Deborah Brandon, PhD was a professor in the Mathematical Sciences Department at Carnegie Mellon University 1991—2020. She has participated nationally and internationally in dragon boating. She is a mother, an award winning author, and a respected textile artist, as well as a brain injury survivor. Deb is a popular speaker and presents short programs on textiles and raises awareness of brain injury. Her books include But My Brain Had Other Ideas: A Memoir of Recovery from Brain Injury, and Threads Around the World: from Arabian Weaving to Batik in Zimbabwe. Her essays have appeared in several publications, including HandEye Magazine, Weaving Today, Dragonboat International, and Psychology Today.