Mathematics with a Human Face 

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KAREN MEAGHER Professor

PLOY VIKISET Data Scientist

Canadian Mathematical 

Karen Meagher "In discrete math you often have very easy to state problems that are quite difficult to solve. What I like to do is to take these and phrase them in a different way and try to use algebra to solve them. " 
PLOY VIKISET "I love math and I was curious about what can we do you with mathematics in the business area. When I learned about actuarial science I knew this would help with my curiosity."

IREN DARIJANI Postdoctoral Fellow


DANNY DYER Professor

Women in Mathematics 
SADEGHEH HAGHSHENAS Postdoctoral Associate:



"In my own research, I am interested in cops chasing robbers in graphs, as well as graphs that come from board games." 
HEATHER VOOYS Machine Learning Developer

SADEGHEH HAGHSHENAS I’ve been working on projects that use machine learning and statistical models to classify patients with rare genetic disorders.


Guide for Women in Mathematics: History, Scholarships, and Career Potential. 
Studying mathematics in college was a revelation. It was so much more than the algebra and precalculus we learned in high school. It was exhilarating to learn new mathematical techniques. 
LUCY CAMPBELL Mathematician

ANTHONY BONATO


243 women mathematicians from 36 different countries.


PAULINA CHIN

I’m a believer in following your passion, and mathematics was mine since I was a teenager. As an openly gay man, I’ve experienced barriers and discrimination because of my identity inside and outside the academy, and one of my goals is to help make math more inclusive. 
JEREMY LANE


KSENIYA GARASCHUK "In my teaching practice, I use different methods and approaches to get my students personally involved in developing mathematics. My main objective is to break the barrier of senseless formulas and memorized information and instead teach my students to make sense of math or any discipline they are in." 
PAUL TUPPER

PETRA AXOLOTL

PAULINA CHIN "Although some might think of programming as a solitary activity, my job actually requires a lot of teamwork with fellow mathematicians, computer scientists and engineers." 
JEREMY LANE "I remember being struck in linear algebra class by how powerful and elegant mathematics could be: with the right rules in hand, one could prove very general facts about matrices with only a couple symbols. Abstraction felt natural and really appealed to me. " 

KSENIYA GARASCHUK

PETRA AXOLOTL "What really interests me is to solve problems for which there are no existing solutions and which involves creative mathematical modeling. " 
So I switched fields to the mathematics of human cognition. I have not regretted it yet." 
REBECCA MILLEY


JOY MORRIS

REBECCA MILLEY " I fell in love with pure math, and decided I wanted a career in academia. I am grateful every day to have a job that I enjoy and am good at." 
DAVID MORGAN "I always enjoyed studying mathematics in high school, especially problemsolving and math competitions. It just came naturally to me, and was fun." 
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"One of the more interesting things I started hearing from parents recently was a sense of helplessness: that they did not have access to the skills or resources they needed to help their children when their children needed help with math homework." 
LAURA MORRISON

DAVID Morgan Privacy Consulting

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LAURA MORRISON "I believe that a strong foundation in mathematics can help people succeed in many careers even if the connection to mathematics may not be obvious at the surface level as the skills acquired are highly transferable." 
JEREMY BELL George & Bell Consulting

MARK LEWIS "I’m the happiest when I’m working on an applied biological problem where mathematics plays a key role. " 
SARAH Associate Professor


Teacher 
JEREMY BELL "I rely heavily on my numeracy: I review reports that include a fair amount of calculations and I need to be able to identify errors and understand the key outcomes and conclusions quickly, and at times on the fly during meetings and negotiations." 
CHRISTINE

SARAH PLOSKER "During my BSc, I was doing very well in one math course in particular, and the prof asked me if I had ever thought about being a professor. ... I hadn’t up until that point actually considered it as a career."


MAXWELL HARTT "Mathematics has been the seed at the heart of all my career choices. A strong mathematical foundation has countless applications." 
ILONA VASHCHYSHYN "...in my opinion, [teaching math is] one of the most interesting jobs in the world, not only because it involves the challenge of creating opportunities for students to explore and appreciate a subject that I love, but also because ...." 
VESELIN Teaching Professor

CHRISTINE SELINGER "The problemsolving skills I learned as a part of my mathematical education are something I have been able to apply in every aspect of my career, and the combination of Math, English and Education allow me to analyze problems from many different angles." 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow 

Thinking of a Career in Applied Mathematics? 
Mathematician 

"My mother tried to convince me to become a medical doctor, my father thought that I would be an excellent engineer, but I followed my heart and decided to study mathematics." 


