# Tamara Veenstra

### Professor, Math/Compt Science

**Degrees:** Ph.D. Mathematics, June 1997, Dartmouth College; A.M. Mathematics, June 1994, Dartmouth College; B.S. Mathematics, May 1992, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

**Office:** Math & Computer Science , Appleton Hall #221

**Phone:** 909/748-8634 Campus Ext. 8634

**E-mail:** tamara_veenstra@redlands.edu

**Web:** http://bulldog2.redlands.edu/facultyfolder/tamara_veenstra/

## Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

- Number Theory
- Cryptography
- Mathematics and Origami

## Professional Background

A number theorist by training, she has recently pursued interests in the mathematics of origami and cryptography. She has developed a general education course titled Mathematics of Origami, and has given numerous talks and published papers on her research in this area. Her cryptography interests have led to curriculum development, research projects with students, and, more recently, classified cryptography research for the government.

## Courses Offered

- Calculus I, II, and III
- Discrete Mathematics
- Number Theory and History of Mathematics
- Geometry
- Complex Analysis
- Real Analysis
- Abstract Algebra
- Senior Seminar
- Mathematics of Origami
- Mathematics of Cryptography
- Magical Realms: An Exploration of Fantasy Novels

## Degrees Held

- Ph.D. Mathematics, June 1997, Dartmouth College
- A.M. Mathematics, June 1994, Dartmouth College
- B.S. Mathematics, May 1992, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

## Previous Teaching Experience

University of Northern Iowa, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, 1997-2001

## Publications and Presentations

“Fujimoto, Number Theory, and a New Folding Technique,” Origami4: Proceedings of the Fourth International Meeting of Origami Science, Mathematics, and Education, AK Peters, Natick, MA, 2009.

“Constructing Regular n-gonal Twist Boxes, with s-m belcastro,” Origami4: Proceedings of the Fourth International Meeting of Origami Science, Mathematics, and Education, AK Peters, Natick, MA, 2009.

“The Matrix Connection: Fibonacci and Inductive Proof,” with C. Miller, Mathematics Teacher, December 2005, Vol 99, No. 5, pp 328-333.

“College Algebra with Applications: Math for Biology,” with C. Miller, The AMATYC Review, Spring 2003, Vol. 24, No. 2, pp 15-22.

"Visions of Self in the Act of Teaching: Using Personal Metaphors in Collaborative Study of Teaching Practices," with M. Heston, L. Fitzgerald, K. East, and C. Miller, Teaching and Learning: The Journal of Natural Inquiry & Reflective Practice, Summer 2002, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp 81-93.

“Fibonacci: Beautiful Patterns, Beautiful Math,” with C. Miller, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, January 2002, pp 298-305.

“Siegel Modular Forms, L-functions, and Satake Parameters,” Journal of Number Theory 87, March 2001, pp. 15-20.