The Enigma Panel is a volunteer group of award-winning educators with decades of experience in instruction, coaching and contest problem authoring. The team is led by:
Mike Clapper, Chief Mathematician, Australian Mathematics Trust
Mike is the Executive Director of the Australian Mathematics Trust, and has been a member of the Problems Committees of the Australian Mathematics Competition for many years, and now chairs the Committees. Mike is an experienced administrator and mathematician with a lifelong interest in mathematics, holding a Master’s Degree from Oxford University. He has taught Mathematics and Computer Science at both middle and high school levels in schools in the UK and Australia and has been involved in setting mathematics examinations in both Victoria and NSW. He has served as the Head of School at several private schools over the years. Mike is also passionate about teacher education and is a well-known presenter at conferences for Mathematics teachers. The Australian Maths Trust’s competitions are sat in nearly 40 countries and Mike has led the AMT’s outreach efforts in the evolution of these competitions and their associated resources to various digital formats.
David Wells, Associate Professor Emeritus, Penn State University
Dr. David Wells is the former Chair of the MAA Committee on the American Mathematics Competitions, and the former Chair of the AMC 12 Contest Committee, and a USAMO grader. Dr Wells is a recipient of the Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has edited or co-edited several publications including the The Contest Problem Book VIII: Americam Mathematics Competitions (AMC 10) and The Contest Problem Book IX: Americam Mathematics Competitions (AMC 12). David has also authored a 5-volume series of online, problem-based courses for high school titled the Zen Master’s series for High School students. David has a PhD from University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
James Tanton, Mathematical Association of America, Mathematician-at-Large
Believing that mathematics really is accessible to all, James Tanton (PhD, Mathematics, Princeton 1994) is committed to sharing the delight and beauty of the subject. In 2004 James founded the St. Mark’s Institute of Mathematics, an outreach program promoting joyful and effective mathematics education. He worked as a fulltime high-school teacher at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA (2004-2012), and he conducted, and continues to conduct, mathematics courses and workshops for mathematics teachers across the nation and overseas. He is also the Mathematician-in-Residence at the Mathematical Association of America, the largest professional society for collegiate mathematics in the US. James is the author of Solve This: Math Activities for Students and Clubs (MAA, 2001), The Encyclopedia of Mathematics (Facts on File, 2005), Mathematics Galore! (MAA, 2012), Geometry: An Interactive Journey to Mastery (The Great Courses, 2014), Without Words: Volumes 1 and 2 (Tarquin 2015), Trigonometry: A Clever Study Guide (MAA, 2015), and twelve self-published texts. He is the 2005 recipient of the Beckenbach Book Prize, the 2006 recipient of the Kidder Faculty Prize at St. Mark’s School, and a 2010 recipient of a Raytheon Math Hero Award for excellence in school teaching and currently serves as the Mathematician-at-Large for the Mathematical Association of America. James has also authored a 6-volume series of online, problem-based courses for middle school titled the Zen Master’s series for Middle School students. James has PhD from Princeton University.
Shuchi Grover, Senior Research Scientist, SRI International
A computer scientist and learning sciences researcher by training, Shuchi brings to bear her multidisciplinary background in science, computer science, the learning sciences and education in her work in STEM learning in the K-16 years. Her research in computer science education in K-12 is concerned primarily with studying curricula, tools, and environments that help in developing computational competencies; as well as the social, cultural, and cognitive processes that nurture such development. Her current work and interests also encompass development of assessments for computational thinking, design of learning environments, and leveraging learning analytics to better understand cognitive as well as non-cognitive aspects of learning in technology-enabled environments. Grover’s prior work and broader interests extend to online and computer-supported collaborative learning; online communities of/for learning; design and implementation of learning technologies; constructionist, computationally rich, informal learning spaces for children; and teacher professional development. Shuchi has a PhD in Learning Sciences and Technology Design (Computer Science Education) from Stanford University, an M.S. in Computer Science, and an Ed.M. (Technology, Innovation & Education) from Harvard University, and undergraduate degrees in Physics and Computer Science.
Raymond Ravaglia, Director of Pre-College Programs for the School of the New York TimesRaymond is Director of Pre-College Programs for the School of the New York Times. He is the founder of Stanford University Online High School and was the Associate Dean of Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies. He is the author of "Bricks and Mortar: the Making of a Real Education at Stanford Online High School". Ravaglia has served in various advisory and board capacities and was a founding board member of the International Council for Online Learning (iNacol). He was the Executive Director and co-founder of Stanford's Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY).