Real Math: Four Success Stories Based on Mathematics
Are you a high school senior — or an enthusiastic underclassman or college undergraduate — who likes math? Not quite sure what you can do as a math major? Well, wonder no more! On Tuesday, May 22 at 6:00 pm, come to MoMath and hear from four math majors who took very diverse paths in their highly successful careers. During this open panel discussion, you’ll be encouraged to ask any questions you like of these very accomplished people, everything from how they ended up in the fields they chose to how you might best position yourself to enter that field. From quantum physics to quantitative finance, from cutting edge research to NSA cryptology, from math and computers to winning an Academy Award — don’t miss these compelling stories of success! Plus, the Museum’s lower level exhibits will be open just for you after the event — stick around to mix and mingle with the panelists, to chat with other math fans, and to enjoy the nation’s only Museum of Math. It’s a perfect time to visit, with exams behind you and summer just around the corner — and to hear more about careers in math from these very inspiring people.
Julia Kempe is a mathematician and computer scientist. Her academic research focused on quantum computing while she was a Professor at Tel Aviv University and at the University of Paris. Six years ago, she switched gears and now works in quantitative finance.
Alex Kontorovich is a Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers and currently a von Neumann Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He has a BA in Mathematics from Princeton, a PhD from Columbia, and taught at Brown, Stony Brook, and Yale before moving to Rutgers.
Ken Perlin is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at New York University and the Director of the Future Reality Lab. In 1997, he won an Academy Award for Technical Achievement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his noise and turbulence procedural texturing techniques, which are widely used in feature films and television.
David Saltman is the Director of the Center for Communications Research in Princeton, NJ. Since the 1950s, this Center (part of the IDA, the Institute for Defense Analyses) has performed fundamental research in support of the National Security Agency’s mission in cryptology. David has also participated in several summer programs hosted by IDA’s research centers to resolve really tough problems, sometimes with remarkable success.
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