Three new members join MATHCOUNTS Board of Directors

Alexandria, VA – MATHCOUNTS, the nation's premiere middle school mathematics education program, announced today the addition of three new members to the organization's Board of Directors: Gayle Mujica, Bhupinder Singh and Jonathan Wai. The selection of these members is reflective of the organization's continuing effort to secure governance from industry leadership in the fields of math and science.

Mujica is currently the Director of Professional Development and Content for the Education Technology Business Group of Texas Instruments. In this role, she is responsible for the professional development and content strategy and resulting programs that support educators as they use TI products to guide their students in mathematics and science and publishers as they incorporate TI products into their offerings.

Mujica leads the team that manages offerings, development of professional development and stand- along curricular materials, instructor relations, alliances, and publisher partner relationships. She also oversees the T3TM – Teachers Teaching with Technology organization and its programs, including the T3 International Conference, Regional Conferences, Summer Workshops, Webinars, and Customized Professional Development Programs. Prior to working at Texas Instruments, Mujica worked as a business analyst for McKinsey and Company. She has a B.S. in mathematics from Millsaps College and a master's degree in statistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Singh is the senior vice president of Bentley Software. Bentley Software is responsible for the strategic direction and management of all Bentley’s software products and development activities. Previously, Singh served in the sales organization as managing director for Bentley South Asia and prior to that role, he served as Bentley’s senior vice president of the Platform Products Group. Before joining Bentley, Singh held various software engineering positions at Montgomery Watson Hazra and Intergraph Corporation. He is a graduate in Civil Engineering with a B.Tech from I.I.T. Delhi and holds master’s degrees in Structural Engineering from Vanderbilt University and Computer Science from Rutgers University.

Jonathan Wai, Ph.D., is a psychologist, writer, and research scientist at the Duke University Talent Identification Program and an expert on multiple issues surrounding the development of intellectual and creative talent. Dr. Wai earned his doctorate in psychology from Vanderbilt University where he taught

at Peabody College. His work has been highlighted by the New York Times, Scientific American, Reuters, and Education Week and has been discussed in reports by the National Academy of Sciences, National Science Board, and the journal Science. Dr. Wai has been awarded multiple international Mensa Awards for Research Excellence for his work on intelligence and creativity. He participated in MATHCOUNTS as a middle school student.

"We are extremely fortunate to have such talented people join our organization," said Lou DiGioia, executive director of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation. "Each member brings extensive experience in their particular fields, and their leadership is something that will be an invaluable asset as MATHCOUNTS strives to expand its reach across the country with new and innovative programs."

About MATHCOUNTS

MATHCOUNTS (www.mathcounts.org) is America’s only nationwide enrichment, club, and competition program that motivates and rewards middle school students for math achievement.

Reach:

  • Over the past 29 years, millions of students have participated in MATHCOUNTS programs and been exposed to MATHCOUNTS problems in the classroom, resulting in the development of essential critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • More than 125,000 students in more than 7,000 schools register annually to participate in MATHCOUNTS Programs.
  • MATHCOUNTS currently distributes program information, curriculum and materials to more than 48,000 middle schools.
  • A 501(c)(3) organization, funding for MATHCOUNTS comes primarily from its National Sponsors: Raytheon Company, U.S. Department of Defense, Northrop Grumman Foundation, National Society of Professional Engineers, ConocoPhillips, CNA Foundation, Texas Instruments Incorporated, ThinkFun and 3M Foundation. MATHCOUNTS was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, CNA Foundation and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

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August 18, 2011

Contacts:

Archana Mehta

MATHCOUNTS Foundation

703.299.9006, ext.108

archana@mathcounts.org

MATHCOUNTS Foundation

1420 King Street Alexandria, VA 22314

www.mathcounts.org

www.reelmath.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Release Date: 
Thursday, August 18, 2011