# WPI REU in Industrial Mathematics and Statistics Alumni

The REU program at WPI creates lasting relationships between its participants. After spending an intense 8 weeks living and working together, they become almost like a family. We at WPI are proud of all of our family members and would like to give you a glimpse of their work and accomplishments.

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### Ane Coughlin

- 1999: Graduated from Bates College with B.S. in mathematics
- 2001: Graduated from Boston College with M.S. in mathematics
- Currently teaching math in Braintree High School, Braintree MA

### Kristin Duncan

- May 1999: graduated from University of Dayton with B.S. in mathematics
- Summer 2000: won ASA Student Paper Competition
- June 2001: graduated from Ohio State University with M.S. in statistics
- Summer 2001, 2002: REU assistant for biostatistics at Ohio State University
- August 2002: married
- Currently working on Ph.D. in statistics at Ohio State University

### Ellen Phifer

- Completed M.S. in Applied Math at U. of Delaware
- Now working in defense industry

### Jonathan Van Haste

- 1999: graduated from Calvin College with a B.S. in mathematics
- 2001: graduated from Mont Clair University with M.S. in statistics
- Currently works at AC Nilson, a market research firm

### Brian Ball

- Summer 1999: REU Assistant
- May 2001: graduated from WPI in Mathematics and Physics
- Currently pursuing graduate studies at North Carolina State University in Computational and Applied Mathematics
- Adopted a dog named Zoe

### Chris Shane

- May 2000: graduated from Kansas State University with B.S. in Mathematics
- December 2002: graduated from Kansas State University with M.S. in Mathematics
- Currently Actuary for Lafayette Life Insurance, Indiana

### Sarah Winnie

- 2000: graduated from Hamilton College with B.A in Mathematics
- 2002: graduated from University of East Anglia (England) with M.Sc. in environmental sciences (math modeling concentration)

### Brooke Andersen, REU 2000

- January 2001: presented at AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meeting in New Orleans
- Summer 2001: attended summer institute at Carnegie Mellon University
- 2002: graduated from Centre College in Mathematics
- Currently teaching math at Lexington High School, Lexington MA

### Michael Escovitz, REU 2000

### Ed De Guzman, REU 2000

- Summer 2001: participated in Computer Science REU at UMass-Amherst while doing research for the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval
- 2001-2002: was undergraduate researcher for the Vision, Interaction, Language, Logic, and Graphics Environment (VILLAGE) Research Group
- May 2002: completed a senior honors thesis in Computer Science and graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Mathematics
- Currently is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California-Berkeley

### Barb Hess (Bennie), REU 2000

- January 2001: presented at AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meeting in New Orleans
- February 2001: participated in COMAP math modeling competition with outstanding rating
- May 2001: graduated from Bethel College
- Fall 2001: began graduate studies in Statistics at University of Minnesota

### Garth Johnson, REU 2000

- 2000-2001: research at University of Central Arkansas was presented at MAA, Arkansas Academic of Sciences and Arkansas Space Grant Consortium conferences
- 2002: graduated
- 2001: attended joint conference in San Diego and presented his undergraduate thesis: "Exact Solutions to the Variable Speed Wave Equations Through Darboux Transformations"

### Jon Kennedy, REU 1998 & REU 2000

- May 2000: graduated from WPI in physics
- Summer 2000: REU assistant at WPI
- January 2002: graduated from Boston University with M.A in Physics
- August 2002: began working on his PhD in Applied Math at WPI

### Wendy Kooiman, REU 2000

- December 2000: graduated from Grand Valley State University in math
- May 2003: Graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with M.S degree in Operations Research and Statistics
- January 2001: Working at Smiths Industries Aerospace in Kentwood, MI as an Integrated Navigation Systems Engineer
- January 2004: Began studying for M.Eng Electrical Engineering at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI

### Doug Mitarotonda, REU 2000

- Fall 2000: research work on solar power lights in Nepal
- January 2001: presented at AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meeting in New Orleans
- Summer 2001: working for CIA in Washington, D.C.
- May 2002: graduated from Cornell University in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Asian Studies
- Fall 2002: attending Cornell University for Master of Engineering in Computer Science
- Summer 2002: worked at MIT Lincoln lab

