From the age of 9 or 10, Dr. Vladimir Dragovic knew he wanted to be a mathematician. His early commitment to his career goes hand in hand with his dedication to encouraging young people who are interested in science and math. Dragovic, who joined the UT Dallas faculty recently as a professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, graduated from, and was later principal of, the prestigious Mathematical Gymnasium (high school) Belgrade, a special school for gifted and talented students of mathematics, physics and informatics located in his native Serbia. In its 40-year history, students from the school have won more than 400 medals at international science competitions, making it one of the top-ranked schools in the world for science and math education. “My experience running a school such as this, with recognized excellence, is something that I believe will contribute to the quality of education at UT Dallas,” Dragovic said.