4th Emmy Noether High School Mathematics Day
Texas Tech University, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
 May 3rd 2006


Career Panel

  On Becoming a Mathematician


    Dr. Delores Ludwig, Director of Cooperative Education

     (Office of the Dean of Engineering, Texas Tech University)

                    leads the discussion.





Kimberly Drews (George Washington University, Biostatistics Center)

Kimberly Drews is a native of Mississippi and received both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, Department of Mathematics.  She enrolled in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Texas Tech University after taking a year off to teach and determine her career objectives.  She received her Ph.D. with an emphasis in Statistics in December of 2002 and then accepted a post-doctoral traineeship in the Department of Statistics at Texas A & M University.  During her two-year training program she enhanced her skills in cell and molecular biology, bio-chemistry and genetics.  She also worked closely with a group of cancer biologist on several research projects dealing with dietary effects on the incidence of colorectal cancer.  She is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  Her primary appointment is with The Biostatistics Center, which is a clinical trail coordinating center.  She is involved with a multi-site trail examining a multi-component program designed to reduce risk factors of type 2 diabetes in middle school aged children.  Due to the multi-component nature of the project she not only works with other statisticians but also with people from other fields such as physicians, nutritionist, and exercise scientist.  Her responsibilities at The Biostatistics Center include statistical design and analysis, and all procedures in between, development of all materials involved in carrying out the trial, overseeing the correct implementation of all procedures, and logistics involved with efficient functioning and interaction of all sites involved in the trial.  Her position requires not only the use of statistical skills learned while getting her degree but also the logical reasoning skills that resulted from her mathematics studies. 


  Robin Graves (Cotton Center High School)

I have been a professional educator for eight years.  I come from a long line of educators and promised never to become one.  So much for all of my promises!  I am a high school math teacher at Miles High School in Miles, TX.  I graduated from Texas Tech University in 1998 with a BA in mathematics and minor in English.  I began my teaching career in Mesquite, TX at Mesquite High School.  I then moved back to West Texas to teach math at Lake View High School in San Angelo, TX.  When my husband went back to school at Tech, I was hired to teach 6th-12th grade math courses at Cotton Center High School.  I went from teaching 180 students every day to having 135 in the PK-12th grades.  I also started working on a masterís in school administration at this time.  I graduated from Angelo State University with a MEd. in August of 2004 and began working at Amarillo College teaching developmental math courses.  My husband and I now live and San Angelo, and we both teach in Miles.  We have a daughter who is almost three and a son who is due in July.    


  Amanda Klein (graduate student at TTU)

I graduated from Angelo State University in December 2003 with a B.S. in
Mathematics and Chemistry.  I received a M.S. in Mathematics in August 2005
from Texas Tech University and am currently working on my Ph.D. in
Mathematics Education.  While I am going to school, I am working as a
Graduate Part-Time Instructor for the Mathematics and Statistics Department
at Texas Tech.  I have worked with kids of all ages and really enjoy doing
anything that can bring math and science to life for kids.


  Kandle Kulish (Lockheed) 

I am a proud native of Beaumont, Texas and I lived there until I came to graduate school at Texas Tech University.  It was in Beaumont that I developed a love of mathematics and problem solving while in high school (thanks to a wonderful Calculus teacher) and went on to receive Bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Lamar University.  At Texas Tech, I was able to continue broadening my
mathematical knowledge and at the same time allowed the opportunity to continue my programming interests by interning at the High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) for two years. I spent a great deal of my time at the HPCC breaking large problems into smaller pieces and using parallel programming to try and solve them.  After completing my Master's in Applied Mathematics from Texas Tech, I was hired as an Embedded Software Engineer for the F-22 program at Lockheed Martin, Aeronautics division in Fort Worth. I am currently working on programming part of the Communications/Navigation/Identification (CNI) system for the F-22.  The F-22's CNI system is really a collection of communication, navigation, and identification functions that use the on-board computer for relaying signal and data processing information.
The software that provides the avionics system's full functionality is composed of more than 1.7 million lines of code.  While I cannot tell you many things about the specifics of what I do I can tell you that I use the logic and problem solving skills I learned through my mathematics training every single day.






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