What Have Our Alumni Done?
HCSSiM has a strong tradition of alumni attending prestigious colleges and universities. Here is a sampling of schools that alumni from recent years have attended:
- Brown University
- California Institute of Technology
- Cambridge University
- Carleton College
- Columbia University
- Harvard College
- Harvey Mudd College
- Haverford College
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- New York University
- Oxford University
- Princeton University
- Stanford University
- University of Chicago
- University of Pennsylvania
- Washington University in St. Louis
- Williams College
- Yale University
Prize and Award Winners
In recent years we’ve had Intel and Siemens winners and finalists, the first König Prize winner, an American Institute of Mathematics Fellow, a GuggenheimFellow, a Sliffe Award winner (who is also the currrent ARML lead problem writer), a Thiel “20 Under 20” Fellow, world-class ranked Rubik’s cube solvers, and a USA Ultimate Player of the Year. Two HCSSiM alumni are MacArthur Fellows and two are Morgan Prize winners (with an additional Honorable Mention). Alumni often qualify for the USAMO and do well on the Mandelbrot and the Putnam competitions. In particular, 26 HCSSiM-ers have been on the US IMO team in 20 different years, and 16 alumni have placed in the top 5 on the Putnam in 18 different years. Alumni have formed successful teams for the iTest and PUMaC as well.
Some Not-So-Recent Alumni and What They’re Doing Now
This list was generated more or less at random, and is disappointingly out-of-date. If you want to be added, let us know.
- Daniel Zwillinger is a Senior Principal Engineer at Raytheon, Founder and CTO of Aztec Corporation, and the editor of the CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae.
- Susan Landau is an expert on cybersecurity issues, having worked both in academia and industry (as a Sun Microsystems Distinguished Engineer).
- Eric Lander is a Member of the Whitehead Institute, Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and professor of biology at MIT. Here is a link to a mathematical article about Eric Lander.
- Bram Cohen created/founded/works at BitTorrent.
- Jessica Riskin is a historian of science at Stanford University.
- Mike Smith is engineering faculty and the FAS Dean at Harvard.
- Danny Glasser works for Total World Domination Industries as a Software Design Engineer.
- Carmen Egido is (or was) Director of the Applications Research Labs at Intel Corporation.
- Erik Winfree is a faculty member in Computer Science and Computation and Neural Systems at Caltech.
- Gregory Sorkin is a Research Staff Member in Mathematics at IBM.
- Donna Crystal Llewellyn was the Director of the Georgia Tech Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.
- Steven Alexander practiced intellectual property law until he decided to teach high school mathematics instead.
- Robert Lipshutz is CEO of PreCyte, Inc.
- Aaron Ellison does research in community ecology at Harvard.
- Aaron Archer is a research scientist at AT&T.
- Noam Freedman is the Chief Network Architect at Akamai Technologies.
- P.J. Karafiol is the Math Department Chair at Walter Payton College Prep (Chicago, IL) and received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching in 2009.
- Loren Shure was the director of math and signal processing development at MathWorks, and is now a Consulting Application Engineer there. (Here’s her blog.)
- Mitchell Burman founded Analytics Operations Engineering.
- Sue Hannaford is a neurobiologist at the University of Puget Sound.
- Barry Nalebuff is a Management professor at Yale. He founded Honest Tea.
- Seth Schoen is a Staff Technologist at the EFF.
- Joshua Goodman is Vice President for eCommerce Foundational Technologies at Amazon
- Adam Kalai does algorithmic game theory at MS Research.
- Marshall Kavesh is founder and CEO of European Computer Telecoms AG.
- Eli Mlawer does climate research at AER.
- Victor Su is CTO of Ruby Networks.
- In the federal government, we have Valerie Zartarian, environmental engineer for the EPA, Aaron Ucko writing genomics software at NCBI, and Alvin Martin doing speech recognition research at NIST.
- Stephen Weeks works at Jane Street Capital.
- Noam Shazeer works at Google, as do Sara Smollett, Geoff Davis, Martin Wattenberg, and Ilya Kirnos.
- David Manderscheid is Dean of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University
- Peter Oppenheimer is a Research Engineer at Human Interface Technology Lab, University of Washington.
…and, of course, we have many alumni who are mathematics faculty, including (but not limited to) Jason Fulman, Elizabeth Wilmer, Japheth Wood, Jennifer Taback, Jim Propp, Ann Trenk, Bjorn Poonen, Judith Miller, Joshua Cooper, Matthew Boylan, Mike Reid, Dana Randall, Art Duval, John Sullivan, Kathryn Lesh, John Baldwin, Adam Marcus, Douglas Arnold, Susan Staples, Robin Forman, Marcia Groszek, Nicholas Proudfoot, Jeremy Avigad (also Philosophy faculty), D. Jake Wildstrom, Rennie Mirollo, Michael King, Paul Feit, Bill Martin, David Pollack, Sandy Ganzell, Russell Lyons, Victor Wickerhauser, Daniel Ullman, Ed Scheinerman, Jim Kelliher, Bill Dunbar, Alan Edelman, and Larry Riddle.
…and plenty of computer science faculty as well, such as Neil Immerman, Lenore Cowen, Afra Zomorodian, Marie desJardins, Stephen Fenner, Nancy Webb, Calvin Lin, Dina Goldin, Joe Kilian, Serap Savari, David Notkin, Judy Goldsmith, Robert Schapire, Joel Wein, Kent Boklan, Matthias Stallmann, and David Zuckerman.
We have some alumns who are lawyers or law faculty, including Jeremy Curcuri (also an engineer), Eugene Volokh, Gowri Ramachandran, Ira Matetsky, Douglas Henkin, Alex Chartove, Jonathan Siegel, and John Rothchild.
…and medical researchers and faculty, including Doris Stoffers (endocrinology), Larry Buxbaum (infectious diseases), Julie Ahringer (developmental cell biology), Scott Cantor (clinical decision analysis), Cate McKegney (family medicine/geriatrics), Michael Lev (radiology), and Marilyn Moy (pulmonary disease).
Some of our alumni have written books, including Surveillance or Security? The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping Technologies (Susan Landau), Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World (Lisa Randall), and Markov Chains and Mixing Times (Elizabeth Wilmer is one of three main authors, and Jim Propp coauthored the appendix).
If you’ve reached the bottom of this list and you’re not exhausted, come to our reunion on Yellow Pigs Day some year and be floored by even more talented people.