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Henry Seely White Lecture, Suzanne L. Weekes, WPI

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Time: 5pm

Location: Rockefeller Hall 300

Title: Lean Out. Connecting Outside the Ivory Tower


It is important that mathematics and statistics educators are well attuned to the research and employment opportunities that exist outside academia for people trained properly in the mathematical sciences. In particular, to increase the number of well-prepared students going into mathematical sciences careers, there is a need to better connect the work that is done in business, industry, and government with what is taught at universities, and to give students and faculty active exposure to the sort of interesting mathematical problems that are encountered.

In this talk, the speaker will discuss some of the research and educational partnerships that she has been involved in that actively connect faculty, students, and teachers directly with industry and that has allowed them to engage in research on industrial problems. She will give examples of some industrial research problems that student teams have tackled, discuss some of the skills that are needed to be successful working with and in industry, discuss the challenges that one may face when working with corporate partners, and present a summary of some of the lessons that have been learned over the years in these collaborations.