National Math Advisory Board


R. James Milgram

R. James Milgram, Ph.D.

R. James Milgram is a professor of mathematics at Stanford University. He is on the board of directors for the National Board for Education Sciences, the NASA Advisory Council, TEDS-M National and International Advisory Boards, and is a member of the Achieve Mathematics Advisory Panel. He is currently helping to direct the development of a web-based national arithmetic test funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and is one of the directors of the new National Comprehensive Center for Instruction. From 2002 to 2005, Professor Milgram headed a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education that identified and described the key mathematics that K-8 teachers need to know. He also helped to direct a project partially funded by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation that evaluated state mathematics assessments. He is one of the four main authors of the California Mathematics Standards, as well as one of the two main authors of the California Mathematics Framework. He is also one of the main authors of the new Michigan and new Georgia mathematics standards. Among other honors, he has held the Gauss Professorship at the University of Goettingen and the Regent's Professorship at the University of New Mexico, and has published over 100 research papers in mathematics and four books, as well as serving as an editor of many others. He currently works on questions in robotics and protein folding. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Minnesota.