In January professor Susan Loepp was awarded the 2012 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. The award, given by the Mathematical Association of America, honors extraordinary professors whose teaching effectiveness has been shown to have influence beyond their own institutions.
Specializing in commutative algebra, Loepp has published papers in numerous journals, and she co-wrote the textbook Protecting Information: From Classical Error Correction to Quantum Cryptography with Williams physics professor Bill Wootters. In addition to teaching courses in abstract algebra, algebraic error-correcting codes, encryption and Galois theory and modules, she is heavily involved in the College’s SMALL undergraduate Research Project. The intensive, nine-week summer program brings to campus roughly 30 undergraduates from around the world to work on unsolved problems and help math professors with their research.
Loepp is the fifth Williams math professor to receive the Haimo award. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/xZnZXs.