Tim Riggle - Math and Computer Science
Professor and Department Chair
Mathematics and Computer Science
I grew up in central Ohio and attended Wittenberg University. My Ph.D. is from The Ohio State University where I taught before coming to Baldwin-Wallace in 1968. I have taught in the MBA, Executive MBA , and International MBA programs as well as computer science to freshmen and advanced applied mathematics to undergraduate students. In addition I have had the opportunity to teach MBA students in Brazil and undergraduate students in England.
What have you learned while teaching at B-W?:
I have learned not to judge people too quickly. Many students who appear disinterested or lacking in their high school preparation can quickly blossom into very successful students and upon graduation become very successful at their profession.
What inspired you to get into college teaching?:
My own experience as an undergraduate student at a small liberal arts college. My experience there opened my eyes to the wonderful academic world where it is all about learning. I love to learn new things and this is the perfect job to do that.
Describe the ways in which you mentor students interested in your department:
I try to show students the ways in which they can use their mathematics to make decisions. Many of them go on to graduate work in areas of the decision sciences where mathematical modeling can lead to the solution of very complex problems.
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?:
I would be applying my knowledge of mathematics to important decision areas like quality control, environmental issues or financial planning.
What do students like best about your class?:
They like seeing that mathematics can be used to solve what they would call "real world" problems. These problems would often seem too complex to solve until the mathematics model organizes the data and makes the relationships more apparent. Students who like my class enjoy the thrill of solving these seemingly impossible problems.