Students, faculty, staff and community members mourn the passing of Foothill College Math Instructor Ion Georgiou, Ph.D., who passed away April 3. Ion touched the lives of thousands of students and inspired all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his Foothill family. We extend our deepest condolences to his loved ones.
All are welcome to attend the services celebrating the life of Ion Georgiou Friday, April 11, at 11 a.m. at Los Gatos Memorial Park, 2255 Los Gatos-Almaden Road, in San Jose. May these services provide us with the opportunity to gather together and share the stories that will always bring smiles and admiration with every retelling.
Dr. Georgiou earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics and minor in physics (suma cum lade) from Eastern Illinois University in 1991; an M.S. in mathematics from Illinois University at Champaign-Urbana in 1993; and doctorate degree in mathematics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2000. Before joining Foothill College in 2004, he was a part-time instructor at Santa Clara University. Prior to that, he worked in industry as a workforce management optimization specialist and helped more than 160 companies use mathematical models to better match supply and demand.
A popular mathematics instructor and faculty leader, Dr. Georgiou taught a variety of math courses, including honors classes, and was recently named one of two principal faculty investigators responsible for implementing a five-year grant awarded to Foothill College by the National Science Foundation. Foothill College was one of just 22 two- and four-year colleges from across the nation to receive the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) grant last year. The $900,000 grant is being used to fund Foothill's innovative STEMWay Program, which is a comprehensive, beyond-the-classroom academic support program designed to increase the graduation rates of science, technology, engineering and mathematics—also called STEM—students at two-year colleges and universities. Foothill College Math Instructor Lori Silverman, Ph.D., also serves as the grant's principal faculty investigator.
STEMWay combines four key elements that are consistent with recent research on STEM student success: academic support services that closely parallel STEM courses and pathways; analytical management to enable comprehensive support with limited resources; comprehensive mentoring services for progressive student success within an active learning community; and continual involvement by all STEM faculty members for collaborative improvement. A major goal of the project is share best instructional practices, research and findings from Foothill College with college and university faculty and other STEM professionals at special sessions of national meetings of professional societies.
Dr. Georgiou was committed to increasing Foothill College students' STEM literacy, their knowledge, skills set and marketability. He felt strongly that STEM literacy has far-reaching benefits for local communities and local economies.