## Career Spotlight

**Stacey Long
**

*Creative Designer*

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

I am a creative designer at Sandia National Laboratories, which means I help scientists communicate their work by designing posters, brochures, reports, and presentations. I like my job because I get to work with people from all over Sandia, learn about their work, and then help them share it with other people.

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

I use geometry and proportions every day to come up with interesting new designs in different sizes that attract people’s attention.

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

In school, I knew I wanted to use my creativity to help people, but I knew I’d need math skills too. All the math classes I took—even though they were hard—helped me learn to think logically and taught me many skills that inform my design work.

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

Drawing pictures really helped me in my math classes because I’m a visual learner, so picturing the math helped me remember it. I didn’t always like math in school, but I’m glad I stuck with it because I use it every day!