Where are you from?
Please describe an experience (or 2) that helped you discover/ cultivate your interest in the mathematical sciences.
I had no intention of majoring in mathematics as an undergrad at Southwestern University until the end of my sophomore year when I could no longer avoid officially declaring a major. My assigned undergrad advisor — who just happened to be the Chair of the Mathematics Department — pointed out that although I’d taken courses in nearly every other department, the only classes I consistently took every semester were in the Math Department. I was reluctant to earn a degree in mathematics because I had no idea what I would do to earn a living with one. My advisor suggested that I attend a MAA/AMS conference to learn about careers in math. At this conference, I met Richard Tapia from Rice University. Professor Tapia invited me to apply for Rice’s summer program for undergrad students in the Department of Computational & Applied Mathematics (CAAM). I discovered during my two summers at Rice that what I truly loved was applied mathematics and returned to Rice after graduating from Southwestern to earn a PhD in CAAM.
What is/are your most proud accomplishment(s) in regards to your career in the mathematical sciences?
I’m most proud of the collective accomplishments of the organization that I lead. My role is to provide resources and remove barriers so that we can address some of the toughest computational challenges and provide actionable insights to the business. I truly work with some of the smartest people in the world, and it is an honor and a privilege to lead them.
What is/are your most proud accomplishment(s) in regards to your personal life?
Without a doubt, raising my two amazing daughters — Madelyn and Lena.
Please share some words of wisdom/inspiration.
The best professional advice I’ve ever received was simply “When your child is sick, go home.” In other words, know what’s most important to you and act accordingly.