Understanding things is exhilarating. This experience all students deserve, and mathematics is the ideal vehicle since it all happens in the head. When we teach, we get to share our joy of understanding. Our classes are small, so we get to witness our students grasp ideas, sometimes through drill, often through understanding how to work a particular exercise, and occasionally through a glorious moment of insight. Because many of our students stay with us for several years, we get to know them personally and hope to impart to them a love of understanding the world.
Dr. Lily Yen, originally from Taiwan, graduated from SFU, obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and held a post doctoral fellowship at the University of Waterloo. She is now Adjunct Professor at SFU, where her research interests are centred in discrete mathematics. Moreover, since 2000 Dr. Yen has taught at Capilano University, where she was instrumental in establishing the SNAP Math Fair for local elementary school students at Capilano University and has given talks for the teachers at the Fair every time since. She has been the Lyons Lecturer at the Waterloo Seminar for the winners of the Canadian Mathematics Contests and gave public lectures at the 10th International Congress of Mathematics Education.
Dr. Mogens Lemvig Hansen, originally from Denmark, graduated from the University of Odense with degrees in mathematics and physic and obtained his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at Wilfrid Laurier University and SFU.
Drs. Yen and Hansen host the Moscow-based international Tournament of the Towns Mathematics Competition in cooperation with Capilano University. For two years they were editors of the Skoliad section of Crux Mathematicorum, a periodical published by the Canadian Mathematics Society, they were trainers for the Canadian International Mathematics Olympiad team in 2003 and 2007, and both won several teaching awards at the University of Pennsylvania,