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 →

# A Winding Path from Complex Analysis to Computational Biology

by Robert Thurman, Principal Computational Biologist, Seattle Genetics, Bothell, WA ~ Computational biologists come in two types: those who were originally trained mathematically or computationally and then gravitated towards biological problems, and those who were formally trained on the biological side but couldn’t stay away from computers. That generalization is slightly dated, because many colleges... Continue Reading →

# How I became a Data Scientist

by Bolor Turmunkh, PhD, Data Scientist at Uptake Technologies Inc., Chicago, IL ~ First Steps At the beginning of my fifth year of graduate school at the University of Illinois, with thoughts of impending graduation, I started thinking for perhaps the first time in my life about who I wanted to be. I had lived... Continue Reading →

# What I know now that I wish I had known then!

Kristine Jones, PhD – Senior Data and Applied Scientist, Microsoft Opinions expressed are my own and not necessarily those of my employer or any institution that I may be affiliated with. ~ When I was first approached about writing this post, I was asked to try to convey what I know now that I wish... Continue Reading →

# A National Laboratory Internship Experience

**Joey Hart is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Mathematics, North Carolina State University**
I had a very interesting, and on some levels unique, internship experience in the Optimization and Uncertainty Quantiﬁcation Department at Sandia National Laboratories. The origins of my internship came several months before through collaborations with my eventual mentor on another project Bart van Bloemen Waanders. During the 2016-2017 academic year, I was a graduate research fellow in the SAMSI (Statistics and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute) program on optimization. Through this fellowship I began collaborations with several applied mathematicians and computational scientists. Our work led to Bart inviting me to apply for an internship under him in the upcoming summer of 2017, thus the story begins.

# 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 →