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Meet + Greet: Nick Pilewski, Math Instructor

 | Sep 15, 2014
Meet + Greet Nick Pilewski
Photo by Rob Hardin

Meet + Greet: Nick Pilewski, Math Instructor

Sep 15, 2014

Photo by Rob Hardin

Meet the Russ College’s new crop of faculty and staff members this year in this series of interviews, and stop by their offices to greet them in person.

Toledo native Nick Pilewski hopes to arm his students for future success through the power of math, while soaking in Southeast Ohio’s outdoor pursuits.

Where are you from, and how did you make your way to these parts?

I’m from Oregon, Ohio, which is a suburb east of Toledo on Lake Erie. I’m here completing a doctorate in mathematics.

Where did you prepare for your profession, and what was special about it?

I prepared my career in education here at OHIO, Bowling Green State University and Wright State University. I’ve worked with a diverse range of students and have learned about different teaching methods, which have helped me continually improve upon my teaching philosophy and methods.

What will you teach and/or research at the Russ College?

I’m currently teaching algebra and pre-calculus, and in the future will teach calculus I and II. My research is mostly in ring theory, which is typically considered to be in the realm of “pure math,” but it does have applications in areas such as coding theory and cryptography.

What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment?

Giving hundreds of students the tools to be successful not only in my classes, but in future classes and in their professional careers. Seeing former students succeed is the most rewarding and motivating part of my job.

At the Russ College, we "create for good." You'll be hearing this a lot because it's true. How will you "create for good" while you're at the Russ College?

In addition to helping students become proficient at applying mathematical principles, I want to help students realize their potential as problem solvers and independent learners.

What's the most fun/weird/zany/cool/exciting/awesome thing about Athens so far? 

I most enjoy outdoors activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, camping and photography, and there are plenty of opportunities for all of these around Athens. Athens also has a very strong sense of community.

Name a top movie and say why?

“Dumb and Dumber” has always been my favorite movie. It’s a poignant commentary on the myth of the American dream and the omnipresent materialism in our culture. Wait, that’s “The Great Gatsby.” Never mind.