Andrew Engleward

Director of Mathematics for Teaching Graduate Program,

Harvard Extension School


Andy Engelward is the director of the Math for Teaching ALM program at the Harvard Extension School. He first began teaching mathematics while completing his PhD in number theory at Harvard. Since that time he has taught students from ages 7 to 70 in a wide range of settings including a prep school (Noble and Greenough), an afterschool program (The Math Circle at Harvard), and summer programs (Upward Bound and the Harvard Summer School), in addition to teaching in the Harvard math department and at the Extension School. He credits his enjoyment of teaching to his parents who helped him experience the thrill of mathematical discovery when he was very young. He has made it his goal to help as many others as possible to enjoy that same sense of mathematical creativity, leading to his current work with teachers in the Math for Teaching program. Andy’s own mathematical interests involve algebraic groups, elliptic curves, and number theory. He is the recipient of the Extension School’s Petra T. Shattuck prize for teaching and has received certificates of distinction from Harvard’s Bok Center for Teaching every semester he taught undergraduates.





PhD, Harvard University

Srdjan Divac

Srdjan Divac studied computer science and applied mathematics, then pure mathematics at Harvard University, Tufts University and Boston University. He has been teaching math at various levels for the last 25 years at Harvard, Tufts, Boston University and Boston University Academy, and has collaborated on a number of textbooks and educational projects. Srdjan is a many-time recipient of the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching. He was also nominated for the Levenson award, the highest teaching honor at Harvard. He also spent about six years helping to inflate and deflate the dot com bubble.Extension School



PhD, Harvard University

MA, Tufts University


Rita Jaramillo

Jaramillo has an impressive and diverse career in the public sector as well as an inspiring community service record. Through a variety of positions with the the U.S. House of Representatives, The White House, four federal agencies, the National Education Association and an extensive civic career, Jaramillo has acquired a breadth of experience in a wide range of managerial, political and policy development functions.


She most recently served with the National Education Association (NEA) where she focused on external partnerships and advocacy. In this capacity, Jaramillo assisted NEA in developing new partnerships and joint activities on behalf of its 3.2 million members.


Prior to joining the NEA, Jaramillo served for five terms as Chief of Staff to Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15). In this capacity she served as the congressman’s senior advisor on political and policy matters. Jaramillo also served in the Clinton Administration, Office of Presidential Personnel where she was responsible for identifying and recommending Latinos for senior level appointments. She has held senior management positions in four federal agencies including the Departments of Interior, Agriculture, Treasury and the Corporation for National Service.


A member of several civic and Latino organizations, Jaramillo has held leadership positions in the following: Chair, National Latino Children’s Institute, Vice Chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute; President, MANA, A National Latina Organization; Vice Chair, Hispanic Engineering Science Technology Initiative; Founding Class, National Hispana Leadership Institute; and Board Chair, Center for Women Policy Studies. She is the recipient of the National Council of La Raza/Harvard University Fellowship and is the recipient of the Cesar Chavez Community Service Award presented by the US Hispanic Leadership Institute and the NHLI 2011 Alumna of the Year.


Jaramillo holds a B. A. in Bilingual Education and Mass Communications from New Mexico Highlands University, a M. A. in Education from Washington State University, and a M. P. A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Dr. Edwin LeMaster

Dr. Edwin LeMaster holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) in physics from West Texas State College, an Master of Science (MS) in physics and mathematics from Texas Tech University, and a Ph.D. in physics and mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin. He joined UTPA in 1970 as assistant professor of physics, later serving as chair of the Physics department, founding Chair of the new Engineering Department, Director of the School of Engineering and Computer Science, associate dean and then dean of the College of Science and Engineering.


While at UTPA, he was instrumental in initiating programs such as HESTEC and the Texas Pre-freshman Engineering Program (TexPREP) to UTPA, which he served as its first director starting in 1986. Dr. Lemaster directed the startup of the engineering programs at UTPA that led to accreditation by ABET of a total of five BS programs, and two MS programs. Under his direction the new engineering programs grew from a pre-engineering program with 20 students, to over 1300 students at his retirement in 2010. Dr. Lemaster has led in the development of courses and laboratories for the new engineering programs and participated in the design of the new Engineering Building. Over $2 Million in endowed scholarships and four endowed professorships were initiated from the Engineering Capital Campaign in 1994-95. He supervised grant funded research and education programs, one of which was the NSF funded Bridge to the Doctorate that funded 24 Hispanic and female students in STEM fields to complete their MS degrees and transition into PhD granting institutions. Of the cohort, 23 of the students transitioned into the PhD programs after completion of the MS degrees at UT Pan American


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