Richard Martino was born a coal miner's grandson in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania.
He attended public grade school then was sent to Catholic high school.
He majored in physics at Penn State because he wanted to understand how nature works.
Physics is the basis of all other sciences and engineering disciplines.
If you understand physics, for example,
then you can understand chemistry or electronics.
Understanding chemistry enables you to understand biology,
Physics can be defined as the mathematical analysis of nature.
That is, physicists observe nature and try to represent what they observe with a mathematical formula.
Mr. Martino had to take so many math courses to support his physics degree that he also received a degree in mathematics.
Finally, he took several courses in computer science because, in his own words, computer science is fun.
Mr. Martino's day job is as a software engineer designing and implementing mathematical algorithms to solve business problems.
When he taught mathematics at St. Petersburg College, he emphasized critical thinking, questioning assumptions and real-life examples.
He will soon (late 2012) get his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with emphasis in finance and management.
He has already been inducted into
Beta Gamma Sigma,
the honorary society of exceptional business students.
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