What is your job and for whom do you work?
I am a mathematician at Sandia National Laboratories where I calculate the probability of accidents happening and the consequences they would have for different energy sources like nuclear power plants. I like my job because I get to use math, I help keep people safe, and I support the development of safe energy sources for the future.
What math skills are most helpful to you in your work?
Now that I’m a mathematician, I don’t just solve math problems all day. I get to use math to help scientists and engineers express and solve their problems with math by writing computer programs.
What has helped you be successful in math?
In school, I always liked math because it was challenging and useful, but some of my classes were really hard. I learned to ask for help and kept practicing until I mastered the concepts I needed.
What advice do you have for parents about math?
When math gets hard, remember to be patient with yourself and don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask others for help! Both the math and the communication skills you learn will serve you well.