teaches you HOW to think, not what to think."
I graduated with honours in pure mathematics in 1992. I was "snapped
up" by the Boston Consulting Group, one of the two international
leaders in strategic management consulting (McKinsey the other).
Note that I was employed as a generalist management consultant,
not as a mathematician or financial analyst. I then succeeded in
securing a job as the Australian
based publisher for an international academic book and journal publisher,
and was responsible for developing and managing the Australian sourced
list. I later became more involved in the international marketing
for the Group, and made directly responsible for the Japanese office
as well as becoming an integral part of the US and UK strategy development.
4.5 years running the Australian office, I decided to change tack
and headed for the finance sector. I landed a job as the Australian
telecommunications and IT analyst for Cazenove, a London stockbroker.
However, after 6 months in this role (in which I was very successful
being responsible for roadshowing a major client and producing a
number of well received stock reports), I realised that I was not,
at heart, a "suit" and was happier in an academic environment.
So I resigned and took up an APA scholarship at UNSW to do a PhD
in mathematics where I am using mathematics to indulge my passion
and follow my curiosity about stochasticity versus complexity in
the universe (what is "randomness"? is it just that which
we do not understand because we are of limited understanding, or
is there an
essential element of stocasticity that would pertain even in the
face of absolute knowledge?)
The point of all the above is, if I'd had a "professional"
or more focussed degree, I would never have had the necessary talents
to secure and be successful in all the above roles. Employers find
mathematics graduates very attractive because they are skilled at
problem solving on a conceptual level. A mathematician's problem
solving skill is not limited to one
industry, one area, one field, but is transferable for use in any
What advide would I give to a someone who doesn't want to limit
themselves to one profession? Do yourself a favour, do maths.!!
I enjoyed studying
mathematics in my BSc at the University of Queensland, and became hooked
on applying mathematics to the real world. So after contacting a number
of other departments at the University I decided to enrol for a PhD
and apply my mathematical knowledge to the study of tomography in chemical
My studies have provided many exciting experiences. I have presented
talks at national conferences around Australia, collaborated with and
visited researchers in England and Holland, where I stayed for 2 months.
Currently I am working for Opcom doing software testing, and still doing
my PhD part-time
I studied mathematics
at the University of Queensland finishing my degree in 1993.
During one of my vacations I worked at the Bureau of Meteorology in
Apart from having a great time I found people were using the mathematics
I was studying
When I finished my degree I was offered a job as a meteorologist, but
instead I took a lecturing position in the Mathematics Department at
James Cook University.
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with a Bachelor of Arts in Maths and Japanese (Yes it is possible to do
maths as part of an Arts degree) in 1988 and then a Batchelor of Egineering
Since graduating I have been working for Nippon Telegraph and Telephone
Company at their communication science laboratories south of Toyko. I
am part of a team developing a machine which will translate, over the
phone, Japanese speech into English. Analysing language requires the sort
of very precise logical approach which you learn when studying mathematics.
Living in Japan is great.
Have you heard of kendo, fencing with bamboo swords? I now play kendo
for the company team.
a quantitative investment analyst with ABN AMRO, an international bank
based in Amsterdam, I will perform risk management and participate in
portfolio management based on quantitative modelling techniques. ABN AMRO
is a leading global asset manager with over US$100 billion under management
worldwide. My duties will involve liaising with brokers to collect market
information and maintaining databases and computer programs for quantitative
models. The quality and accuracy of these models are vital for deriving
the important factors for optimizing the expected return.
in the Department of Social and Preventative Medicine, PA Hospital and
Herston Medical School. I am married with a young son.
I studied Mathematics and Computer Science at The University of Queensland,
where I won the Caltex Woman of the Year Award. This broadly based degree
gave me many career choices. I chose to go to Stanford University (USA)
where I completed a MSc and PhD in Statistics.
While in the US I worked as a consultant for the Stanford Medical School
and the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, North Carolina.
My typical day has lots of variety, such as teaching within the Faculty
of Medicine, researching medical problems with teams of Mathematicians
and Medicos and advising health professionals on statistical matters.
enjoyed maths at school, I decided to study statistics and pure maths
together with computer science and German at The University of Queensland.
I graduated in 1993 with an honours degree in statistics.
Since then I have worked as a statistician. At present I am working in
the Biometrics Unit at CSIRO. My main role is to consult with scientists
and help them design and analyse experiments. One of my present projects
involves studying the prevalence of viral antibodies in mice on the Darling
I enjoy working for CSIRO. It is interesting and challenging and I can
apply the knowledge and skill acquired at university to real life.
although Iím trained as an optometrist, I have returned to my true love
My enjoyment of maths has been long standing. In high school I won a silver
medal in the Australian Maths Olympiad (1992) and prizes in the Westpac
Maths Competition and QAMT competitions over several years.
