The William H. and Frances S. Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching
2013 Ryan Award Recipient
John F. Mackey
Teaching Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences
John F. Mackey barely graduated from high school, and went to a state college that was required to take all Ohio graduates. He did extraordinarily well, but decided to go to the University of Hawaii to learn more about Polynesian and Asian culture, as well as to learn surfing and develop a deeper understanding of math. Although people said he would never get a job, he was able to secure a John Wesley Young instructorship at Dartmouth, where he taught for four years. He moved on to be a preceptor of math at Harvard from 2000-2003. Needing bigger challenges and cheaper real estate, he moved to Pittsburgh, Pa, to see how many John Nashes could be produced at CMU during his career.