Favorite Quote or Motto"We don't plan to fail; we fail to plan."
Places to Visit or Things to DoI want to visit the Vatican and the Holy Land.
Favorite MovieRaiders of the Lost Ark
Favorite BookCryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Hobbies and InterestsI like learning new things about computers.
University Faculty Spotlight:
Dr. Michael Zwilling
Title: Professor of Mathematics
I chose math as a professional because math was always my most difficult subject, so that made it the most interesting.
It is very fulfilling when former students return and express their gratitude for the educational foundation Mount Union provided them.
Learning by doing
Students learn math by doing math. There is no substitute for homework. Euclid scolded King Ptolemy: "There is no royal road to geometry"; 2300 years later, it is still true.
I developed a classical cryptography course for freshmen, and I am currently researching negative binomial regression, which is a statistical technique for predicting count data.
Favorite Part of the Job
My favorite part of my job is helping students one-on-one so that we can focus on alternate methods for better understanding the material.
My favorite building is Tolerton-Hood Hall, because that's where the math students hang out.
Mount Union Family
Mount Union is unique because the people are all so friendly and willing to help each other; it's like an extended family.
Mount Union offers a rigorous and thorough education, both inside and outside the classroom. Employers have told me over and over again how well prepared Mount Union students are.
Multivariate statistical methods
B.S., Education, Eastern Illinois University
M.A., Mathematics, Eastern Illinois University
M.S., Statistics, University of Illinois
Ph.D., Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University