Meet the Professor

Dr. Del About Craig Hane, Ph.D., aka Dr. Del

Dr. Del is a friendly curmudgeon in his eighth decade who lives in a bungalow in the woods of southern Indiana. Dr Del has taught mathematics at virtually all levels from the very basic to the most advanced required by engineers, scientists and theoretical mathematicians.

However, Dr. Del has learned that virtually all practical everyday math problems can be solved with basic algebra and geometry usually used together.  Dr. Del uses a scientific calculator to remove virtually all the drudgery of calculations.

On some occasions, Dr. Del, in an everyday practical problem, has had to use basic trigonometry, which is just an extension of algebra and geometry in special situations involving triangles.

Dr. Del has taught many people of all ages what is needed to solve practical problems at his kitchen table in one-on-one training sessions.  Indeed, Dr. Del’s Pactical Math Course has been presented as a $5,000 Workshop 3-day workshop to industrial clients to high acclaim.

And now Dr. Del wants to make this valuable knowledge widely available via the Internet at a very affordable price.

Background of Craig Hane aka Dr. Del:

Born in Greencastle, Indiana.

Studied at DePauw University while in high school.  Tutored my fellow students in math and taught trig identities in the trig class.

B.A. Oberlin College, Math and English.  Taught students as a problem session instructor.

Taught high school math at Western Reserve high school in Ohio.

Taught math at DePauw while chairman, Dr. Clint Gass was on sabbatical.

Ph.D. Indiana University, Algebraic Number Theory.  Taught calculus and logic as a teaching associate.

Taught three years at Indiana State University.  Taught all of their advanced theory math.  Became very disappointed in the state of “math education” for high school teachers.

Taught four years at Rose Hulman Institute,  Theory plus calculus and Diff. Eq.

Founded Hane Training and taught technical subjects to adults in many large companies such as Ford, Caterpillar, G.M., State Farm, Navy etc.  Delivered millions of dollars of on-site workshops, and trained many other instructors.  Without exception all of them had to learn more practical math than they already knew.

Discovered that the key to success for most of these subjects was a proper grounding in practical math.  “This is where I really learned how poorly prepared many of our adult workers are in math.  I also learned that almost all of these people are capable of learning practical math when it is presented appropriately”.  A common comment was:  “Why didn’t someone teach me this twenty years ago.  I had no idea math was so easy.”

You may visit to see some of these workshops.  They are mostly technical subjects used by maintenance people in a wide variety of subjects such as electronics, electrical, hydraulics, mechanical power, rigging, PLCs, CNCs, etc.   The common denominator of all of these subjects is practical math.

“I love to teach math, both theoretical and practical.  However, for most people the proper way to begin is with practical math.  Theory should only come later, if ever.

I finally developed a workshop on practical math which has been very successful for the students.  And, this has turned into an online program.  It has been very effective with some home school students.”

Most students can learn all of the algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, plus how to do all their calculations with a scientific calculator (I use the TI 30XA) to solve almost any practical math problem they will ever encounter in any job in about 30 to 50 hours of their time.  Short interactive sessions with lots of focused problems.  Much feedback.

It’s truly amazing.  You almost have to witness it to believe it.  But, it’s true.  It’s like watching a butterfly emerge.

Students go from fear and loathing of math, to enjoying it and practicing it with self confidence.  I have seen this in students from ten years of age to sixty years of age.  Math is easy and fun IF you teach the right things with the right methods.