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Paul Casillas with Students

For the love of math

As a young boy Paul Casillas was full of curiosity. He enjoyed building mechanical and scientific devices, and even had a rudimentary workshop and laboratory in his parents’ basement by the age of seven. He enrolled in shop classes in junior high school—metal fabrication, wood shop, drafting, and electronics—and to this day decades later continues to build projects in his woodshop.

As Casillas transitioned into high school, he completed his first cross-disciplinary project merging ideas from his history and calculus classes. The project got him completely hooked on mathematics. His passion grew throughout his undergraduate career, while his graduate work prepared him for a teaching career in mathematics.

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