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Elizabeth Kleiman

Dr. Elizabeth Kleiman

Associate Professor of Computer Science
Donnelly 306
ekleiman@mtmercy.edu
319-363-1323 ext. 1289
Dr. Elizabeth Kleiman is co-founder of ExploreU and Associate Professor of Computer Science at Mount Mercy University. She holds a PhD degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Iowa State University. Her research interests are in the area of Cryptography and Parallel Programming. She was involved in the Iowa State High Performance Computing Group and worked on projects supported by the United States Department of Defense, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Cray Inc. Dr. Kleiman has served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Iowa State University. She has earned several grants and awards, specifically the Graduate and Professional Student Senate Peer Teaching Award, Henry Thielman Award for outstanding research by a Master of Science student, Transamerica Foundation STEM grant and the HPC Cluster and STEM Grants from Giacoletto Foundation. She is a finalist of 2015 Women of Innovation Award in Academic Innovation and Leadership category. As an active member of Iowa Undergraduate Computer Science Consortium and IEEE, Dr. Kleiman regularly participates and presents at the regional meetings, and serves as Communication Chair for IEEE Cedar Rapids section. She is heavily involved in STEM initiatives. She has organized and ran the workshops for STEM Open Mind, Open Doors Conference for last several years. Dr. Kleiman also co-organized first Mount Mercy University STEM night event, Mom's Night Out for STEM.

Jitka Stehnova

Dr. Jitka Stehnova

Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies
University of Chicago
stehnova@math.uchicago.edu
773-702-7332
Dr. Jitka Stehnova is co-founder of ExploreU and Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Chicago. She is a former Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Mount Mercy University. She holds a PhD degree in Mathematics from University of Iowa. Prior her time at Mount Mercy University, Dr. Stehnova held a postdoctoral research position at the Oklahoma State University. Dr. Stehnova is the Project NExT Iowa Fellow and has won several teaching and grant awards. She has been awarded the Transamerica Foundation STEM grant, the Mathematical Association of America Tensor Grant for Women in Mathematics, the STEM grant from Giacoletto Foundation and Dr. Eunice Shuytema Beam Travel Grant for Women in Science and Engineering. She is a two-time Mount Mercy University Faculty of the Year Award nominee. She serves as Co-Director of UChicago summer REU extensive research program as well as Co-Director of UChicago STEM outreach Young Scholars Program. Since 2016, she is the Association for Women in Mathematics Representative on the Joint Committee of Women in the Mathematical Sciences. Dr. Stehnova regularly gives talks at the regional and national conferences, including the opening plenary talk for the Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium. She is also heavily involved with STEM initiatives. She has organized and ran the workshops for STEM Open Mind, Open Doors Conference last several years, as well as co-organized first Mount Mercy University STEM night event, Mom's Night Out for STEM.