Richard A. Zang

Emeritus Associate Professor of Mathematics

UNH Manchester

Profile

Dr. Zang is an Emeritus Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of New Hampshire, where he retired in 2016 after more than 22 years of service. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Zang worked for 12 years in corporate America as a research scientist at the IBM Glendale Lab Research and Development Center, working on magnetic bubble memory, and then at the David Sarnoff Research Center (a.k.a. the RCA Princeton Labs) working in artificial intelligence. Having been a much sought after personality on the lecture circuit, Dr. Zang was the keynote speaker at the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and numerous Math Days at various schools throughout the region. He was a regular presenter at State, regional, and national conferences, both in mathematics and mathematics education. In keeping with his interest in the dynamics of professional development, Dr. Zang has conducted numerous workshops for K-12 teachers in math and science. He served a three-year term on the Candia, NH School Board, representing the district at the Delegate Assembly of the NH School Boards Association. He also served two terms on the board of directors of SERESC (Southeastern Regional Education Service Center), an educational collaborative serving 25,000 students as well as 2,000 teachers and administrators in 40 schools in Southeastern New Hampshire. For 17 years, until his retirement, Dr. Zang served on the Engineering Advisory Board at NHTI (New Hampshire Technical Institute). Some of his honors and awards include the Educator of the Year Award by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce – the first college professor to achieve this honor – the Volunteer Partnership Award by the Salvation Army in Manchester for his work with at-risk youth, and he was the first-ever recipient of the Dean's Award at the University’s urban campus in Manchester, for outstanding service to the community and the college. Dr. Zang was named an Outreach Scholar at the University – one of 16 professors chosen by the Vice President’s Office for UNH’s inaugural Community Outreach Program – for his community outreach and scholarly work with at-risk youth. During his tenure with the university, Professor Zang taught undergraduate courses in mathematics for the Mathematics Department at UNH’s urban campus in Manchester, as well as graduate courses in mathematics and mathematics education for the Mathematics & Statistics Department at the main campus in Durham.

Education

  • Ed.D., Mathematics Education, Rutgers University
  • Visiting Fellow, Psychology (Neuropsychology) & Philosophy (Epistemology) Departments, Princeton University
  • M.A., Mathematics, Binghamton University: State University of New York
  • B.T., Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, Binghamton University: State University of New York