Mentor Bios

Eric Bahuaud

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Seattle University

Before joining the Math Department at Seattle U, Eric was a Lecturer at Stanford University, and held visiting postdoctoral positions at MSRI, St. Mary's College of California and l'Université Montpellier II.  He received his PhD in differential geometry from the University of Washington and a B.Sc. in Pure Mathematics from the University of Calgary. In recent years, he has co-organized an undergraduate working group, the Eigenseminar, that teaches undergraduate students the basics of eigenvalue problems for partial differential equations. In his free time, Eric enjoys spending time with his family.


Tyler Ball

Mathematics Professor, Clover Park High School

Tyler is a mathematics teacher at Clover Park High School in Lakewood, WA. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with his BS in Mathematics in 2013. During the summer of 2012, he participated in an REU project with Dr. Tom Edgar and Daniel Juda. Upon graduating, he enrolled in the Masters of Arts in Education program at PLU and graduated from that in 2014. Currently, he is teaching AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Geometry, and AVID 10. He is excited to get the opportunity to continue working with mathematics from a research viewpoint while furthering his career. In his free time, Tyler enjoys trying to learn the guitar, playing ultimate frisbee, and spending time with his fiancé.

Tom Edgar

Associate Professor, Pacific Lutheran University

Before starting this position, Tom earned a PhD at the University of Notre Dame, completed a Masters degree at Colorado State University, and did his undergraduate studies at Dickinson College. He did undergraduate research during the summer of 2001 with a professor at Dickinson. Tom's research is in group theory, representation theory, and combinatorics. He is also an associate editor for the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences and enjoys learning about and playing around with integer sequences - this "recreation" has led to several interesting research projects with and without undergraduates. He has worked on research projects with numerous undergraduates and high school teachers and looks forward to continued collaboration with the next generation of mathematicians. In his free time, Tom enjoys playing with his son and dog as well as hiking, drinking coffee, and traveling.


Dylan Helliwell

Associate Professor of Mathematics, Seattle University

Dylan is an Associate Professor of mathematics at Seattle University, where he has been working for almost 12 years.  Before joining SU, he earned his BS at Harvey Mudd College, and then his PhD at the University of Washington.  Dr. Helliwell has always loved geometry and is especially interested in what happens to geometric ideas when foundational rules are changed. When he is not doing math, Dr. Helliwell can be found spending time with his family or practicing aikido.