**Organizer**

Skona Brittainhas an MA in Mathematics from Princeton University,

an MSE in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and

a BA in Theoretical Physics from UCSB’s College of Creative Studies.

She has taught mathematics and/or computer science at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, SBCC and UCSB.Since 1999, Skona has been running SB Family School, a private math enrichment program, where she coaches math teams of 4

^{th}-12^{th}graders, mostly homeschoolers,

as well as designs and teaches “creative mathematics” classes and summer camps.

For the past decade, she has also been coaching the Santa Barbara chapter of the Southern California ARML team. The High School Santa Barbara Math Ellipse is an extension of that group.Skona participated in Great Circles 2009, a workshop about Math Circles sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at U.C.Berkeley in April 2009. In the Summer and Fall of 2009, Skona and SB Family School collaborated with the UCSB Department of Mathematics to start the UCSB Math Circle, for Junior High School students. As the organizer of the Santa Barbara Math Ellipses, Skona was invited to MSRI's Circle on the Road workshops in Houston in March 2011, in Puerto Rico in March 2013, and at Courant in NYC in October 2016.

Other Presenters

Max Weissreceived a BA, MS and PhD in Mathematics from Yale University, Cornell University and the University of Washington, respectively.

For most of his career, he was a Mathematics Professor at UCSB, where he started the College of Creative Studies math program.Max's connection to the Santa Barbara Math Ellipse is that he was Skona’s favorite math professor when she was in college. Both Max and CCS profoundly changed Skona's views on mathematics and education.

Brian Satzingergrew up in Missouri and went to college at the University of Missouri, where he majored in Computer Engineering. In the Fall of 2010, he came to graduate school at UCSB, to work in their new Robotics Laboratory, with Professor Katie Byl and Little Dog.

Brian's connection to the Santa Barbara Math Ellipse is that he and Skona are both in the Ocean Ducks, where he swims the same stroke as Skona, albeit an order of magnitude* faster.