## Career Spotlight

**Andy Huang
**

*Mathematician*

#### What is your job and for whom do you work?

I am a mathematician at Sandia National Laboratories where I am part of a Modeling and Simulation team. We develop computer programs that simulate real events to understand what happens to the electronics. For example, we can study what happens to the body of a car in a collision with modeling instead of having to crash a car. Our simulation helps engineers make safer cars.

#### What math skills are most helpful to you in your work?

I use a lot of mathematics in my job! Math is a key component of all computer codes and programs.

#### What has helped you be successful in math?

The math I learned serves as a foundation that lets me create and apply ideas to many fields in science and engineering. I also use math for my hobbies outside of work! I like to play racquetball where I constantly have to calculate the trajectory of the ball. When I hit it, where is it going to go? Will I win the point? I use math to help me win! I prefer to think of all math like a puzzle or a game; once I understand the rules about how to play the game, it becomes fun to try to win!

#### What advice do you have for parents about math?

Math homework is the same way; once you understand the ideas behind the numbers, and if you keep practicing, you will become a pro!