Q&A with Ramakanth Ananthoji, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Ramakanth Ananthoji, Assistant Professor of MathematicsQ&A with Ramakanth Ananthoji (ROM-a-kont Ah-non-TOE-gee), Assistant Professor of Mathematics

What first attracted you to study mathematics?

It is a funny story, but when I was a 9-year-old boy, I bought candy from a local store and paid 2 rupees. I only realized that the change I got back after paying was wrong when I returned home. My mother asked me how much I should have gotten back, and that’s when I realized the importance of numbers and money! After that, my interest grew stronger for mathematics.

Where did you get your education? What degrees do you hold? 

University of South Florida (Ph.D. in Chemistry), Osmania University (Masters in Organic Chemistry), Kakatiya University (Masters in Mathematics), IASE (Bachelors in Education), and Loyola Academy (Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Technology)

What do you love about teaching your students at MWCC?

The freedom to teach and ambitious students.

Where else have you taught math?

The University of South Florida and Indira Gandhi Women’s College (India)

Why do you think it’s important that all students have a foundation in math and quantitative reasoning?

Mathematics is used everywhere. It is in almost every science that is out there in this developing era of technology. Mathematics is the science that is the foundation for all sciences. It can be used to combine different areas of science, engineering and information technologies. So having a strong foundation helps students succeed in the respective fields they choose.

Mathematics is the science of numbers that deals with counting, logic, shapes, geometry, quantitative reasoning, algebra, statistics, and many other areas. It is all around us and is used in our daily lives, including mobile devices, money, computers, architecture, engineering, art, statistics, news, and even sports.

How do you guide or mentor a student with excellent math skills?

I show them different ways they will actually be using math in their fields of interest.

How do you help a student who struggles with math or has math phobia?

Math is not at all difficult. I say “nothing is difficult when you understand it. My job is to make you understand math better and I haven’t failed so far in my mission.”  I always encourage my students to ask me questions. Interaction is the first teacher of mathematics.

What can you do with a degree in Mathematics?

A student with a math degree can be one of the following: Mathematician, Financial Planner, Architect, Economist, Investment Analyst, Cryptographer, Statistician, Research Analyst,  Software Developer, Coding Specialist, Professor, and many more.