About the Author

Introduction

W. Charles Paulsen received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and Stanford University respectively. Out of Stanford, he joined the DuPont Company in Wilmington, DE and was soon transferred to the Biomedical Products facility in Newtown, CT where he spent the bulk of his career.

At DuPont, he was a pioneer in the development of the finite element method for stress analysis and introduced computerized numerical methods in manufacturing while helping build a world-class Numerical Control (NC) operation.

He has been teaching mechanical engineering and mathematics courses at colleges and universities in Connecticut since 1969. It was during his appointment at Naugatuck Valley CC in 2008 that he was inspired to write Math Anxiety Relief for Nearly Everyone.

In the Author's Words

Charles Paulsen

"I was born in Detroit and raised in Dearborn, Michigan. The son of a steel trucker. After a rocky start at a community college I got my academic life in order and got a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. I owe much to my professors at Purdue who relieved my early anxiety and made learning enjoyable. I enjoyed my educations so much I was even elected to Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi honor societies. Flushed with a strong foundation I ventured west and received my MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. At that time there was no Silicon Valley, just apricot orchards."

"Right out of Stanford I joined the DuPont Company and moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee along with my new wife. We were then transferred to DuPont's Biomedical Products facility in Newtown, Connecticut where I have lived since 1972 and spent the bulk of my DuPont career. At DuPont I discover an emerging technology called the finite element analysis (FEA) method for mechanical stress analysis and feel I was a pioneer in implementing this fantastic software methodology. I published numerous FEA articles in various professional magazines. I discovered that I enjoyed writing."

"During my DuPont career I started teaching mechanical engineering in the evenings at local colleges and universities. I have been doing this continuously since 1969. It was during my appointment at Naugatuck Valley Community College, in 2008, that I was inspired to write my book Math Anxiety Relief for Nearly Everyone."

"In 1985 DuPont offered its employees a chance for early retirement. I took advantage of the opportunity and became an entrepreneur. My life changed significantly and I have never looked back. I helped start-up two successful engineering software companies after my DuPont retirement. Being "retired" I am now able to devote more time to writing and teaching. My companion book Math Anxiety Relief for Technical People will appeal to STEM students, technicians, scientists, and engineers who want to learn how math and the physical sciences are coupled."

"I am still married to the same woman I met in California back in 1965 and have two grown children and currently two grandchildren who I do my best to spoil. As a member of the Lions Club I try to give back to society as much as I can by participating in their fund raising events."

W. Charles Paulsen

W. Charles Paulsen