UCLA Math has a tradition of involvement in the entire spectrum of mathematical activity from K-12 mathematics to advanced research. The department’s involvement at the pre-collegiate level was significantly shaped by Professor Emeritus Phil Curtis, a UCLA Math professor for over 50 years. In addition to producing pioneering and internationally recognized work in the Banach Algebra during his tenure, Professor Curtis founded the statewide UC/CSU California Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project. The UCLA Site of the CSU/UC Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project (MDTP) provides materials and services to support student readiness and success in secondary and college mathematics courses. All materials and services are provided at no charge.
Professor Curtis continued his pioneering work in K-12 education by establishing the UCLA Visiting High School Teacher Program and the UCLA Joint Mathematics Education Program. Furthermore, he was instrumental in the development of the UCLA Mathematics Project, the UCLA Math Content Program for Teachers, and a program which prepared K-12 students for competitive mathematics exams. He was twice appointed Department Chair and was a leading advocate for departmental involvement in K-12 mathematics activity, establishing six K-12 programs over his many years of service.
Building upon Professor Curtis’ tradition, on June 5, 2007, at the impetus of Chair Christoph Theile and Professor Theodore Gamelin, the UCLA Math Department established the Philip C. Curtis Jr. Center for Mathematics and Teaching.
Professor Phil Curtis passed on December 19, 2016, and we miss him dearly.