After high school, I decided to follow a career in Optometry but found
it dull in comparison to mathematical problem solving, so I returned to
study and graduated with a B.Sc(Math) last year, I am doing Honours this
year with a thesis on localizing relativistic electrons.
Outside of studies I play volleyball, indoor cricket and basketball, and
if possible, would like to spend every waking moment playing computer
strategy games like Starcraft and Diablo II. I hope to continue my studies
and do a PhD in Mathematical Physics.
I have always enjoyed
and been good at Mathematics and when I finished Year 12, I looked for
a way to turn my interest into a career. I started with a science degree,
majoring in Mathematics, at UQ. Then in late 1986 I was offered and
accepted a job at OPCOM, an Operations Research and Software Development
company.Since then my career, and OPCOM, have gone from strength to
strength. OPCOM started as a small company doing whatever work came
along. However, as we have grown, we have focused heavily on three core
products: IPTIS, PLANZ and OPCrew.
IPTIS is an
Integrated Public Transport Information System. It is the backbone of
the TransInfo service accessed in Brisbane by phone and internet (www.transinfo.qld.gov.au)
as well as similar services in Perth, Auckland and many locations in
PLANZ automatically designs transportation networks to move mail between
mail centres. OPCrew determines the optimal crew schedules for operating
public transport services. All of these systems have a core of advanced
mathematical algorithms and about one fifth of OPCOMís employees are
heavily involved in algorithm development.
Mathematics has been very good to me but the most important thing is
that it has been fun, and that I still enjoy maths, both for its practical
applications and for its beauty.
taught me how to think logically and systematically."
one year of chemical engineering at Sydney University, Phil switched to
a science degree focussing on biology. He continued to study maths because
it was challenging and it gave him skills that other biology students
lacked. His Honours project involved modelling the interactions between
parasitic wasps and their hosts.
Phil is now a data analyst for the Queensland Department of Primary Industries
in Cairns. He uses satellite technology and mathematics to model the population
of Papaya Fruit Fly and to monitor eradication measures.
completing my PhD at UQ Maths Department I took up a fellowship at Oxford
University, then a job in the ĎCivil Serviceí at the Department of Education
and Employment (DfEE) in London.
At DfEE I was involved in Operations Research, a branch of mathematics
concerned with forecasting, planning, and optimisation.My results were
used to advise government on policy decisions. In particular I worked
on using census and birth data to predict the number of school-aged children
to be taught in state schools.
Recently I have moved back to Oxford to work for a small company called
Numbercraft. Numbercraft uses mathematical methods and computer software
to provide business intelligence technology to clients in retail, manufacturing
and media sectors. This advice helps companies improve their sales. As
an example, for supermarket chains we analyse what the customers buy,
when they buy it and what they buy on a single shopping trip. Most of
my time is spent doing analysis. However I do spend some time preparing
presentations, writing reports and helping prepare new proposals.
I like the variety in my new job and I like having the chance to go out
and explain my work to the clients rather than just sit in the office.
graduating with an Honours degree, majoring in Mathematics, from The University
of Queensland I went to work for Bain International. Bain International
is a management consulting firm with offices across North America, Asia
and Europe. I joined the branch in Boston, where I was employed as an
Associate Consultant. My days were spent focusing on primary and secondary
research gathering, analysis of data and recommending and implementing
business solutions. To further my career I returned to the University
of Queensland and completed a PhD in 1998. I am currently working in the
Treasury Division of MIM Holdings. Essentially I work on special business
projects, where I model expected profitability, and I also check that
projects meet financial and legal obligations, as well as reporting on
working in medical image processing at the Centre for Magnetic Resonance,
I used to wonder about mathematics and my future. Now I realise my
work may save a personís life - that says a lot about the crucial nature
I graduated from The University of Queensland with degrees in engineering
and mathematics and finished with a PhD in mathematical research. Initially
I was concerned that if I followed mathematics, Iíd end up working in
a field that was totally separate from the Ďreal worldí, but now I see
these concerns as naive.
Currently, Iím working at UQís Centre for Magnetic Resonance. Two exciting
projects I am involved in are the study of stroke patients, where we use
Magnetic Resonance Images (MRI) and statistical mixture modelling to predict
the progress of the patient, and a cardiac project, where MRIs are taken
of the patientís beating heart, and from these we construct models to
assess heart strain.
