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Daphne Skipper

Curriculum Vitae


University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (1994-1999)

  • Ph.D., M.A. – Mathematics
  • Major: Combinatorial Optimization; Minor: Analysis
  • Thesis: “Combinatorial Scheduling Models”
  • Honors:  Women in Mathematics fellowship, Teaching and Research Assistantships

University of the South, Sewanee, TN (1990-1994)

  • B.S. – Mathematics
  • Honors:  Valedictorian, Wilkins Scholar, Hooke Prize for Achievement in Mathematics, Rhodes Scholar Finalist, Freshman Prize, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Activities: Probability and Combinatorics REU at Michigan Technological University, Varsity Athletics (basketball, track, cross-country, softball), University Math and Writing tutor, Statistics Lab Assistant

Teaching Experience

United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD (July 2016-Present)

  • Assistant Professor
  • Fall 2016:  Teaching Calculus 1 and Advanced Mathematical Programming

Augusta University, Augusta, GA  (August 2011-May 2016)                          

  • Full Time Faculty (8/13-present), Adjunct Faculty (8/11-12/12)
  • Courses taught: Linear Algebra, Elementary Statistics, Precalculus, College Algebra
  • Received grant (as co-investigator) in the amount of $20,800 through Affordable Learning Georgia for adoption of open an textbook in Elementary Statistics courses at Augusta University, a transition that will save each Statistics student over $100 in course materials.  Responsible for aligning course syllabus to the new textbook and developing course materials to be made available in an open resource repository such as Merlot.  Project timeline:  Fall 2015-Spring 2017
  • Received the Augusta University “Caught in the Act of Great Teaching” award (January 2015)
  • Used Echo 360 software to make and publish recordings of statistics lectures (Fall 2015)
  • Incorporated pedagogies to improve student success rates by increasing student engagement

Augusta Technical College, Augusta, GA (January 2005-May 2009)

  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Taught Intermediate and College Algebra.  Taught night classes to mostly non-traditional students.

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (August 1995-December 1997)

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Primary Instructor:  Finite Mathematics, Calculus I, and Calculus II with a Maple Lab.
  • Lab Instructor: “Math Excel” program (Catered to talented students from groups that are traditionally under-represented in math.  Students met for a 6 hours per week “lab” to solve challenging problems related to a concurrent Calculus I or Calculus II class.)

Industry Experience

Qwest Communications, Boulder, CO (1999-2002)

  • Member of Technical Staff-Math Modeling Team
  • Served as an internal consultant.  Used math modeling and optimization techniques to complete quantitative studies and to build desktop tools that improved efficiency and cut operating costs.
  • On a typical project, responsibilities included:
    • Consulting with clients to understand the problem and develop a solution strategy.
    • Creating a math model as dictated by the solution strategy.
    • Implementing the model using an object-oriented programming language or specialized software, which would be delivered to the client as a desktop tool, or used to complete a business case analysis.
  • Sample projects:
    • ATM network planning tool:  The algorithm solves successive linear programs to develop an optimal, multi-period rollout scheme for ATM technology in the network.
    • Real Estate move planning tool:  This interactive tool explores the effects of moving groups of employees to buildings throughout the city.  The heuristic proposes improved “layouts” with respect to a variety of criteria weighted by the user, such as cost of moves and proximity of related groups in the company.
    • Routing comparison study:  Compares 3 different MPLS-network routing strategies. 

Ball Aerospace, Boulder, CO (1998-1999)

  • Database and Web Programming
  • Upgraded and enhanced multiple internal databases according to user requirements.
  • Provided access to database information via the company intranet.


Augusta University, Augusta, GA (2013-present)

  • Core Mathematics Committee:  served on various subcommittees to write final exams, select a textbook, and develop metrics for evaluating teaching effectiveness in college algebra classes
  • Statistics Curriculum and Assessment Committee
  • Math Contest Committee:  Contributed to individual and group examinations and proctored
  • Summer Teaching Rotation Committee

Recent Professional Activities

  • Presented “Counting With Barvinok’s Algorithm” at Agnes Scott College, April 29, 2016.
  • Presented “Virtuous Smoothing for Global Optimization” at the Special Session on Numerical Methods and Scientific Computing of the AMS Sectional Meeting at the University of Georgia March 5-6, 2016 and at the INFORMS Optimization Society Conference at Princeton University, March 17-19, 2016.
  • Published APB v2.5, a Mathematica version of our algebraic perturbation variant of Barvinok’s algorithm, on the Wolfram Library Archive: APB (Algebraic Perturbation Barvinok) v2.5, 12/2015.
  • Participated (with funding) in the workshop “Modern Techniques in Discrete Optimization: Mathematics, Algorithms and Applications” sponsored by the Banff International Research Station at the Casa Matemática Oaxaca in Oaxaca, MX, 11/2015.
  • Participated in the workshop Experimental Algorithms: 14th International Symposium, SEA 2015, Paris, France, 6/2015.
  • Presented “An algebraic-perturbation variant of Barvinok's Algorithm” at an Augusta University Mathematics Department colloquium, 4/2015.  This work was also presented by co-author at the UC Davis Mathematics Department and at the VIII Latin-American Algorithms, Graphs and Optimization Symposium (LAGOS 2015).


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