Dr. John Robeson granted emeritus status after 16 years of service

John Robeson

John Robeson, PhD, was awarded professor emeritus status at the 2018 Mount Mercy University commencement ceremony on May 20 after being a member of the mathematics faculty for 16 years.

John began teaching at Mount Mercy in 2002 after completing his PhD in mathematics from the University of Iowa (his second career). John’s first career included working for Kewanee Boiler Corporation and Amana Appliances as an engineer for nearly 25 years. During that time, he earned several patents and awards for designing microwave ovens and other cooking products.

Teaching has been in John’s blood since graduating from Bradley University with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering. He was assigned to teach math and physics at the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Prep School while he was an officer in the U.S. Navy (1972–75).

During his tenure at MMU, John has been dedicated to student learning and working with faculty. He taught math courses and assisted the business department with planning, implementing, and assessing the actuarial science major. John served as department chair and on key MMU committees. Dedicated to student learning, he has an uncanny ability to answer students’ questions about homework and merge topics with new content, getting students ready for the next assignment without them realizing it.

John volunteers on the Corridor STEM Initiative and directs activities for the high school math competition and American Mathematics Contest (AMC) 8 and AMC 12 middle school and high school math exams.

John is a big fan of the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes and enjoys spending time with his family, biking, hiking, traveling, and reading. He looks forward to spending more time with his wife, Diana, their daughters and spouses, and six grandchildren.

Congratulations, John!

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