SIAM Faculty Series: Dr. Juan Restrepo
April 12, 2021; 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM; Zoom
1st Annual Graduate Research Presentation Competition
March 17, 2021; 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM; Zoom
March 25, 2021; 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM; Zoom
Summary: Six graduate students are presenting about their current work, spanning topics from malaria models to differential geometry. Their presentations are critiqued and judged by faculty members, and cash prizes will be awarded. This event is split over two days so that all speakers have enough time to present their projects.
The first, second, and third place winners will be announced at the annual Honors Day celebration hosted by the Mathematics department.
A Morning Chat with Betsy Heines
March 12, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM; Zoom
Summary: Dr. Betsy Heines, UTK Math PhD alum from 2017, shared a story about the pivots she made during her career trajectory and how she ultimately ended up in a government position. She reminisced about prelim exams and selecting an advisor, and lead up to explaining how she obtained the job offer she ultimately accepted, including negotiation techniques and conducting an effective job search for government positions.
Some online resources Heines shared are linked below:
A Lunchtime Chat with Dr. Olivia Prosper
November 17, 2020, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM; Zoom
Joint with AWM
Summary: Dr. Prosper spoke about her family history and career path. Originally interested in the humanities, she eventually became interested in math biology after having several family members pass away from cancer. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Florida. While a graduate student, she participated in a summer math biology program at ASU called MTBI. She emphasized the importance of deciding what kind of work you want to do when choosing a post-doc position (if you want to have a teaching component or focus on research). At this point she discussed the difference between doing a post-doc in a math vs non-math department.
She talked about her work as a teaching post-doc at Dartmouth and her participation in a women in math biology group at the IMA. This lead to a discussion on the importance of the collaborations and mentors that can come out of networking. She then talked about moving to the University of Kentucky for her first tenure track job, and her decision to come to UT just before she became eligible for tenure at UK due to her husband working in the Knoxville area, and the process of negotiating tenure at UT so that she did not have to repeat the time she spent at UK working toward tenure when she moved to UT.
Then, she answered questions about work life balance and emphasized setting boundaries and using the time you have effectively. She also talked about learning to say no to projects and being more selective in the activities you participate in in order to avoid becoming overwhelmed. Finally, she spoke about her advising style, and the fact that she is an open and hands on advisor.
This event was targeted at all math graduate students, particularly those in the department’s math ecology concentration who are actively looking for an advisor.
How to use LinkedIn for your job search
October 9, 2020, 12:35 PM – 1:05 PM; Zoom
Summary: Kertesha Riley of the university’s Career Services office provided a fundamental overview of how to identify and establish a network, both in general and specifically on LinkedIn. She emphasized the importance of prioritizing attributes of your past work experience and current network based on who you are talking to, condensing this into a 30-second introduction. The advice given was quite versatile and useful for networking events, interacting with people on LinkedIn, and everyday conversation with peers. Finally, Kertesha introduced us to the alumni panel on LinkedIn as a powerful tool for growing your network within your current university or alma mater.
You can look at tiny.utk.edu/linkedin101 for more information and resources. Kertesha shared this link during the event.
SIAM UTK Hosts Dr. James Sunkes (Dynetics Inc.)
September 18, 2020, 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM; Zoom
Summary: Dr. Sunkes spoke briefly about his path to Dynetics and an overview of what his day-to-day looks like. Although Dr. Sunkes originally envisioned himself in an academic tenure track position, he applied to a number of industry openings, including three at Dynetics. Within two days of his interview, he received and accepted an offer. Dr. Sunkes’s work focuses on research and development of radar systems. The work is collaborative; he is one of four scientists in his group that work to develop solutions for their clients. In addition to speaking about his work, Dr. Sunkes offered advice to students who are interested in industry positions such as having skills in programming and leveraging experiences like teaching to prove communication skills. He made the point that employers are looking for people who can solve problems and as a mathematician, you have skills that aid in studying and solving real world problems. Finally, he noted that networking is essential.
A Lunchtime Chat with Dr. Abner Salgado
March 5, 2020, 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM; Ayres 401
Joint with SACNAS
Summary: We invited Dr. Abner Salgado, Associate Professor of Mathematics, to detail his career trajectory to date at an informal luncheon. He spoke about his travel abroad to Russia to complete his education, and how he identified his research interests along the way. He mostly works on partial differential equations, approximation theory, and fluid dynamics, and teaches numerical analysis courses in the Mathematics Department.
2019 Graduate Student Research Showcase
November 21, 2019, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM; Ayres 123, 124
Summary: We organized four mini-symposia featuring graduate students talking about their current research. Speakers ranged from first-year students to those nearing graduation, and the talks covered a wide range of topics, from abstract algebra to disease models. The schedule and list of abstracts are provided here.
2019 SIAM Southeastern Atlantic Section Meeting
September 20-22, 2019; Ayres Hall
Summary: The University of Tennessee-Knoxville was honored to host the SIAM’s annual Southeastern Atlantic sectional conference. The plenary speakers were John A. Burns (Virginia Tech), Irene Gamba (UT-Austin), and Max Gunzburger (Florida State). The talks also featured several presentations by research scientists at nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The schedule and list of abstracts are provided here.