Our Alumni

David Ye

Chief Risk Officer — State Street Global Markets

"First, really appreciate the education you are getting because it trains your mind and sharpens the way you think. Once you get into the real world, this gives you a huge advantage."

Phillip Andreae

Assistant Professor — Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

"But with a Ph.D. under my belt, I have more confidence than I did as a graduate student in my own ability to make important decisions about teaching, research, and everything else."

Philip Pham

Google — Seattle, Washington

"(Being a Duke Math grad has) helped me think in abstract manner and break problems into small pieces without losing focus of the big picture."

Scott Rich

Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan — Ann Arbor, Michigan

"I feel my mathematics education from Duke prepared me very well for the interdisciplinary nature of my current research and career path."

Heather Wiese

Academy of Science — Sterling, Virginia

"...the critical thinking skills I learned as a math major have been applicable to every single experience I have had post-college, and I am so thankful for that."

Zhen Gou

Spin VR — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

"... being surrounded by such talented classmates, I was constantly pushed to challenge my intellectual limits in different areas of maths..."

Eric Sorensen

Student, University of Virginia School of Medicine — Charlottesville, Virginia

"Studying math at Duke gave me the sense that I could do almost anything if I put my mind to it."

Matthew Varca

Aerospace Zonal Manager, AIG — Los Angeles

"Employers respect (Duke Math degree) very much, it is broad enough to be useful in many fields."

Sean Dillard

Princeton Consultants — New York, New York

"This skill has a number of applications in the real world, and teaches you to be innovative and how to solve problems in ways that other people haven't though of."

Patricia Frost

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital — Nashville, Tenn.

"... having a background in (Math) does allow me to more critically read journal articles as I can better understand the statistics."

Kristen Jones Campbell

Health Program Specialist, Sigay Kauyagan, Philippines

"A math degree from Duke will give you options and a path forward, whether that's changing companies, changing industries, getting another higher education degree, or some other pursuit."

Marshall Ratliff

Flow Traders — New York, New York

"...(Duke's Math Department) also helped me see the world differently, asking questions and thinking about solutions rather than seeing barriers."

Deloitte — New York, New York

"During job searches employers see that you are a math major and immediately know that you have the logical reasoning and problem solving skills required."

Applied Mathematics Ph.D. Student, Harvard

"(Duke Math) gave me the opportunity to explore research in math so that I knew I wanted to pursue a Ph.D."