Wade Ellis, Jr.

Like his father Wade Ellis Sr., Wade Ellis Jr. is an accomplished mathematician with primary interest in teaching and has been a mathematics instructor at West Valley Community College in Saratoga, California for 20 years. Wade is currently Second Vice President of the Mathematical Association of America. He is a past president of the California Mathematics Council, Community College and has served as a member of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board, and the National Research Council Committee on Science Education. He is the coauthor of numerous books on the use of computers in teaching and learning mathematics. Among his many honors are the AMATYC Mathematics Excellence Award, the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal of the United States Army, the Hayward Award for Excellence in Education from the California Academic Senate, and the Distinguished Service Award from the California Mathematics Council, Community College.

web page url: http://instruct.westvalley.edu/ellis/
email: wade_ellis@westvalley.edu

He has published several books concerning mathematics and computer science. Here are some:

1. Wade Ellis and Ed Lodi, Mathematica, a Tutorial Introduction.

2. Wade Ellis, Eugene Johnson, Ed Lodi, and Dan Schwalbe, Maple V Flight Manual, Brooks/Cole, 1992.

He also produced:Mathematics and computation: proliferation and fragmentation. A lecture presented at the Seventy-fifth Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of the MAA in Columbus, Ohio, August 1990. AMS-MAA Joint Lecture Series.

Mathematical Association of America, Washington, DC, 1991. 1 videocassette (NTSC; 1/2 inch; VHS) (45 min.); sd., col. $36.95.

Publisher's description: "Digital computers have helped to solve the four-color problem, and we are beginning to make inroads on the weather prediction problem. Many optimization problems are solved every day using old and new linear programming techniques. We are justly proud of these many successes and have cause to celebrate them.

"These triumphs, however, present challenges to the future well-being of mathematics. Computer science, statistics, decision science, and operations research are examples of areas where mathematicians have been extremely successful in applying their knowledge to difficult and interesting problems. Often these mathematical specialities split off to become separate departments. This fragmentation of academic mathematics presents challenges and opportunties which we ignore at our own peril."

In preparing this page, we had the help of Robert Fikes, Jr., Librarian San Diego State University, and the help of Judith Scales-Trent.


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