Professor And Chair Of Mathematics California State University, Fresno
Dr. Amarasinghe’s expertise includes using technology in mathematics teaching and learning; understanding students’ attitudes toward and beliefs about mathematics; and using interdisciplinary tools to teach math. He is the founder and director of Fresno State’s Summer Academy in STEM. Since his arrival in 2000, he has procured more than $13 million in grant funding. He has been the co-principal investigator and faculty adviser for the San Joaquin Valley Mathematics Project since 2001, as well as the team leader for programs such as the Mathematics Teaching Scholar’s program, Integrated Credential Program in Mathematics and Subject Matter Authorization Program in Introductory Mathematics. In August 2018, he was awarded a 2018-19 Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award, and in 2020 was honored with a Wang Award as an Outstanding Faculty Innovator in Student Success.
“Oftentimes, there are students and teachers who’ve never had that opportunity to see, feel and enjoy the beauty of mathematics. It’s such a joy when someone gets that ‘aha!’ moment when they realize mathematics is beautiful and that they had fun engaging in it. I truly fell in love with the work I am doing when I realized that I could bring this joy to people every day.”