The NCSU SIAM student chapter will be hosting a Mathematics in Industry seminar on April 29 at 2PM. Our speakers will be Andrea Klaiber-Langen and Vakhtang Putkaradze from ATCO.
Title: The Role of PhDs in Industry
Abstract: Congratulations, you are graduating with a PhD! You have done fantastic work in your thesis and are ready to take on the world. What is going to happen now? Should you go to industry or academia? You probably heard a lot about both job choices. In this lecture, the speakers, Andrea Klaiber-Langen and Vakhtang Putkaradze, VPs of Transformation in ATCO, will present some insights related to the role of PhDs in industry from their own experience in the ATCO transformation team. Most of the lecture will be dedicated to a free discussion which, we hope, will dispel some myths and misunderstandings about what the employment in industry is like. The speakers will also share thoughts on what a good way to prepare for a successful career will be for those who are interested in this choice.
The SIAM student chapter is hosting a machine learning workshop that will be led by Dylan Bates at 2 PM on April 22, 2021.
Title: Machine Learning: My First Neural Networks
Abstract: Machine learning has blown up in popularity in the past decade, with applications from healthcare to self-driving cars, being used to create art, play video games, and act as customer service representatives. One of the most common and useful tools for these applications are neural networks: universal function approximators. This interactive workshop is meant for people with little or no machine learning experience, and is split into three parts: classification, convolutions, and autoencoders, and will cover all of the necessary mathematical background to get your first neural networks up and running. We will be using the popular MNIST dataset as a starting point for your own future research with machine learning tools. Consider this an ad for Dr. Flores and Dr. Tran’s Applications of Machine Learning class in the Fall.
No experience with AI is required, but it helps if you’ve used Python before, and a background in calculus and linear algebra is helpful.
Slides and Interactive Code: https://github.com/dwgb93/SIAM-Neural-Nets
The SIAM student chapter is hosting a Mathematics in Industry seminar at 2 PM on April 15, 2021. Our speaker is Dustin Kapraun.
Abstract: Dustin Kapraun attained degrees in mathematics (B.S., 1998), physics (M.S., 2002), and applied mathematics (Ph.D., 2014), all from North Carolina State University. After finishing the Ph.D., he completed two postdoctoral research appointments at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Center for Computational Toxicology, during which he developed physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models for human pregnancy and data mining methods for identifying prevalent combinations of chemicals in humans. In 2017, Dr. Kapraun joined the EPA National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) as a Physical Scientist specializing in PBPK modeling for chemical risk assessment applications. He currently works at the EPA Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment (CPHEA), where he continues to develop and apply PBPK and other mathematical and statistical models to support chemical risk assessments and serves as a Co-Chair of the CPHEA Pharmacokinetics Workgroup (PKWG). Dr. Kapraun still has a passion for education, which he satisfies by mentoring postdoctoral researchers in quantitative risk assessment methods and leading workshops and training sessions on PBPK modeling and related topics. In this talk, Dr. Kapraun will describe a variety of interesting problems he has encountered during his time at EPA and how he and his colleagues have applied mathematical and computational methods to generate solutions.
The SIAM student chapter is hosting a Mathematics in Industry seminar at 2 PM on March 18, 2021. Our speaker is Tracie Ellis.
Join Tracie Ellis, Vice President Business Analytics at Bandwidth, for an informal discussion about her team’s role in creating a data-driven culture at Bandwidth, a software/telecommunications company on Centennial Campus. Tracie will share a bit of background about the company, their data evolution and the qualifications and experience of the Analytics team members that support the company’s data infrastructure
The SIAM student chapter is hosting a Mathematics in Industry Seminar on February 11, 2021 from 2 to 3 PM. Immediately afterwards, we hosting an Internship Panel with the MGSA.
Mathematics in Industry Seminar
Speaker: Dr. Hailey Owen
Title: Journey into Industry
How I got to SAS:
I began a year round internship at SAS, in my current department, in April of 2017, my 3rd year in the PhD program. I looked for internships, after completing my qualifying exams, that complimented my history of teaching and love for analytics.
What do I do?
I work in EVAAS at SAS. We use K-12 standardized tests to assess and predict student performance. We use multiple models, usually gain based models and regression based models, to create measures that assist educators and policymakers in making decisions regarding schooling practices.
The NCSU chapters of SIAM and MGSA are very excited to announce our upcoming event, the “Math Internship Presentation and Panel” which will take place Thursday, February 11th at 3:00pm. The goal of this event is to answer questions about math internships coming from those currently in the application process for math internships, as well as those looking to apply in the future. Our panelists have a diverse background in varying different types of internships, including positions at Sandia National Labs and the US Air Force Research Lab. The target audience for this event is both undergraduate and graduate math majors/graduate students interested in applying to a math internship, either now or at any time in the future. You do not need to be a member of SIAM or MGSA to participate.