Math seminar archives
Dr. Steven Seubert of the Department of Mathematics at Bowling Green State University returned to BW in November of 2010 to discuss opportunities for graduate study in mathematics at BGSU. After making a brief mathematical presentation, Dr. Seubert explained the career opportunities available to students with graduate mathematics background, illustrating through the examples of several former BGSU students. He also indicated that his Department would like to recruit more graduate students, and that funding is available for qualified students. A number of BW students have attended graduate school in mathematics at Bowling Green, and Dr. Seubert encouraged current students to apply.
Monty Wesoloski (pictured below) returned to BW in November, 2010 with Megan Casale to discuss actuarial opportunities with Towers Watson.
Dr. John Turnbull of University Hospitals/Case School of Engineering presented "Applied Mathematics in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Epileptic Disorders" in March of 2010. Dr. Turnbull was awarded a B.S. in Computer Science from Cleveland State University (1981), an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from CSU (1987), and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University (2004).
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by repeated seizures in the brain. Modern innovations in medical devices have revolutionized physicians' diagnostic and treatment capabilities. Dr. Turnbull surveyed some of the more important tools available, such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), positron emission tomography (PET), electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG). He also discussed the role that mathematicians, engineers and scientists play in the creation and improvement of these technologies.
Dr. Christian Wypasek '89, of Centerbridge Partners, LLP presented "Applied Mathematics in Risk Analytics and Finance" in October of 2009. After completing his undergraduate work at BW, Dr. Wypasek was awarded an M.S. (1991) and a Ph.D. (1994) in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University. After a Post-Doctoral position at the Center for Research in Scientific Computation at NCSU, Dr. Wypasek entered the risk analytics/finance area working for GE Capital, Wachovia, and Merrill Lynch. He recently joined Centerbridge Partners, a hybrid fund, modeling MBS and ABS collateral.
Dr. Wypasek discussed the many ways in which sophisticated mathematical and statistical tools are used to measure risk. You can see a PDF version of his PowerPoint presentation here.
Peter Thomas, Co-Director of the RIBMS Program, Case Western Reserve University, presented "Mathematics and Biology" in April, 2009. The fields of biology and mathematics are coming together as never before, and Prof. Thomas illustrated this connection using some recent work on malaria. Using nothing more than high school geometry, one of Prof. Thomas' students was able to make contributions to the diagnosis of mutant drug-resistant malaria, as opposed to the naturally occurring type. Also Prof. Thomas outlined some of the types of mathematics being used in malaria research, and gave a description of the complicated life-cycle of this parasite. You can see a PDF version of his PowerPoint presentation here; the .ppt version, which contains the speaker's notes, is here. You can also watch streaming video of Prof. Thomas' talk here.
Patrick McQuillan, a Corporate College Recruiter with Progressive Insurance, spoke in March, 2009 to discuss the many opportunities available at Progressive to students of mathematics. Mr. McQuillan described the benefits that employment at Progressive offers, together with some technical details of the specific positions open to students with strong quantitative skills. Mr. McQuillan concluded his talk by asking the audience to consider two business scenarios whose analysis illustrates the type of critical thinking that a competitive business environment requires. You can see a PDF version of his PowerPoint presentation here.
Jeremy Christman, M.S. (BW, '05) spoke in January, 2009 to discuss his undergraduate and graduate training in statistics together with his current employment at Procter & Gamble. Upon graduation from BW, Jeremy earned a Master's degree in statistics from Ohio State University.
Jeremy first explained his mathematical training both at BW and at OSU. He then indicated what a statistician is and the many career opportunities that the field presents. Finally he described his current work as a Senior Researcher at P & G. You can see a PDF version of his PowerPoint presentation here. You can also watch streaming video of Jeremy's talk here.
Amy Nowacki, Ph.D. (BW, '02) returned to campus in December, 2008 to describe her journey from BW's Mathematics program to her current position with dual responsibilities as a Biostatistician Investigator and Medical Educator at the Cleveland Clinic. After leaving BW, Amy earned a Master's degree in Mathematics from Clemson University, and finally a doctorate in Biostatistics from the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Nowacki first described her mathematical training at the undergraduate, Master's, and doctoral levels. She went on to explain what a biostatistician is and does, and described the excellent career opportunities that the field presents. You can see a PDF version of her PowerPoint presentation here.
Update: Dr. Nowacki returned to BW in January 2009 to give this presentation to a meeting of the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and you can see streaming video of that talk here.
In October, 2008 we were pleased to welcome Prof. Chris Cox of the Clemson University Department of Mathematical Sciences back to BW. Prof. Cox pointed to the unique relationship that BW's Mathematics program has forged with Clemson, with numerous BW Mathematics majors flourishing in mathematical graduate studies at Clemson over many years.
Prof. Cox's slide presentation, available here in PDF format, described Clemson University and its Department of Mathematical Sciences in detail. Clemson specializes in preparing its mathematics graduate students for non-academic employment, and has five mathematical areas of emphasis from which to choose, all of which seek to provide both breadth and depth. Further, Prof. Cox described both Clemson's Master's and Ph.D. Programs in the Mathematical Sciences, and explained that because of substantial tuition waivers combined with financial assistance in the form of assistantships and fellowships, students normally attend graduate school in mathematics at zero net cost! Finally, Prof. Cox gave a sampling of current students and recent graduates from their program, and showed a few slides describing his own research as well.
Monty Wesoloski ASA (BW, '06) (pictured) and Dave Hauer, FSA of the professional services firm Towers Perrin discussed careers in the Actuarial profession during their visit to BW in October, 2008. Monty was graduated from BW with a degree in Mathematics, having passed his first actuarial Exam in May 2005 after completing BW's Mathematical Statistics and Economics courses. Monty served as an intern at Towers Perrin, where in 2006 he accepted a position as an Actuarial Associate.
Monty and Dave's presentation explained what actuaries are, and described the series of exams that serve as the main entryway to the profession. They explained what their organization is looking for in a candidate for an internship or full time position, and indicated what a typical day on the job looks like for them.
(Also see the BW Pre-Actuarial Course of Study.)
Tom Kovacevich '05 returned to BW in September, 2008 to present "Mathematics and Interest Rate Risk Management". Tom was graduated from BW in 2005 with majors in Mathematics, Business (Finance), and Economics, followed by a Master's in Mathematics from Miami University. Since September 2007 he has been an analyst on the Interest Rate Risk team within KeyCorp's Corporate Treasury group. His primary responsibility is the computation, analysis, and communication to management of various interest rate risk measures.
Tom explained the role that advanced mathematics has played in his understanding of economics and finance, and its importance to his present position within KeyCorp's Corporate Treasury Group. He also commented on other areas of finance that call for advanced mathematics. You can see a PDF version of his slide presentation here.