### Sandor Swartz, REU 2000

- Summer 2001: participating in research at U. of Missouri-Rolla
- December 2001: graduated from U. of Missouri-Rolla

### Katie Tranbarger, REU 2000

- June 2001: graduated from California Polytechnic State University in statistics
- Fall 2001: began Ph.D. in statistics at UCLA
- Dec. 2002: graduated from UCLA with M.S in statistics

### Rebecca Wasyk, REU 2000

- December 2000: graduated from James Madison University in Mathematics
- January 2001: presented at AMS/MAA Joint Math Meeting in New Orleans
- Summer 2001: REU assistant at WPI
- Fall 2001: began graduate studies at Brandeis University
- Fall 2003: began Ph.D. studies in Applied Mathematics at WPI

### Blythe Ashcraft, REU 2001

- May 2002: graduated from Centre College, Danville, KY, with a B.S. in mathematics
- January 2002: presented at AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Diego
- Fall 2002: began working toward a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Wake Forest University of Winston-Salem, NC

### Katherine Kline, REU 2001

- May 2002: graduated from Bryn Mawr College in Mathematics
- Fall 2002: began graduate studies in Systems Science and Mathematics at Washington University, St. Louis, MO

### Ivan Ramler, REU 2001

- January 2002: presented at AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Diego with Thomas Wakefield - won award
- May 2002: graduated from University of Minnesota-Morris in Mathematics and Statistics
- Summer 2002: REU assistant at WPI
- Fall 2002: began graduate studies in Statistics at Iowa State University

### Erin Renk, REU 2001

- May 2002: graduated summa cum laude with departmental honors in economics and mathematics (B.Sc.) from the University of Pittsburgh
- Fall 2002: began work as a civilian Operations Research Analyst at the Naval Air Systems Command.

### Jennica Sherwood, REU 2001

- December 2002: graduated magna cum laude with a degree in mathematics from the University of San Francisco
- May 2003: Participant in the 2003 Program for Women in Mathematics in Mathematical Biology, Institute for Advanced Study & Princeton University
- Fall 2003: began Ph.D. program in Neuroscience at Vanderbilt University Brain Institute

### Thomas Wakefield, REU 2001

- May 2002: graduated from Youngstown State Unversity in Mathematics and Economics
- January 2002: presented at AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Diego with Ivan Ramler - won award
- Fall 2002: began Ph.D. studies in Mathematics at Kent State University

### Andrew Jalil, REU 2002

- 2004: graduating from Brown University with B.S in Mathematics and Economics

### Alex Lenkoski, REU 2002

- Graduate Student in Statistics at University of Washington

### Borislav Mezhericher, REU 2002

- 2003: graduating from Queens College with B.A in Mathematics
- January 2003: presented his REU project at the AMS meeting in Baltimore - won award
- graduated from Columbia University in 2008 with a Ph.D. in computational number theory
- quantitative researcher at Citadel (a financial firm in Chicago) since graduation

### Sonja Petrovic, REU 2002

- Ph.D. student in Algebra & Number Theory at Univ. of Kentucky

### Ravi Srinivasan, REU 2002

- Grad student in Applied Math at Brown University

### David Stoltzfus, REU 2002

- 2003: graduating with a B.S in Mathematics from Asbury College
- 2006: Graduated with M.S in Applied Mathematics from WPI

### Patricia Tong, REU 2002

- 2004: graduating from NYU with a B.S in Mathematics and Economics

### Matthew Willyard, REU 2002

- 2003: will graduate from the University of Rochester
- January 2003: presented his REU project at the AMS meeting in Baltimore - won award
- Graduate student, Dept. of Mathematics, Florida State University

### Amy Cohen, REU 2003

- January 2004: co-presented at AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meeting in Phoenix, AZ
- May 2004: graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Mathematics
- June 2004: began work as an Actuarial Assistant at Liberty Mutual in Boston

### Michael Coleman, REU 2003

- January 2004: co-presented at AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meeting in Phoenix, AZ - won award
- May 2004: graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Mathematics and a minor in Astrophysics
- Graduate student, Dept. of Mathematics, George Washington University

### Adam Czernikowski, REU 2003

- May 2004: graduated from Oberlin College with a B.Sc. in Mathematics
- Graduate student in Industrial Engineering at University of Florida

### Heather Griffin, REU 2003

- May 2004: graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Physics
- Spring 2004: got married!

### Mary Gruber, REU 2003

- January 2004: co-presented at AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meeting in Phoenix, AZ
- May 2004: graduated from Capital University
- Fall 2004: will attend Michigan State University to pursue a Master's degree in Industrial Mathematics

### Erin Haller, REU 2003

- January 2004: co-presented at AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meeting in Phoenix, AZ - won award
- May 2004: graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla
- Graduate Student in Math at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

### Jessica Jajosky, REU 2003

- Completed medical school at WVU
- Is currently an internal medicine resident at WVU
- Looking to switch to an anesthesia residency, also at WVU

### Christopher Kim, REU 2003

- January 2004: co-presented at AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meeting in Phoenix, AZ - won award
- May 2004: graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in Mathematics
- Fall 2004: will begin Ph.D. studies in Computational Neuroscience at the University of Chicago

### Megan McKinney, REU 2003

- January 2004: co-presented at AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meeting in Phoenix, AZ
- May 2004: graduated from Slippery Rock University with a B.S. in Mathematics concentrating in Actuarial Mathematics, and a minors in Statistics and Economics
- Works at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

### Trinh Pham, REU 2003

- May 2004: graduated from Mills College
- Fall 2004: will attend UC Berkeley to pursue a Master's degree in Statistics
- Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

### Sid Rupani, REU 2003

- January 2004: co-presented at AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meeting in Phoenix, AZ - won award
- May 2004: graduated from WPI with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
- Fall 2004: will pursue an MS in Mechanical Engineering at WPI
- Ph.D. Student in Engineering Systems at MIT

### Erica Johnson, REU 2004

- Grad. Student in Math at Univ. of New Hampshire

### Andrew Magyar, REU 2004

- Ph.D. student in Biostatistics at Rutgers University.

### Kimberly Millard, REU 2004

- Graduate Student in Math at Florida State University

### Jessica Scheld, REU 2004

- Graduater Student in Math at Uniersity of Vermont

### Brian Skjerven, REU 2004

- May 2005 - Graduated from St. Mary's University of Minnesota, B.A. Mathematics
- July 2006 - Married
- June 2006-August 2007 - IBM intern in Cambridge
- May 2007 - Graduated from WPI, M.S. Applied Mathematics
- Currently - pursuing a Ph.D. in Scientific Computation at the University of Minnesota

### Nathanial Burch, REU 2005

- Spring of 2006: Got his B.S. degree in Mathematics from Grand Valley State University
- Graduate Student in Math at Colorado State University
- Plans on finishing up his M.S. in the spring of 2008 and staying at Colorado State University for his Ph.D.
- Research interests include areas involving differential equations, numerical analysis, and probability. Currently working on a modeling project related to wireless ad hoc networks.

### Sarah Hartenstein, REU 2005

- Undergraduate student at Carroll College

### Razvan Ionescu, REU 2005

- Summer 2006: 4 months internship at New Reinsurance Company Geneva (Switzerland), worked on exposure curves (a pricing method) applied on the non-life contracts
- Spring 2007: Graduaded from ISFA (Institut de Sciences Financičres et Assurances) (Institute for Financial Science and Insurance) University Claude Bernard Lyon France in actuarial math
- Summer 2007: 6 months internship at SCOR Global Life (Paris France) (SCOR is the biggest Life Reinsurer in France, number 7 in the world), working on disability pensions.

### Alex Mills, REU 2005

- Undergraduate student at College William and Mary

### Christopher Mirabito, REU 2005

- Graduate Student in Math at Univ. of Texas at Austin

### Eugene Quan, REU 2005

- May 2007: Graduated from Harvey Mudd in May
- July 2007: Moved to Chicago to work at Citadel Investment Group.

### Wendy Chen, REU 2006

### Rachel Danson, REU 2006

### Dena Feldman, REU 2006

### Erin Kiley, REU 2006

### Mary Korch, REU 2006

### Daniel Lawver, REU 2006

### Jason Miller, REU 2006

- May 2007 - Graduated magna cum laude from Marist College with B.S. in Applied Mathematics
- Currently - Pursuing PhD in Mathematics at Tulane University, working on numerical methods for solving hyperbolic conservation laws

### Jody Mullis, REU 2006

### Melissa Moon, REU 2006

- May 2007: Graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with degrees in mathematics and physics
- June 2007-current: Working as an actuary for Milliman, Inc. in the healthcare practice area
- February 2009: Married husband, Danny

### Alla Shved, REU 2006

### Lingfeng Tang, REU 2006

- Was Assistant Director at Moody's Analytics, making software for structured finance transparency
- Is currently looking to either change careers or go to grad school

### Daniel Smaltz, REU Assistant 2006

### Jonathan Adler, REU 2007

### Matthew Bader, REU 2007

- Started Venatic Outdoors, an outdoor video production company, in Fall 2009
- Currently works for Paychex Inc. in the Credit Risk department
- Has almost completed his MS in Banking and Finance at Boston University online
- Got married on July 24
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### Paul Bernhardt, REU 2007

### Naomi Brownstein, REU 2007

- Currently pursuing a doctorate in Biostatistics at UNC Chapel Hill under an NSF graduate research fellowship.

### Jaye Bupp, REU 2007

- Graduated from Alma College in 2008 with B.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Music
- Received M.S. in Applied Statistics from Purdue University-Indianapolis in May 2010
- Is currently job searching

### Patrick Crutcher, REU 2007

### Morgan Gieseke, REU 2007

### Yu-Jay Huoh, REU 2007

### Nathan Langholz, REU 2007

### Sean Skwerer, REU 2007

- Currently a graduate student at UNC-CH department of statistics and operations research
- Is doing research in optimization and shape statistics, whose main applications are brain image analysis and phylogenetic trees

### Christopher Steiner, REU 2007

- Completed Masters Degree in Economics
- Currently pursuing Ph.D. in Economics at UC San Diego
- Interested in the applications of mathematics in economic modeling

### Grant Weller, REU 2007

- May 2008 - Completed B.A. in Mathematics and Economics at Concordia College
- 2007 - Named to the d3football.com All-America football team in 2007
- August 2008 - started graduate school Department of Statistics at Colorado State University
- December 2010 - Will finish M.S. degree. Plans to continue for a Ph.D. in Statistics.

### Gerardo Hernández, REU Assistant 2007

### Sara Adler, REU 2008

- Spring 2009 - Received B.A. in mathematics and economics from Case Western Reserve University
- Currently persuing a Ph.D. in economics at UC Santa Barbara
- Research focus is in Environmental Economics, specifically water pollution and water allocation

### Jennifer Boyko, REU 2008

- Spring 2009 - Earned B.S. in Mathematics from Haverford College
- Currently a Ph.D. student in the Statistics dept at University of Connecticut.

### David B. Brown, REU 2008

### David P. Brown, REU 2008

### Stephanie Browne-Schlack, REU 2008

### Pulak Goswami, REU 2008

### Xiao Han, REU 2008

### Evan Herring, REU 2008

- Currently pursuing an MS in Math Finance at NYU's Courant Institute
- After graduation, plans to work as a "quant" for a bank in New York

- Currently going for a biostats minor
- Working towards an honors thesis in biology
- Is applying to medical school
- Also enjoys writing website articles, stories, and translating

### Laura Hou, REU 2008

### Thomas Seaquist, REU 2008

### Erin Vinnedge, REU 2008

### Jian Wang, REU 2008

### Heather Standring, REU Assistant 2008

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