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Dr. Carlos G. Spaht, II


(AEP SWEPCO LaPREP Professorship)

Carlos Spaht received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from LSU in 1970. He joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1972, after serving two years at the Pentagon in the Military Intelligence branch of the army. He was promoted to professor in 1980. He has won several teaching awards, including Teacher of the Year and three Outstanding Faculty Performance awards at LSUS, the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 1997 Louisiana Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation, the 1997 award for Distinguished University or College Teaching in the Louisiana/Mississippi section of the Mathematical Association of America, and the 2007 U.S. Professor of the Year for Master's Universities and Colleges from the Carnegie Foundation and CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education).

Since 1990, most of his focus has been on LaPREP, a program which he envisioned, developed, directs, and for which he acquires funding sources. It is designed for high-ability middle and high school students with the purpose of encouraging and instructing them to successfully complete a college program, preferably in math, science, or engineering. LaPREP has been very successful, receiving accolades from local, state, and national organizations, including the National Science Foundation and the Mathematical Association of America.

As a direct result of LaPREP, Dr. Spaht has won three awards for public service and mentoring: The Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service in Education and the Jacqueline Onassis Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting Local Communities, and The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

Since 2003, he has been the director of Financial Independence for Life, a program he helped envision, design, develop and acquire funding sources. This program brings together high school teachers and students and the business sector in a study which enables the students to begin a journey towards financial freedom.

Dr. Spaht is currently interested in mathematics of finance, math intervention programs for minorities and reform in the teaching of mathematics incorporating the use of technology. He teaches a variety of undergraduate courses.

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