Dr. Usmanov was born in Andijan, Uzbekistan (former Soviet Union), and received a PhD in Analysis from Tashkent State University in 1985. He moved to the United States in 1999, and earned a second PhD in Ergodic Theory from North Dakota State University in 2006. At Ashford University, he currently teaches undergraduate courses in Combined Algebra, College Algebra, Linear Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Calculus Sequence and Managerial Calculus. His hobbies include reading, music, chess and hiking. His wife, Sofya, is also a mathematician and they have two children who are currently enrolled at Jefferson Elementary in Clinton, IA.