James J. Masanz

Hi, I'm an aspiring actuary enrolled in the Actuarial Science Capstone Certificate Program at UW-Madison.

I am also an alum of the Computer Sciences Department of UW-Madison.

Grad school for Computer Science

Here's some information about my grad school experiences.

My graphics professor has some grad school advice online.

Before grad school

Before returning to Madison for grad school, I lived in Minnesota, where I worked first for IBM and then for Insight Software.

Before that, I did my undergraduate work at UW-Madison.

Just after grad school

After I received my Masters degree, I spent a year teaching for the Mathematics Department at UW-Madison.

For the fall 2001 semester I was one of the many instructors for Math 112 - College Algebra.

For the spring 2002 semester, I taught a "discussion" section of Calculus with Algebra and Trigonometry II for the Wisconsin Emerging Scholars (WES) program.


I moved my publications list to a separate page.


From what I have been told, the name Masanz is Bohemian, from the area that today is the Czech Republic.  The name is pronounced something like MAW-sin, and almost rhymes with the names Dawson and Lawson.

My user ID (aranduil) comes from the name of a character I played as part of the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons.  It is a name I created based on some Elvish names in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.  I pronounce Aranduil as uh-RAN-du-ill.  This name never appears in Tolkien's works to my knowledge.

My nickname, to those I played ultimate with, is Beacon.

Other Links

What page is complete without some links... hopefully these are all good, if any are broken, drop me a note.

Teaching related info

Contact information


This page is maintained by James Masanz and was last changed Oct 2, 2019.
It needs to be properly updated though.