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Jason Williford

Jason was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but spent most of his childhood years in Knoxville.  He received his Bachelor's degree from University of Pennsylvania, and his PhD from University of Delaware, where he also met and married his wife, Cynthia.  After matriculating, he had two post-doctoral positions: one at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he learned about association schemes, and the other at University of Colorado Denver where he learned more finite geometry.  His interests center around the interplay between algebra and combinatorics, specifically association schemes, finite geometry and extremal graph theory.  His pastimes include playing games with his son, Jaedon, and building blocks and eating pretend food with his daughter, Cadence. Jason also enjoys watching professional tennis, reading movie trivia, listening to "oldies" and playing games of strategy. He has been an assistant professor at University of Wyoming since 2009.

Tyrrell McAllister

Tyrrell was born and raised in the wine country of Northern California.  He received a BA and PhD in mathematics from the University of California, Davis.  In 2009, after a couple of post-docs in the Netherlands and Germany, he moved to Wyoming, where he has pursued his interests in geometry, combinatorics, algebra.  His non-mathematical interests include hiking, snowshoeing, and pondering the usual puzzles of human existence.

Greg Lyng

Greg grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana (the one-time magnet wire capital of the world) and received his BA from St. Olaf College and his PhD from Indiana University. After a post-doc at the University of Michigan, he came to Wyoming in 2005. His mathematical interests mostly center around partial differential equations, and he has an abiding affection for all things calculus. Outside of mathematics, Greg enjoys alpine skiing, puzzling over the New York Times crossword puzzle, drinking good coffee, and passionately following the (mis)fortunes of the Indiana University men's basketball team.

Bryan Shader

Bryan was born and raised in Laramie, and did his undergraduate at UW.  He received his MS and PhD at the other UW (the one in Madison, Wisconsin). His mathematical interests concern the use of combinatorics in matrix theory, and the use of matrix theory in combinatorics. His leisure time is spent with his daughter and wife, and occasionally on his woodcarving.

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