What is your job and for whom do you work?
I manage a team of scientists and engineers at Sandia National Laboratories. Our job is to use math in clever ways to solve really hard problems. I love my job because it is challenging and there are so many unanswered questions we still need to figure out.
What math skills are most helpful to you in your work?
I work with large sets of data and a team of people to figure out the patterns in the data to understand what the data tells us. Our work keeps the country safe!
What has helped you be successful in math?
When I was in school, I took a lot of math, but it was really hard for me. I struggled for a while before I found someone I wanted to ask for help. I got better with the help of others while working with a study group. Those experiences taught me teamwork and perseverance, two skills I rely on now.
What advice do you have for parents about math?
Science, engineering, and math are great fields to go into because there are always new, interesting things being discovered! Practice, practice, practice to keep your math muscle exercised, and you can do any job in the world.