Philip Pham

2011 Major: Mathematics

Current Employer: Google — Seattle, Washington

How has being a Mathematics graduate from Duke helped shape your professional success?

"It's helped me think in abstract manner and break problems into small pieces without losing focus of the big picture. I've been working as software engineer despite never having studied computer science beyond introductory courses (up to COMPSCI 100 in 2011). I credit the ability to teach myself the computer science fundamentals needed to the confidence I gained by tackling difficult math problem sets."