Andre Furtado

Andre Furtado

Assistant Professor


 Room 1095 FAB

Curriculum vitae

Andre Furtado



 Born in India, acquired a Bachelor's Degre in Chemistry from St. Xavier's College Mumbai, continued with an undergraduate degree in Chemical ans Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and ended up with a Doctoral Degree in Chemical Engineering from the same institution. Left the field to pursue broader academic interests and a strong desire to serve the underprivileged. Joined the Interdisciplinary Studies Program (ISP) at Wayne State serving predominantly adult minority students and veterans.

First assignment was to severe as Faculty Coordinator at Jackson Prison for the first in-house degree program in a prison in Michigan.After a successful three year stint I moved to Main Campus to teach mainly Biology, Bioethics, Energy, Aging and Death and Dying, Computers and Society, and lower level Mathematics with some of these courses conducted in several weekend conference formats.  Served for a time as Interim Associate Dean in the College of Lifelong Learning before it was disbanded. I had extensive experience in bringing minority studenst to success and in student retention, especially in developmental and freshman math classes. I was invited by the Chicano-Borica Studies (CBS) Center to help their students in math and for a time served as Interim Director of the CBS program during a period of  turmoil. The IS program was ultimately moved to Liberal Arts and Science as a Department and was then unfortunately terminated for political reasons.

I was put into the Math Department in view of my experience in bringing adult and and minority students to success in math.  I also have many retention studies that have been distributed internally within the university.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

 Minority and Non-Traditional student retention in lower level Math classes

Creating diverse pedagogical approaches to help our ethnically diverse students to succeed. ( Use of Math rap helps certain student constituencies)



Ph.D (Chemical Engineering

Awards and grants

 Presidential Award for Teaching 1998

College of Lifelong Learning Award for Teaching 2006

Lifelong Contribution Award from Chicano-Boricua Studies

Wrote grant to WSU Technology fund for Instructional Technology Enhancements for Off-Campus sites at Wayne State University funded at the level of $55,000, May 2000

Wrote funded grant to Mich. Dept. of Education for Technology-Enhanced Curriculum Development, Delivery and Student Services to Non-Traditional Students in DCE and ISP ($127,491) July 1999


Selected publications

Furtado, Andre, Linda Lora Hulbert, Julie Thompson Klein, Lisa Maruca, Caroline Maun, Daphne W. Ntiri, Roslyn Abt Schindler, To Educate the People: The Rise and Fall of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Wayne State University. in The Politics of Interdisciplinary Studies, McFarland Publishers, Jefferson, NC. (Fall 2009)

Furtado, A.W. and D. Johnson. “ Education and Rehabilitation in a Prison
Journal of Offender Counseling, Services and Rehabilitation
Vol. 4 (3), Spring 1980

Powers, J., A. Furtado, R. Kent and A. Kwan. “Smoothed Experimental Enthalpy
Data for Four Mixtures: Three Methane-Ethane Binary Mixtures and a Ternary mixture of with Propane",J. Chem. Eng. Data, Vol. 24, No 1, January 1979


Currently teaching

 Mat 0993 Beginning Algebra

Mat 0900 Beginning Algebra for non-Math intensive majors

Courses taught

Courses taught after 1998 and before 2006 in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Computers and Society (GST 2710)
Practical Mathematics (GST 0510)
History and Concepts of Mathematics:An Interdisciplinary Approach (GST 1510)
Math for the Scared- An intuitive approach
Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar (GIS 2030)

Courses Taught Before 1998 in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Aging and Death and Dying
Technology Health and Environment
Energy and Society
Conference on China : History and Culture
Values Technology and Society

Changing Life on Earth: ( Biology Survey Course)
Study Trip to India