Professor of Mathematics 
MAVIS 
ANDREW POELSTRA "... I encountered the cypherpunk movement, 
FLORENCE 
ANIL "Math brings you credibility no matter where you go or work in life. It develops your faculties more than any other discipline." 

MICHAEL LAMOUREUX "I had a hard time choosing between physics, engineering and other sciences. I discovered that mathematics was a common theme that tied all of these subjects together." 
MAVIS MATHESON "Mathematics keeps my mind active and engaged even though my body needs a wheel chair to get around and a machine to breathe at night" 
FLORENCE GLANFIELD "What the mathematics degree has offered me is the possibilities of seeing the relationships among mathematical concepts and understanding the ways in which ideas intersect." 
ANIL Health Policy Research Director 

RICHARD HOSHINO Senior Project Officer 
JANE SCHUDEL "I have found that my studies in mathematics have imposed a discipline that helps in music."

JANE SCHUDEL Musician

Early Career Profiles 
BRIAN ALSPACH "I believe the future growth of mathematics, as a discipline will benefit greatly from people in business and industry asking for more mathematics students."


RICHARD HOSHINO "My passion to contribute mathematically has always been broader than just research. "

DAVIDSON HEATH Risk Analyst 
DAVIDSON HEATH "Math, to me, is a field more creative and imaginative than any other." 
BRIGITTE JAUMARD Optimization 

NATHALIE SINCLAIR "What I enjoy about math is seeing and finding patterns and structures ... making connections and analogies ... creating mathematical objects..." 
BRIAN ALSPACH


DARIUS
NAQVI
"The logical thinking and ability to construct proofs that one learns in studying mathematics has come in very handy for me 
ANDREA FROSSARD Actuary 
BRIGITTE JAUMARD "For me, mathematics is a working tool ..., a tool that allows me to explore new domains ... as long as the problem is posed in a relatively clear and understandable fashion." 
NATHALIE Mathematics 
JOHN FYFE "In recent years I have taken a keen interest in the analysis of nonlinear structure in climate data... Mathematics and statistics are essential in my area of research." 
HOUBEN
HUANG
"Our daily job is to quantify the market and credit risk arising from daily business across the whole firm (TD Bank) by using sophisticated mathematics." 

DARIUS NAQVI System Development 
ANDREA FROSSARD
"My job as an actuary allow me the ability to apply mathematical skills to business problems... 
GORDON ROBINSON Consulting Firm 
Mathematical Moments 
JOHN FYFE 
HOUBEN HUANG Quantative Analysis 

DAN BURTON Information Technology 
GORDON ROBINSON "The study of mathematics requires a discipline and a rigour that can be carried over into many situations to achieve a solid understanding and develop sound and logical solutions to problems. 
Career Profiles 
MARIA RATCHEVA
"I fell in love with mathematics when I was twelve years old. I do everything that I can to apply mathematical methods towards human benefits." 
BRUCE BAUSLAUGH eLearning 
Interviews with mathematicians in Britain 
KRISTA GHANEKA Information Technology 

DOUG ELLIOTT Consultant

DAN
BURTON
"I've always believed that the discipline required to study advanced mathematics shaped the way I approach problems and..." 
MARIA RATCHEVA eBusiness 
BRUCE BAUSLAUGH "...my interest in mathematics has always been combined with an interest in computer science." 
KRISTA GHANEKA "I have been working in the industry for eight years and believe strongly that my math background has more than prepared me for success in the computer industry." 


DOUG ELLIOT "I proudly call myself a 'number cruncher' at conferences and workshops at which I am asked to speak." 
JOHN HANSON Biostatistician 

JOHN WIPF

GEORGE MARSHALL "My mathematics degree has provided me with an ability to tackle complex problems in a logical and highly precise manner." 

MICHELE HENGEN


JOHN HANSON "I collaborate and consult with clinicians, basic scientists, epidemologists, and behavioural scientists" 

CINDY KNUDSEN "I have always had a love for mathematics, but at first I didn't want to undertake a math degree because I wasn't sure what employment options were available." 
GEORGE MARSHALL Research Officer 
JOHN WIPF "I provide technical assistance to cooperative and microinsurance schemes in the Philippines, Indonesia, Ghana, and soon to include..." 

MICHELLE HENGEN "You never know what possibilities are out there. If you love math, then go for it" 
Careers 

CINDY KNUDSEN Management Science 
DWAYNE MOTT "Much of the work I do is analytical in trying to predict trends and look for ways to improve our business and what we deliver to our clients." 

Canadian Mathematical Society 


DWAYNE MOTT Entrepreneur 
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