Donald Platte, Ph.D. Summary Autobiography
Donald Platte received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Michigan State University. He has undergraduate degrees in both Mathematics and Physics from Aquinas College. Dr. Platte is a full professor of Mathematics and Information Technology. His recent teaching duties include Calculus III, Advanced Calculus, College Algebra, Networks, and Computer Operations.
He is a member of the Mathematics Association of America and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He has served as Second and First Vice Chairman, and Chairman of the Allegheny Mountain Section of the MAA. He has been a member of several nomination committees and By-Laws committees of the Allegheny Mountain Section. His most current duty was as a Coordinator for Short Courses the Section. From 2002-2005 he was on the Governing Board of Trustees for the MAA representing the Allegheny Mountain Section of MAA. In 2006 he completed 40 years as a member of the MAA. At the 2008 spring meeting of the Allegheny Mountain Section Don received the section service award.
Don has served on four Pennsylvania Department of Education Evaluation Teams. He has been an evaluator for proposals of the Instructional Scientific Equipment Program of the NSF. In 1989 he served on a Middle States Evaluation Team for Hofstra University. He has consulted locally on mathematics, computer science and mathematics education.
Don has served on several universities committees including Faculty Policies Committee (pre Faculty Senate) and Rank and Tenure. He has chaired the department for three separate time periods and chaired the Division of Natural Sciences twice. During this time the department grew from 1.5 members to 7 members. In 1981 a degree in Management Information Systems (now Information Technology) was added to the department.
In February of 2000 Don was recognized as a fifteen-gallon Erie County Community Blood Bank Donor. He has donated over 18 gallons. Unfortunately he can no longer donate. He hopes others will take up the cause in his place.