What can I do with a mathematics degree other than teach? The panelists will explain their career paths and how mathematics has played a role. Here is a short biography of our panelists.
Jessica Crane, Prudential Financial
Jessica Crane has worked for Prudential Financial in both the Life Insurance and Annuities divisions of Prudential. In both areas she worked as part of the Financial Modeling team responsible for calculating the financial reserves for the company. She is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey Class of 2006 with Bachelors in Mathematics. After graduation she moved to Juneau, Alaska for a year. During the summer she worked as a tour guide, and once the tourist season ended found a job working in a loan office at Alaska Pacific Bank. In April 2007 I moved back to New Jersey and accepted my current position at Prudential Financial beginning May 2007.
Laura Roberts, Senior data administration analyst at United Parcel Service
Ms. Roberts is a senior data administration analyst with United Parcel Service, the worldâ?Ts largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain and freight services. Ms. Roberts works closely with functional representatives, business analysts, data base administrators and application development project teams to identify and define data requirements, develop data models and define standardized metadata to support the effective storage of data. She also supports the transformation of business requirements into logical data models and preliminary physical data models and supports the information needs of the business in a flexible manner.
Laura is a 1981 graduate of Ramapo College with a degree in Geology and Computer Science. She continued her education at New Jersey Institute of Technology earning a Master of Science, Management Science.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Roberts had assignments as an application project leader for several application development areas at UPS. Ms. Roberts held positions as a data analyst performing statistical data analysis for a multinational pharmaceutical company and as a systems analyst for a health insurance company prior to joining UPS. She enjoys reading and horseback riding.
Jessica Thalman, Mathematician for the US Army at Picatinny Arsenal
Jessica Thalman is a mathematician for the US Army at Picatinny Arsenal since December 2009. Picatinny is home to ARDEC – Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center. She works in the Systems Analysis Division. Her group is part of the Systems Engineering Directorate (SED) and primarily works on operations research and computer simulations. She is currently working on an MS in Homeland Security through Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Michael Walker, Quantitative Analyst at Augsburg Energy, LLC
Michael joined Augsburg Energy, LLC at the beginning of 2011 as a Quantitative Analyst, and works on developing a (profitable) automated trading strategy for commodity futures markets. He went to high school in the Bergen county magnet school, Bergen County Academies and came to Ramapo College in Fall of 2008 on a Presidential (full) scholarship to study computer science. Since then he added a math and an economics minor and will be graduating this May. He is also a member of Mensa, enjoys playing various computer and board games, attending concerts, and just got engaged on spring break in Dominican Republic.