high school math teacher following his graduation.


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Rachel Burton.

Student at Florida Gulf Coast Universit. Student Assistant.


Rachel is a second degree seeking student with a passion for Chemistry.  She found her love for science a little later in life, but could not resist the opportunity to go back to school for her passion.  She’s served as a Teaching Assistant for both Chemistry and Biology and loves bringing her passion to these challenging subjects.  She’s majoring in Biochemistry, with a research focus on skin disorders.  When she’s not in the lab, you can find her hanging out with her 2-year-old cat, Bodhi, running, or cooking something delicious.


Briana Maierle

Student at Florida Gulf Coast Universit. Student Assistant.


Briana Maierle is a junior at FGCU, majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She has worked with FGCU's Department of Mathematics since January 2017 as a tutor and Instructional Assistant. In her free time, she enjoys running and reading.



Brandon Roche

Student at Florida Gulf Coast Universit. Student Assistant.


Brandon Roche is an undergraduate student at Florida Gulf Coast University currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and a Bachelor of Science in Bio-engineering. Previously he was a United States Navy Electrical Engineer, and is currently an FGCU math instructional assistant and tutor, as well as a residential assistant at West Lake Village, and former cheerleader. When he is not conduction research in biological neural systems, you can find him playing sports or building a great community for West Lake Village.

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Jonathan Troiano

Student at Florida Gulf Coast Universit. Student Assistant.


Jonathan Troiano is a junior-level student pursuing a second degree: a BS in mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. He previously worked as an undergraduate researcher at Florida Atlantic University in the fields of terrestrial ecology and in neuroscience. Post-graduation, He is interested in combining the skill of computer programming with the discipline of mathematics, such as in Operations Research or research modeling, for example. In his time off, he enjoys activities like cooking, meditation, power-lifting, and reading, at current.


Junior Counselors

T. Huffman

Eric Deiros

Student at First Baptist Academy. Junior Counselor.


Eric Deiros is a high school student at First Baptist Academy in Naples, Florida. He excels in math and science and will be taking AP Calculus in the fall. In middle school, Math Olympics was his favorite day of the year. He uses his skill with mathematical reasoning to tutor others. Eric enjoys playing cards, solving puzzles, and playing frisbee golf.


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Kasun Navaratna

Student at Fort Myers High. Junior Counselor.


Kasun is a high school student enrolled in Fort Myers High and is partaking in the IB program. Math is a really big part of his life and Mathletes has helped him explore the boundaries of not just math, but all STEM subjects. He has gotten to enjoy this summer program in his sixth and seventh grade years, and he is ready to give it his all to help this program expand and succeed at helping the best and brightest students to learn and grow.

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William Kao

Student at Cape Coral High. Junior Counselor.


William Kao is a high school student at Cape Coral High School and is currently enrolled in the IB Program there. He will be a senior in AP Calculus BC as of this fall. He is also an active member of Cape Coral High's Math Team and has participated in multiple competitions. He enjoys mathematics and is interested in expanding his skills while guiding and teaching the future generation to grow and appreciate mathematics. In his free time, he likes to run and also enjoys chess, fencing, and creating art.





Faculty Participated in Previous Years

Kevin Davies

Rob Nichols, M.A.

Instructor of Mathematics at Florida Gulf Coast University

Mathletes Co-director 2014 and 2015.

Kevin Davies

Kevin Davies, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Florida Gulf Coast University
Spectrometer Activity Leader -2014

Tanya Kunberger

Sue Coticone, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Chemistry at Florida Gulf Coast Universit
Crime Scene Investigation 2016

T. Huffman

Senthil Girimurugan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Florida Gulf Coast Universit
Euclid Session Leader 2016

Joseph Cuiffi

Joseph Cuiffi,, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering
Solar Activity Leader-2015

Fernando Gonzalez

Fernando Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University. Robotocs Activity Leader -2015


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Leigh White, B.S.

Graduate Teaching Assistant at Florida Gulf Coast University
Pythagoras Session Leader 2016


Teaching Assistants 2016

Vincent Marcantinio - undergraduate student, Mathematics and Music
Josiah Keime - undergraduate student, Bioengineering
Farhana Huda - graduate student, Mathematics
Michael Monaldi - undergraduate student, Bioengineering
Matthew Mule - undergraduate student, Mathematics
Jesse Champer - undergraduate student, Biochemistry
Kristy Zalud - undergraduate student, Marine Science