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Careers in Mathematics

Some of our graduate students have pursued careers in industry - others have enrolled successfully into doctoral programs, or teach at the college level.  Here are some examples:

David Cheedie (2014) is a graduate student at Michigan State University.

Margaret Helmuth (2014) works as a statistician at Arbor Research Collaborative for Health.

Mark Amobi (2014) is a graduate student at Loyola University in Chicago.

Richard Melton (B.S. mathematics major with a minor in physics, 2014) is currently employed as a senior architect for CareEvolution in Ann Arbor and also enrolled in a graduate program at Auburn University in Applied Mathematics.

Yong Swee Meng (2013) is working as a Data Scientist at On Star with General Motors.

Fumie Kawasaki (2013) is a graduate student at the University of Michigan.

Casey Ahlbrandt-Rains (2012) is a graduate student at Albert Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg, Gemany.

Yilan Liu (M.A. Mathematics, 2012) is currently teaching at Florida Gateway College and she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at the University of Florida.

Riley Ellis (M.A. Mathematics, 2014) is a doctoral student in mathematics at the University of Georgia in the field of algebraic geometry.

Tanima Banerjee (2011) is a statistician at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.

Sandy Becker (M.A. Mathematics, 2004) teaches mathematics at EMU and works as a data manager/analyst at the University of Michigan. She previously worked as a research computer specialist (using Maple, LaTeX, and R to support faculty research and teaching).

Dan Taylor (B.A., M.A. Mathematics, 2013) has been working as a scientist at the Michigan Aerospace Corp. in Ann Arbor. His work revolves around mathematical modeling and algorithm development, using Python almost exclusively. Daily he uses advanced tools and techniques that are built upon the foundations he learned as a part of his graduate study at EMU.

Gaber Burnik (2009) earbed a Master’s in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Hubert Miller III (M.A. applied economics, 2008, M.A. mathematics, 2014) intrigued by the beauty and rigor of mathematics he intends to continue his study of the subject with an emphasis on the stochastic nature of economic and financial markets. Hubert is the principal electric and natural gas forecaster at Consumers Energy Company. As the second largest utility in Michigan, Consumers Energy relies on various mathematical models and methods to predict market opportunities and risks. As a forecaster for the utility, Hubert became more intrigued by the beauty and rigor mathematics offered business and intends to continue his study of the subject with an emphasis on the stochastic nature of economic and financial markets.

Shawn Rafalski (B.S. Mathematics, 2001) attended graduate school in Chicago and is now an Associate Professor at Fairfield University in Connecticut. He is the founder and director of the Fairfield Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (funded by the National Science Foundation), which has sponsored summer mathematics research for undergraduates across the country since 2011."

Derek Donner (M.A. Mathematics, 2011) will start working towards a Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics at Indiana University in fall 2014. His interests include analysis, abstract algebra, and optimization theory.

Edward Cruz (M.A. Applied Economics, 2013, B.S. in Actuarial Sciences, 2012) is currently working on a Ph.D. in Statistics and Probability at Michigan State University.

Katie Ballentine (M.A. Mathematics) uses her math skills as an editor at Mathematical Reviews in Ann Arbor.

Roxanne Katus (B.S. Mathematics, 2007, M.A. Mathematics, 2009) has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric, Ocean and Space Science from the University of Michigan and has worked for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Her research is on Space Weather, which is typically defined as the effect of solar radiation on life and technology. This includes magnetospheric dynamics and the motion of high energy radiation. Roxanne was both an undergraduate and graduate student in the mathematics department at EMU. Currently, she is a doing post-doctoral research in the Physics and Astronomy Department at West Virginia University and University of Michigan.

Professional organizations offer information about careers in math

Mathematical Association of America (MAA)

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

American Statistical Association (ASA)

This is Statistics

Society of Actuaries


Additionally, you can earn valuable experience with an internship

Internships in Michigan