Dr. C.P. Abubucker Receives The Evelyn Berry Teacher Of The Year Award For Outstanding Service And Contributions To Paine College

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/5/2015 05:24 AM

Augusta, Ga…Dr. C.P. Abubucker, Professor of Mathematics, received the Evelyn Berry Teacher of the Year Award for outstanding service and for having challenged students to grow in their skills and understanding of mathematics.  The Evelyn Berry award was created to recognize faculty who have completed a minimum of three years of service to the College and have the ability to make material important and relevant to current life.  Dr. Abubucker engages students in critical and creative thinking while challenging them to embrace math.  The Evelyn Berry award comes with a cash gift. 

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College, presented the award to Dr. Abubucker during the Commencement Convocation held Sunday, May 10, 2015 in the Health Education Activities Learning Complex.  

Dr. Abubucker earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics from Farook College in India.  He received two Masters of Science degrees in Mathematics, one each from Calicut University (India) and from the University of Georgia in 1971 and 1982, respectively. After earning his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Georgia in 1984, he joined the Paine College faculty as an assistant professor of Mathematics and was promoted to associate professor in 1991. In 2012, he was appointed a full professor of Mathematics.  

His philosophy is: “Teach the basic concepts well and re-enforce with practice. Let the students explore and discover the rest.  Spoon feeding will help only to recognize the shape of the spoon.  Let the students see the bigger picture.”

Dr. Raul Peters, Chair of the Department of Mathematics, said, “Dr. Abubucker’s mathematics classes are known as challenging and demanding, but students describe him personally as helpful and motivating.  He requires all students to meet with him individually during the first week of the semester to discuss their goals.  Students needing advice or extra assistance throughout the semester are always welcomed in his office, where he keeps a whiteboard to help students with their mathematics problems.  Dr. Abubucker is a thoughtful and purposeful scholar who applies his own knowledge and skills to help students learn and excel.” 

Although faced with heavy teaching loads and other college and community activities, he has found time to engage in research, publish and develop grant opportunities for the College.  Currently, he is engaged in research with the Department of Energy on bioremediation and with the Department of Defense on the Conservation of Information for Intelligent Systems. 

Dr. Abubucker serves on the national research team that leads the Paine College Cybersecurity project that is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration.  The project is funded through a consortium of 13 HBCUs, two national laboratories, and a state public school district.  Paine will receive $1,000,000 over a five-year period.  The Cyber initiative will develop a workforce pipeline in the field of cyber security with Paine students.  Funds will be used for tuition assistance, internships and a summer cyber institute for Paine students.  Dr. Abubucker will help to direct the research and workforce tracks. 

Dr. Abubucker also served as the principal and co-principal investigator for the Minority Science & Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) at Paine College.  The MSEIP produced over $740,000 that benefited the Department of Mathematics and students. 

Dr. Abubucker serves the Augusta community fervently.  He volunteers his time in the local Soup Kitchen and participates in the interfaith activities that are designed to foster better relationships in the community.  He directs the Islamic Speakers Bureau which offers free and interactive presentations that are specifically designed for middle and high school students to complement their study of Islam in the context of World History and Social Studies.  The Islamic Speakers Bureau made several presentations to area schools, churches, and clubs and conducted sensitive training for the Columbia County Sheriff Department.  

 

Dr. Abubucker holds memberships in numerous professional organizations.  He is a member of the Mathematical Association of America.  He has written student guides in Calculus and Linear Algebra using Maple software.  He is co-author of several book chapters. 

For more information about Dr. Abubucker’s research and his engagement with the Paine Cybersecurity initiative, please contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591 or via email: tjwilliams@paine.edu

 

Written by: Helene Carter

About Paine College:

Paine College sits on 64 acres located in the heart of Augusta, Georgia. The Mission of Paine College, a church-related private institution, is to provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development to prepare men and women for positions of leadership and service in the African American community, the nation, and the world.