Hello! My name is Dr. Piotr Mikusinski and I am a Professor in the Department of Mathematics. I was born, raised, and educated in Poland. (The picture below was taken in the Tatra mountains in Poland when I was six years old. My mother and my grandfather are trying to keep up with me.)
In 1983 I left Poland and joined the faculty of the Mathematics Department of the University of California at Santa Barbara as a visiting lecturer. I had my first teaching experience there. While I was not well prepared for it, I quickly realized that I really liked teaching and interacting with students. (The picture below shows me with groceries in La Cumbre Plaza in Santa Barbara.)
In 1985 I moved to Orlando to join the UCF Mathematics Department as an assistant professor. At UCF I have taught a variety of courses from the introductory level to specialized courses for our doctoral students. I have also been involved in mathematics research as well as in administrative roles. (The drawing below was given to me by one of my students in a large college algebra class.)
Most of my research work is in mathematical analysis. This area of mathematics is related to calculus. While we consider ideas that go far beyond what is discussed in calculus, the fundamental ideas of mathematical analysis are introduced in the first calculus course. If you are interested to find more about my research you can take a look at my list of publications. On that list you will noticed I have published a number of textbooks, including An Introduction to Analysis and A Bridge to Linear Algebra.