Any of our directors or other volunteers may be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Games and Puzzles
Dr. Steven Clontz, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of South Alabama, has been an active puzzle competitor and designer since 2009. In addition to Dr. Clontz’s work with MaPP, his credits include several general audience puzzle events around the world, including partnerships with international puzzlehunt competitions, escape room businesses, and the National Museum of Mathematics.
Dr. Clontz strives to find ways to take mathematical research, including his own work in topology and game theory, and make it accessible to high school students by applying the same concepts in many of MaPP’s puzzles. He also loves to duplicate the fun of MaPP’s programs in his classroom by employing the same philosophy of active inquiry and team-based learning in his courses.
Director of Mathematics
Dr. Braxton Carrigan, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Southern Connecticut State University, is co-author of the Inquiry-Based Learning textbook Investigating Discrete Mathematics. Dr. Carrigan has traveled the country and world promoting mathematics through puzzles, including serving several mathematics camps in Australia. This experience led to a partnership with Dr. Clontz to co-found the the world’s first mathematical puzzlehunt competition, the A.M.P.’d Challenge, at Auburn University in 2012. Dr. Carrigan is a professional development organizer and presenter for the GeoGebra Institute of Southern Connecticut, served on the organizational team for New Haven Math County Math Teacher Circles, and received a MAA-DMEG grant supporting the MaPP Challenge at SCSU.
As an instructor of many pre-service teachers at his university, Dr. Carrigan utilizes mathematical puzzles in the classroom as an introduction to studying theoretical mathematics.
Director of Campuses
Dr. PJ Couch, Distinguished Faculty Teaching Fellow and Associate Professor of Mathematics at Lamar University, established the Lamar Mathematical Puzzlehunt in 2015, which served as the pilot event for the MaPP’s Challenge. Dr. Couch also sponsored the first MaPP Middle School Challenge at Lamar University. He coordinates MaPP’s partner campuses, including onboarding our new partners each year.
You can visit his website at http://pjcou.ch/.
Associate Director of Math Education
Dr. Younhee Lee, Assistant Professor at Southern Connecticut State University, is a mathematics educator who is deeply interested in the connection between secondary school mathematics and collegiate mathematics. She has joined MaPP in 2020 and is excited to help students to gain authentic and unique mathematical experiences in MaPP. Dr. Lee is also a project NExT fellow of MAA (Mathematical Association of America) and enjoys teaching both mathematics and mathematics education courses.
Associate Director of Information Technology
Dr. Andrew Owens, Visiting Assistant Professor of Teaching at Widener University, became a co-coordinator for A.M.P.'d challenge in the summer of 2013 and helped lead the program after the original creators graduated. Dr. Owens has experience participating in math puzzle competitions since 2006 including the Microsoft Puzzle Challenge and MIT Mystery Hunt. He has also taught mathematics at the grade school level and wants to bring exciting math puzzles to students of those grades levels.
Dr. Owens maintains MaPP's website and manages MaPP's presence on the ClueKeeper app.
MaPP relies on our enthusiastic network of campus directors who coordinate our events across the country. To learn more about these people, visit our Campuses page.