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Math Conference at Bentley Explores Diverse Career Options in Mathematical Sciences

October 16, 2007


From Hollywood films and computer graphics to the Peace Corps and Homeland security, careers in mathematical sciences go beyond traditional jobs. Undergraduate and high school students are invited to explore a spectrum of mathematical career options at the student conference, Math at Work: Careers in the Mathematical Sciences, on Saturday, October 27, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Bentley College.

Sponsored by the Northeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and Bentley College, the conference will feature a keynote address by Boston University professor Robert L. Devaney, and 26 workshops in various areas relating to mathematics where employment opportunities exist.

"Most people, when they think of majoring in mathematics, think of teaching and maybe actuarial science," says conference chair Karen Schroeder, senior lecturer in Mathematical Sciences at Bentley. "We've certainly included those, but we have workshops in twenty-four other careers as well. We hope that students will leave the conference with a broader outlook as to what they can do with a math major or minor."

Representatives from companies such as Citizens Bank of Massachusetts, Epsilon Data Management, Fidelity Investments, John Hancock, Pratt & Whitney, and Travelers will be among workshop presenters. The program will also include staff from five graduate schools on hand to meet with students.

Keynote speaker Robert L. Devaney is Professor of Mathematics at Boston University. He is the author of more than 100 research and pedagogical papers and the (co)-author or editor of thirteen books in that field.He has delivered more than 1,300 invited lectures on dynamical systems and related topics in all 50 states and in over 30 countries on six continents.His main area of research is dynamical systems.

Devaney has been the "Chaos Consultant" for several theaters' productions of Tom Stoppard's play Arcadia. In 2007, he was the mathematical consultant for the Kevin Spacey movie (tentatively) called Twenty One. He has received numerous awards including the Award for Distinguished University Teaching from the Northeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America, and the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished University Teaching from the Mathematical Association of America.

Before joining Boston University, he taught at Northwestern University and Tufts University. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.

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