Prof. Stephen Drake
Universities Attended and Educational Experiences: Most recent first.
From 1985 through 2011: Each year, I have served as a grant proposal reader for the National Science Foundation in Washington, D. C. (one-to-three times per year).
2010 – I gave the commencement address at the Northwestern Michigan College graduation.
2010 – I was the guest speaker at the Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Alpha Rho Pi induction ceremony. The topic was Pi and leadership.
2009-2010 – I was the winner of the Imogene Wise (Outstanding Teacher of the Year) award for “Excellence in teaching techniques, for maintaining superlative rapport with students, for uses of innovative and interesting approaches, for a complete sense of dedication consistent with the finest traditions of the Northwestern Michigan College Faculty.”
2007 – I was the guest speaker at the Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Alpha Rho Pi induction ceremony and I was presented with an Honorary Membership.
2006 - Eight weeks spent in Russia that included six weeks teaching mathematics for students taking part in the Michigan State University Study Abroad in Russia Program. Participating students in this program were studying Russian culture, language and history as well as other fields: Civil Engineering, Mathematics, Education. The engineering and mathematics courses were all taught by USA professors. The University for Engineering, Volgograd (the old Stalingrad), Russia.
During the years of 2001, 2002, 2003, I was the principal investigator for a grant from the National Science Foundation to integrate mathematics into a variety of courses and programs at Northwestern Michigan College. Some of the activities involved the Dennos Museum Center on the NMC campus.
2001 - Presentation: How Mathematics was Successfully Integrated into the Northwestern Michigan College Great Lakes Maritime Academy. Community College Association of America (CCAA) Conference. San Antonio, Texas
2000 - Presentation: How Mathematics Is Integrated In Vocational Studies. Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville, Michigan. Presentation delivered again at the LAND Conference. Lansing, Michigan.
1996 - Chautauqua (National Science Foundation (NSF) Short Course for College Faculty). History of Mathematics in U.S.A. Temple University. Philadelphia, PA.
1994 - Intensive study devoted to integration of academic courses with vocational programs. CCAA. Austin, Texas
1990 - Summer spent programming super computers (Cray and IBM) at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. Cooperative grant with Michigan Technological University
1989 - Presentation: Integration of Mathematics in Academic Classes. American Mathematical Association for Two-Year Colleges Conference. Houston, Texas
1989 – Summer: Cooperative studies in statistics and stochastic processes. FISPE grant. Michigan Technological University. Houghton, Michigan
1988 - Chautauqua (NSF Short Course for College Faculty). Emphasis on Chaos Theory. Christian Brothers University. Memphis, Tennessee
1986-1989 – I was the principal investigator (PI) for a FIPSI grant to connect engineering studies at Northwestern Michigan College with Michigan Technological University. This resulted in direct transfers for NMC students to MTU that still continues today.
1985 – Summer: Advanced studies in topology and mathematical history. University of Washington. Seattle, Washington
1984 – Summer: Advanced studies in computer science. Clarkson University. Potsdam, New York
1983 – Summer: Advanced studies in computer science. Southwest Missouri State University. Springfield, Missouri
1970 – 1971 - National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for advanced studies in mathematics and computer science. (Beginning of a doctoral program in mathematics). University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, Michigan. Also, was a teaching assistant (TA).
1970 - Summer. NSF grant for studies in physics. Kansas State University. Manhattan, Kansas
1967 – 1968 - NSF grant for accelerated studies in mathematics and nuclear physics resulting in a Master of Science degree. The University of Wyoming. Laramie, Wyoming
1966 - Summer. Studies in physics. Northwest Missouri State University. Maryville, Missouri
1960 – 1964 - Bachelor of Science in mathematics and biology. Northwest Missouri State University. Maryville, Missouri.