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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 two published books of mathematical puzzles and 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.

You can follow Dr. Clontz on Twitter @StevenXClontz or visit his website at

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

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 Outreach

Dr. Cadavious M. Jones is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Alabama State University. He received his BS in 2006 and MS in 2008 from Alabama State University with a PhD in Mathematics from Auburn University in 2014. He is a contributor to the Australian Maths Trust, member of the MASAMU international research group for mathematics, and a staunch supporter of promoting mathematics and statistics awareness. Dr. Jones is Chair of the MGM BEST Hub committee and Director of the MGM BEST Robotics Competition, Chair of the ASU Lyceum Committee, advisor to the ASUBotics Club, member of the ASU Science Olympiad committee, and reviewer for several mathematics journals including the Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computing, JAMC and Associate Editor for the JGEU journal. His research interests include robotics and combinatorics.

The highlight of his career has been STEM outreach and facilitation which includes mentoring local high school students to encourage them into various STEM fields to his ongoing participation in global math camps thereby connecting countries such as the United States, Australia, Wales, Japan and Africa. Much of Dr. Jones's efforts come from a desire to see greater diversity in STEM and a joy of working with young minds whether that be in the American Black Belt or the Australian Outback.

Associate Director of Information Technology

Dr. Andrew Owens, Assistant Professor of Mathematics 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. He has also taught mathematics at the middle school and high school level and wants to bring exciting math puzzles to these students who would otherwise not have the opportunity.

Dr. Owens maintains MaPP's website and manages MaPP's presence on the ClueKeeper app.

Campus Directors

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.