Nils Ahbel earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago. Following graduate school he worked for 5 years as a product engineer in central Germany doing product development, quality control, research, marketing, and international licensing.
In 1988 he switched careers to become a math teacher. For the past 17 years he has been teaching mathematics at Deerfield Academy also cycling through the positions of Academic Technology Coordinator, Mathematics Department Chair, and Academic Dean. Nils is the holder of the The Class of 1952 Chair in Mathematics at Deerfield.
He is an author of three textbooks for the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project: Advanced Algebra, Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry, and Precalculus and Discrete Mathematics.
Nils has been on countless product development teams for Texas Instruments since 1992 and for the past five years he was the lead math teacher on the product development team for the tablet PC software FluidMath. He currently is writing Algebra curriculum designed to be used with FluidMath on the iPad under a U.S. Department of Education grant.
Nils speaks regularly at national and international conferences including NCTM, North Carolina School of Science and Math, UCSMP, T-Cubed, twice at the Technology for Secondary Mathematics Conference in England, twice at the Emerge Conference in Calgary Canada, and five times at the Teaching, Technology and Learning Institute in Australia.
The schools for which Nils has done consulting and/or presentations include St. Marks (MA), Fenn (MA), Lexington Christian Academy (MA), Salisbury (CT), St. George’s (RI), Bronxville High School (NY), Philips Exeter Academy (NH), Vermont Academy (VT), Flint Hill School (VA), Saint Andrew’s (FL), Metairie Country Day School (LA), and Milken High School (CA).