Our Alumni

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."

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."

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."

Rachael Mangoubi

Director, Altair Advisers — Chicago, Illinois

"Mathematics is a wonderful core discipline, but it's also very important to be well rounded."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Investor Relations Manager, Saga Tree Capital Advisors — Singapore

"I viewed my math major as a way to develop and hone my problem solving skills and learn how to think, more than I conceived of it as a way to build specific technical knowledge."

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."

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..."

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."