I am privileged to see mathematics in the work of doctors, psychologists,
physicists and engineers here at the Centre. I see now that mathematics
is fundamental to a pursuit of all of these careers.
Maths is beautifully simple when you look at the patterns it produces.
But itís more than just a nice brainteaser. I can meet the patients whose
images I have displayed on my computer screen and know that the work I
am currently doing may save that personís life.
for Qualcomm in the design and analysis of stream ciphers (pseudo-random
bit generators) used for encryption in mobile phones.
a son of missionaries from Papua New Guinea: they are now in Fiji. I developed
an interest of maths in high school at Blue mountains Grammar School NSW
and received lots of encouragement from the maths department. Through
highschool I was always involved in the Westpac Mathematics Competition
(although I only received a prize in year 12). In 1990
I went to the National Mathematics Summer School, Canberra.
I have always enjoyed maths, and Iím amazed that still do. As I am not
sick of it by now, I can't imagine that I ever will be. Personally, I
enjoy the simpler forms of mathematics rather than trying to understand
really difficult concepts; I especially enjoy exploring for patterns and
relationships between different things. I must admit that some types of
maths donít interest me that much, but then there are many times when
Iíve needed these less interesting forms of maths to manage the interesting
maths (confused yet?), so boring maths is still worth learning.
While, doing maths can be a solo activity, some of my great memories have
been doing maths with other people from year 12 onwards; you never know
what youíll find. Cryptography I enjoy because there are many possibilities
that can be explored in looking
for attacks and cryptography is important: finding an attack on a cipher
has implications in the real world.
Aside from my research (and study at uni) Iíve usually been involved in
helping lead youth group and Sunday school at the church I attend. I keep
myself entertained playing guitar. I love international travel. Attending
conferences and visiting universities to talk about my research has given
me the opportunity to visit a variety of countries.
I have been working for Qualcomm, the company that developed the commercial
version of CDMA (the mobile phone system that Telstra is using to replace
the analog system) since completing my PhD in 1998. I have great flexibility
in the research I want to do, and much of my research has commercial applications.
My work involves a fair bit of programming as part of my analysis of ciphers.
I think Iíve managed to get the perfect job straight off: I get to do
what I enjoy, and what Iím good at, and I get paid very well for it!
Manager Market Developments Tarong Energy Corporation Limited.
work in the Marketing and Trading Department for Tarong Energy which is
an electricity company. My particular section is responsible for preparing
price and volume forecasts, and for analysing and evaluating a variety
of projects. Our information is used in Risk Management, Pricing and Trading.
There are three people with maths degrees here which indicates the importance
of the skills. Mathematics certainly develops analytic and problem solving
abilities which are invaluable in application to many "real" situations.
We use a lot of computer tools to produce results, but having an understanding
of maths means that we can better control the accuracy of these models
and thus make better decisions.
currently working as a Designer and Java developer for Eyron
Maths has taken me from generating efficient schedules to developing exciting
computer games, not to mention the travel it has brought. I really can
say that I have applied mathematical techniques to real world problems.
After graduating from The University of Queensland with an Honours Degree
in Mathematics, I embarked on a number of interesting jobs. As a university
research assistant I worked on automated solutions to school timetabling
problems, which is of widespread benefit. I then travelled to England,
where I completed a PhD at Cambridge, in Computational Mathematics. Cambridge
is home to a small online games company, Historical Engineering, and while
I was working there I wrote and tested over 28,000 lines of Java code
for games. All this in just 14 months!
Pascal, Fortran, Matlab and other languages has been very handy.
So, from England, it was off to Israel, where I currently work on developing
web based applications in Java and XML. I can happily say that I think
Iíve found my niche as a software developer for Eyron Software Solutions.
My other interests include rowing, football, martial arts, singing and
currently completing a parallel degree in Commerce and Science. Within
these degrees I am concentrating on mathematics, finance and information
technology. There are enormous employment opportunities in these fields,
especially if you have a strong creative insight into how they are interrelated.
For me, mathematics nurtures my thinking ability, especially when research
is involved. During the holidays I worked on a Summer Vacation Research
Scholarship, where I was given a unique insight into the work of research.
From this month of research I improved my knowledge in several fields,
such as data mining and genetic algorithms.
person with a maths background can adapt to a vast number of professions."
Senior Reservoir Engineer with BHP, Michael has spent time on oil rigs
as a petroleum engineer and has studied and researched in Australia and
the United States. He studied maths for the diversity of fields he could
Michael has a maths degree with Honours in Chaos Theory from Melbourne
University and also a doctorate in Applied Mathematics from CalTech in
the United States and spent 2 years in New York researching fluid flow.
