Periodically throughout the year, this column features a member of the MERLOT Mathematics community who is active in the community as an editor, ad hoc peer reviewer, or author or contributor of learning materials and/or assignments.
The current featured member is:
Brian Barron , MERLOT Mathematics Associate Editor
Brian Barron teaches mathematics at Louisiana Tech University (http://www.latech.edu) which is located in Ruston, Louisiana.
Brian joined the MERLOT project in 2006. He enjoys working with the MERLOT team to find quality material from the internet which may be used to enhance classroom education.
At Louisiana Tech, he serves as a Lecturer where he teaches pre-calculus and differential calculus courses along with college algebra course and some introductory statistics courses.
Brian grew up in Louisiana and attended Louisiana Tech University with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics Education and Psychology. He jokingly says, “I know not only that one plus one equals two, but also how two FEELS about it!” Upon completion of undergraduate work, Brian worked toward and received a Masters of Divinity degree from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. He served over fifteen years as a member of the clergy in the United Methodist Church in both Louisiana and Missouri. In 2002, he began work towards a doctorate degree in Computational Analysis from Louisiana Tech. This degree was completed in November of 2005. Brian’s research interests have an emphasis in numerical analysis and nano-scale heat transfer.
Brian lives in Ruston with his wife, Kitty and their three children. He enjoys being a daddy, recreational sports and leading various community study groups. His personal web site can be found at http://www.latech.edu/~bbarron.