The Faculty of Mathematics is exceptionally proud of our alumni for their outstanding accomplishments, innovation, and achievements within their research, communities, and professions.
Join us for an afternoon of discussions presented by Alex Nicolaou, 2018 J.W. Graham Medal recipient and Rob Tibshirani and Anand Pillay, 2018 Honorary Doctorate recipients.
Rob Tibshirani, Professor of Biomedical Data Science, and Statistics
Discussion: Statistics: The New Sexy
With the explosion of interest in Big Data and Data Science, Statistics has become an (even) hotter field. I will discuss some current trends in the field and give two examples iof my own work: the association between cells phones and car accidents, and predicting platelet usage at Stanford Hospital via the "lasso".
Anand Pillay, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Notre Dame
Discussion: Logic, Mathematics, and Culture
I will discuss a brief history of mathematical logic, and some personal perspective on working in mathematics.
Alex Nicolaou, Engineering Director at Google
Discussion: Patterns and Anti-Patterns from 30 Years of Working in Tech
Alex Nicolaou will indulge himself in regaling you with tales of his experiences over the course of his career. Since Alex graduated from UW in 1993, he’s been working non-stop in the tech industry at startups, small businesses, and most recently Google. Find out why he’s lucky to be alive at all, why computational geometry is most fun when it can break machines, how to make schedules succeed, and why 3d printing and CNC machines are the best. In the process hopefully you’ll take away some useful, practical tips that apply to your own goals.
Complimentary refreshments will be available.
Visitor parking is available on campus.