Dr. Karel Casteels received his PhD in 2010 from Simon Fraser University in Canada under the supervision of Jason Bell. He obtained a Visiting Assistant Professorship at UCSB where he researched the connections between quantum matrices and combinatorics. He held a Marie Curie Research Fellowship at the University of Kent, United Kingdom from 2013-2015 where he expanded his work to examining other quantum algebras. Since 2015, he has been a Lecturer at UCSB, holding a cross-appointment between the Department of Mathematics and the College of Creative Studies. During the summers, he continues his quantum algebra work with undergraduate students through the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at UCSB.