StaffNancy Griffeth

Workshop Director
Nancy Griffeth
Professor of Computer Science

I have been teaching at Lehman College and the CUNY Graduate Center for 9 years, since 2003.  My research specialty when I arrived was Computer Networks and I still teach Computer Networks as often as I can.  I am now collaborating with Prof. Stephen Redenti, a biologist at Lehman, on a computational biology project to simulate migrating cells. We have recently introduced computational biology courses and a new minor in Quantitative and Systems Biology at Lehman.

I have also participated in the Writing Across the Curriculum program at Lehman and have adapted the Discrete Math, Computer Programming, and Introduction to Networks to emphasize reading and writing skills (of the technical variety).

I received a B.A. in mathematics from Harvard College in 1967 and a Ph.D. in information science from the University of Chicago in 1978.

I have two children and three grandchildren, one just arrived; my favorite music is ragtime; and my husband and I like to explore park areas and museums in the New Jersey and New York areas. Our favorite park is the High Line; our favorite museum is the Ruth Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers.

email: nancy.griffeth at
telephone: 718-960-8787

Street address:
Lehman College
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Gillet 232
250 Bedford Park Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10468

Distinguished VisitorFlavio Fenton

Flavio Fenton
Georgia Tech

Flavio Fenton will be giving lectures and running labs during the second week of the workshop.

email: flavio.fenton at

Workshop Staff

Aron Wolinetz
Ph.D. Candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center

My name is Aron Wolinetz. After studying and working in real estate for a number of years, my passion for Math and Science led me to return to school. I am currently a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the Graduate Center. My current research involves coding and parallelizing algorithms to work on the CUDA architecture. I am married, have a one-year-old child, a three-year-old child, and a fluffy dog. I enjoy playing ice hockey, listening to Linkin Park, and reading or watching science fiction. I look forward to one day sharing my passion for math and science as a professor.

Email: aronw26 at

Charles BeardCharles Beard
Lehman College graduate

My name is Charles Beard, and for as long as I can remember I have always had a passion for building, creating, discovery, problem solving, and learning which is why computer science was the perfect fit. I have earned a dual undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Mathematics at Lehman College, City University of New York (CUNY). I have worked on and currently work on a variety of projects in industry as well as those that are academic. Most of the research I do, involves parallel programming, for computational speedups and efficiency of linear systems. I'm very interested in research that combines a multitude of different fields/backgrounds, which is why I'm participating in this program. However, I have other interests such as snowboarding, hiking, chess, cooking, and more. I plan to pursue a graduate program in the future, with the hopes of stepping off the trail and going into the back-country of computer science.

Email: clb.charlesb at

Rachel Spratt
Lehman College graduate, 2012 workshop attendee

I have a BA degree in biology from Swarthmore College, and I just graduated from Lehman College with a BA in mathematics, where I amcurrently enjoying working as a research assistant for Professor Griffeth in the math and computer science departments. I am currently applying toRachel Sprattgrad school in computational science. I live nearby so I am one of the lucky few who can walk to school.

Email: rachelspratt at