Michael Marder has been the Co-Director of UTeach since 1998. He has overseen its growth from a pilot with less than 50 students to a fully fledged collaboration between the Colleges of Natural Sciences and Education serving more than 500 students and preparing 60-80 secondary mathematics and science teachers each year. He has also participated in the expansion of UTeach since to more than 40 universities across the US, and currently serves as the Executive Director of the UTeach Science Program, overseeing all aspects of UTeach operations.
Marder arrived at UT Austin in 1988 as an Assistant Professor of Physics. He was promoted to Associate and then full Professor based upon his theoretical, numerical, and experimental studies of the physics of fracture. His current research focuses upon the rupture of rubber and hydro-fracturing of shales.
Interesting Note: Apart from physics and the preparation of teachers, my interests include violin, and assisting my wife with archaeological projects.