## Meet the Math Faculty

## Leyla Batakci, Ph.D.

#### Associate Professor and Chair of Mathematical Sciences

batakcil@etown.edu | 717-361-1335

Dr. Batakci holds a B.A. from Ege University (Turkey), an M.A. in Statistics from Lehigh University, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Lehigh University. Her research interests include algebraic topology, statistics and statistics education.

## Bogdan Doytchinov, Ph.D.

#### Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences

doytchinovb@etown.edu | 717-361-1224

Dr. Doytchinov holds a B.S. and M.S. from Moscow State University (Russia), and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include applied probability, statistics, actuarial science, and financial mathematics.

## James Hughes, Ph.D.

#### Professor of Mathematical Sciences

hughesjr@etown.edu | 717-361-1334

Dr. Hughes holds a B.A. in Mathematics from The Catholic University of America, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Brandeis University. His research interests include topology and connections between mathematics and music.

## Tim McDevitt, Ph.D.

#### Professor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

mcdevittt@etown.edu | 717-361-1337

Dr. McDevitt holds B.S. degrees in both Mathematics and Physics from James Madison University, and M.A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Mathematics from the University of Virginia. His research interests include solid mechanics and shell theory, statistics, cryptology, and the use of mathematical software.

## Gabriela Sanchis, Ph.D.

#### Professor of Mathematical Sciences

sanchisgr@etown.edu | 717-361-1339

Dr. Sanchis holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Syracuse University, an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Rochester. Her research interests include probability theory and the history of mathematics. She is also an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, and coordinates the Actuarial Science program.

## Sakar Sigdel, Ph.D.

#### Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences

sigdels@etown.edu | 717-361-4759 | Esbenshade 4759

Dr. Sigdel holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Arcadia University, M.S. in Applied Statistics from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. in Applied Statistics from the University of California Riverside. His research interests include generalized linear models, biostatistics and machine learning.

## Steve Soltys, Ed.D.

#### Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences

soltyss@etown.edu | 717-361-1336

Dr. Soltys holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Messiah College, an M.Ed. from Millersville University, and an Ed.D. in Mathematics Education from Temple University. His research interests include mathematics education and the use of technology--both hardware and software--in teaching. Dr. Soltys coordinates the Mathematics- Secondary Education program.

Prior to joining the staff at Elizabethtown College, he spent 20 years teaching mathematics at Manheim Central High School.

## Bobette Thorsen, Ph.D.

#### Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences

thorsenbh@etown.edu | 717-361-1338

Dr. Thorsen holds B.A. degrees in both Mathematics and Art from Brown University, an M.S. in Mathematics from Montana State University, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research interests include complex analysis and operator theory.

## Professor Montgomery

#### Adjunct Professor of Mathematical Sciences

Professor Montgomery has been with the Elizabethtown College Department of Mathematical Sciences since 2013. She earned her B.S. degree in Mathematics Secondary Education and her Master of Arts in Mathematics from Clarion State College (now Clarion University of PA) where she was also a walk-on competitor on Clarion’s nationally ranked Women’s Gymnastics Team.

Prior to teaching at Etown, she taught high school mathematics for 36 years, including 15 years teaching Advanced Placement Calculus. “Prof M.” also served as an AP Calculus Consultant and AP Exam Grader for six consecutive years.

Her research interests include exploring student learning styles with respect to teaching styles, creating strategies for student engagement, and mentoring first year teachers.