SURE sponsors Dr. Rachel Levy's visit to Campus
October 22, 2019
Dr. Rachel Levy from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) visited Virginia Tech on October 22nd as a part of the Speakers and Undergraduate Research Engagement (SURE) program. She had a full schedule which included meeting with the participants of the SURE program. Over lunch she discussed her research and provided those attending with a window into doing mathematics research as a woman.
Her afternoon talk, Mathematical Modeling: From Kindergarten to Industry, centered around her research into how students as young as Kindergarten can engage in mathematical modeling in ways that resonate with the ways undergraduates engage in industry-based problems. This situation requires the modelers to develop and justify a useful solution to a complicated problem. Mathematical Modeling is taking off at all levels of mathematics education and provides one way for students to develop meaningful connections between mathematics and the world around us.
During her talk, Dr. Levy gave a special shout out to Virginia Tech's Dr. Estrella Johnson for her work analyzing data from the NSF IUSE grant, “Progressing Through Calculus.” NSF Award #1430540.
Dr. Levy is Deputy Executive Director of the MAA. Previously she was Professor of Mathematics and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Harvey Mudd College and Vice President for Education for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Her most recent book, written with Rick Laugesen and Fadil Santosa, is the BIG Jobs Guide, which helps people with expertise in the mathematical sciences prepare for internships and jobs in Business, Industry and Government (BIG).