Franklin D. Demana and Bert K. Waits are widely recognized for their outstanding contributions to mathematics education. Texas Instrument's gift to the Mathematics Education Trust (MET), in recognition of the outstanding contributions to mathematics education by professors Demana and Waits, supports scholarships to student members of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) who are undergraduates studying to become mathematics teachers.
Demana and Waits are well known for assisting in the design of the Texas Instruments family of graphing calculators and promoting the use of handheld technology in mathematics education. They are cofounders of T3: Teachers Teaching with Technology as well as the annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (ICTCM) and the biannual International Conference on Technology in Mathematics Teaching (ICTMT). They cofounded the technology-enhanced curriculum revision project Calculator and Computer Precalculus (C2PC). Demana and Waits have codirected many mathematics education projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Over the years, they have coauthored three high school, college precalculus, and calculus textbook series.
Frank Demana is a professor emeritus of mathematics at Ohio State University. He also serves as an academic coordinator for Texas Instruments, working with funding agencies, schools, and universities. He has published numerous articles in nationally recognized professional journals. He is a frequent speaker at state, national, and international meetings, as well as a consultant to mathematics departments throughout the United States and other countries. Demana is an active member of NCTM, the Mathematical Association of American (MAA), and the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC).
Bert Waits is a professor emeritus of mathematics and a visiting professor of mathematics, science, and technology education at Ohio State University. He is the cofounder and director of the Ohio Early College Mathematics Placement Testing (EMPT) Program, of the Ohio Board of Regents. Waits has served as president of the Central Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He has authored over 70 publications in internationally recognized professional journals. He has presented many keynote lectures, workshops, and minicourses at national meetings of the MAA and NCTM. From 1986 to 1988 he served as a member of the working group that wrote NCTM’s Curriculum and Evalutation Standards for School Mathematics. He has also served a three-year term on NCTM’s Board of Directors and has been a member of the College Board’s AP Calculus Development Committee.
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The Mathematics Education Trust was established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics