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Career Pathways in the Mathematical Sciences (ONLINE)

April 26, 2023 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

In this panel we will have people from diverse backgrounds talking about their career pathways.

The event will be fully online in the following link:

https://cgu.zoom.us/j/89142368885?pwd=YkhkV24zbUZRV0p2d2xEelZtUmFmdz09Meeting ID: 891 4236 8885Passcode: 314159

We will have panelist’s introductions at the beginning, and then the remaining time in breakout rooms so that our students and faculty can ask more informal questions. The breakout rooms will be divided in the following sessions: (1) those who completed a bachelor’s degree then went into industry, (2) those who completed a master’s degree then went into industry, (3) those who completed a PhD then went into industry, and (4) those who completed a PhD then went into academia.

This event welcomes undergraduate and graduate students.



Session 1

  • After graduating from Pomone College, Yu Xuan started her career at Goldman Sachs, where she worked as a quantitative strategist for electronic trading. She then joined Gro Intelligence, Inc., a startup that builds predictive models using climate and agricultural data, where she was a data scientist. She is now an engineer at Uber, working on developing machine learning models to optimize Uber’s incentive budget allocation. She also has experience as a technical interviewer, having conducted over 300 coding interviews for software engineer candidates.

Session 2

  • Donald “DJ” Berry graduated from Claremont Graduate University in 2022 with an M.S. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Information Systems and Technology – Data Science and Analytics. He is currently a Research Engineer with the USC affiliated Information Sciences Institute where he works in the AI Division. While his main research interest is in the use of AI to improve how we diagnose and treat disease, his work lately has focused on using AI to study the flow of information in online social networks. He is also currently collaborating with researchers at CGU and Los Alamos National Laboratory on multi-fidelity machine learning techniques. Prior to graduate school, DJ worked as a Product Engineer at Esri where he helped build data analysis and visualization tools.
  • Madeline Brown: I am working as a data scientist and software engineer in ocean conservation. I enjoy my work because I can apply mathematical research to humanitarian problems.I actively became involved in research during my time in college. I graduated from Claremont Graduate University with a Master of Science in Mathematics in May 2022. In May 2021, I graduated from Scripps College with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a Minor in Chinese. As an undergraduate, I presented mathematical research at nine conferences, including the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM). I participated in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) for two summers and was a student researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory through the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI).

Session 3

  • An Do Dela‘s research focuses on developing pediatrics sub-models at DILIsym. She is also involved in various proprietary projects to develop and apply quantitative systems pharmacology (QSP) models within Simulations Plus. Prior to DILIsym services, Dr. Dela received her bachelor’s degree in Pure mathematics at California State Polytechnic, Pomona, CA. She later earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Claremont Graduate University, CA under the supervision of Dr. Shtylla and Dr. De Pillis. Her graduate work focuses on applying mathematical models using ordinary differential equations and partial differential equations. She is also particularly interested in utilizing the usage of various parameter sensitivity techniques, nonlinear mixed-effects modeling, and parametrization techniques to leverage the modeling process to effectively solve important problems within the pharmaceutical industry.

Session 4

  • Dwight Anderson Williams II is a son of Saint Paul, Minnesota, who has moved between the shining seas. He studied mathematics at Florida A&M University (BS), The Florida State University (MS), and The University of Texas at Arlington (PhD). After holding a postdoc position at Iowa State University, he is now a visiting assistant professor at Pomona College. The Williams Family is
    soon on its way to Baltimore, Maryland, where Dwight will start as an incoming (Fall 2023) tenure-track assistant professor of mathematics at Morgan State University, a PhD-granting HBCU.
  • My name is Casey Johnson. I graduated from Claremont Graduate University (CGU) in Fall 2020. Currently I am a Visiting Adjunct Professor (postdoc) at UCLA studying Opinion Dynamics and Particle Laden Flow and teaching upper division courses. While a student at CGU, I held part time positions teaching at East Los Angeles College, Citrus College, Chaffey College, and Whittier College. Before completing my PhD, I was hired by Whittier College for a full-time teaching position from 2018-2022.
  • Christina Durón (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the Natural Science Division of Seaver College at Pepperdine University. Prior to joining Pepperdine, she was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Arizona for three years. She received her PhD in Mathematics at Claremont Graduate University in May 2019 under the supervision of Professor Ami Radunskaya and Professor Jo Hardin from Pomona College. Her research is in network analysis and network theory. With an application-driven perspective, she develops computational techniques to model, analyze, and explore relational data from a variety of fields (e.g., biological, social, transportation).



April 26, 2023
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
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Argue Auditorium, Pomona College
610 N. College Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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