Postdoctoral Research Associate, Rice University School Mathematics Project
Mahtob earned her B.S. degree in industrial mathematics at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, where she also gained experience in teaching mathematics. Mahtob pursued her graduate studies at Purdue University and received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics education. She has recently joined Rice University School Mathematics Project team as a postdoctoral research associate in mathematics and science education.
Mahtob’s work has focused on understanding and establishing practical ways to advance mathematical learning and teaching through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) integration. For her dissertation, Mahtob designed different versions of an electronic interactive mathematics storybook about negative and positive numbers’ values within the context of temperature and examined the roles of these versions on students’ interpretations, interactions, and learning progress. In addition, Mahtob has collaborated on different in-school and after-school research and partnership projects to support cross-disciplinary collaboration for integrated STEM curricular development. She has also taught elementary mathematics methods course.
Mahtob has experience in working in projects funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) and will primarily support RUSMP team with NSF-funded projects.
Mahtob and her husband, Mike, enjoy spending their time exploring the city of Houston and Rice campus!