by: Anusha Sekar The story of my career begins at the midpoint of my graduate studies. After earning my master’s in mathematics from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, I moved to the University of Washington (UW) to complete my Ph.D. I was working on my thesis in 2006 when my advisor, Kenneth... Continue Reading →

# SIAM News – Ex Numeris: Confessions of a Common Mathematician (with apologies to Anne Fadiman)

By Kevin Gillette I am a common mathematician, thoroughly mathematical by training, temperament, and trade. I’ve trod weary footpaths through numerous industrial sectors, plying my skills in areas as diverse as banking, transportation, telecommunications, retail, and even venture capital. My appetite for mathematical application is quite ecumenical; although I focus on optimization and discrete mathematics, I... Continue Reading →

# Inside Out: A Value-Based Approach to Industry Job Hunting

Dr. Vrushali Bokil, Professor, Mathematics Department, Oregon State University ~ Students looking for jobs in industry are often advised to develop soft skills, effective communication abilities, cross-disciplinary collaborative techniques, and interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary training. What jobseekers do not typically hear about is the need to understand who they are, what they want, and their core values, strengths, and... Continue Reading →

# From Set Theory To Self-Driving Cars

By Zachariah Tyree, PhD (Research Scientist at General Motors R&D) ~ I have a PhD in Pure Mathematics. A common sentiment within this field is that Pure Mathematics sits somewhere above Applied Mathematics and quite a distance above other scientific disciplines. The ranking is even implicit in the name “Pure Mathematics”, as opposed to “Adulterated... Continue Reading →

# Mathematicians are Needed in Industry

At this point in my career, I have worked at a number of organizations, usually technology companies with military contracts. I am convinced that mathematicians strengthen organizations, and sometimes make revolutionary changes, often in small ways that are not celebrated as often as they should. My ﬁrst job was at the Center for Naval Analysis... Continue Reading →

# Threefold advice: making the jump from geometric group theorist to computer vision specialist

by Lucas Sabalka ~ I began my mathematical career as a research mathematician, but now I work in industry even though my degree is not in an applied area. With so few academic jobs available recently, transitioning to industry is becoming more common for mathematics PhDs. So to help any mathematicians thinking about that transition,... Continue Reading →