He returned to Australia and started work as a research scientist for
BHP, shifting towards engineering in 1993.
Iíve been fascinated by mathematics and biology for as long as I can remember.
Before studying mathematics, I completed a medical degree at the University
of Queensland and I continue to work as a doctor on a part-time basis.
My main areas of mathematical interest are knot theory and biomathematics.
Biological systems, such as the human heart or simply DNA in each living
cell, are incredibly complex. Many branches of mathematics have been used
to gain insight into such systems. Currently I have been looking at Knot
Theory and applying it to the topology of DNA.
today is much more about skills like problem solving than about knowledge.
Being a good analytic problem solver lets you do almost anything."
studied maths and linguistics at the Australian National University. Graduating
with Honours in maths in 1993, he worked for management consultants McKinsey
& Co. for 2 years, spending one year in South Africa. He is now a
Strategic Planning Manager for CitySearch, an Internet company in Los
Jeremy liked maths because it was fun and he was good at it. While maths
is not part of his everyday work, the problem solving skills he learnt
by studying maths are invaluable.
a Bachelor of Science at the University of Queensland in 1999, majoring
in Mathematics and was awarded First Class Honours in Applied Mathematics
in 2000. My main interest was applied and computational mathematics, particularly
in the context of meteorology. My honours thesis focussed on the surface
temperature of planetary bodies, specifically Earth, the Moon and Mars.
I am currently doing a Graduate Diploma of Meteorology with the Bureau
of Meteorology in Melbourne. Upon completion I will become an operational
forecaster for the Bureau. Meteorology is based on conceptual models derived
from a dynamical and thermodynamical framework. I found my background
in maths to be crucial to understanding these basic concepts. My main
interests in meteorology are severe weather patterns in a tropical climate.
So, I very much hope to return to Brisbane to forecast and develop my
understanding of tropical and sub-tropical climates.
programming in Visual Basic for database testing and design.
graduating with a BSc degree in 1995 I worked in London for a financial
software company, Bloomberg LP, where I developed software to help market
analysts predict market trends. I also trained analysts to use statistical
techniques such as regression to predict market trends. This involved
presentations in European cities, which included Madrid, Zurich and Lisbon.
I believe that mathematics teaches students important skills that are
valuable in many facets of everyday life. The techniques help in developing
a clear evaluation of problems and in making decisions and reaching logical
My hobbies include reading, travelling and netball.
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computational maths at the University of Queensland and was awarded my
PhD in 1997. Since then I have worked as a teacher both in high schools
and at universities and as a manager in Information Technology for Jebb
Holland Dimasi P/L - Economic and Property Consultants.
I am presently working in development and applications programming.
have definitely used the skills I gained, the logical approach and the
is Manager of Computer Aided Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Systems
for Ford Australia. She provides computing tools for engineering and manufacturing
including design, crash-testing and vehicle tracking.
She studied computer science and mathematics at the University of Tasmania
and has been working for Ford since she finished Honours.
Brenda gained analytical skills, persistence and ability to solve complex
problems logically by studying maths. She recommends maths for developing
mental agility and logical thought processes.
graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science (mathematics) in 1975, I
have specialised in statistics, and completed a Master of Scientific Studies
(statistics) at the University of Queensland in 1981. Networks Fast tracking
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more than 20 years experience in public sector planning and statistical
services, particularly in education, health, and criminal justice.
I have contributed to the development of several national and state statistical
systems, including implementation of the Queensland Criminal Justice Information
A major project I recently worked on was a review of AusAID. This project
included evaluation of the need for statistics and statistical services
providing recommended strategies to improve the quality and accessibility
of statistics on Australiaís international development activities.
Rather than just talk numbers, I like to talk about the meaning behind
the numbers, about people and about the impact of new government policies
on households or businesses. Statistics are the key to quantifying changes
in society, making historical comparison and planning for the future.
My interests include genealogy, music and travelling.
with a combined honours degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at
The University of Queensland in 1983.
After graduating I started working for Mincom, using geostatistics to
develop mining software. Since then I have worked on the development of
pacemakers with the Sydney firm Telectronics, in London with an oil and
gas company, and contracted for the Main Roads Department and Telstra.
I now have my own business with my main customer being Telstra.
I am also a keen mountaineer which has teken me to the US, New Zealand
and the Himalayas.
importance of maths in financial markets cannot be overstated."
did a combined maths and economics degree at the University of Adeliade.
After completing a Graduate Diploma in Education in 1986 she joined the
Australian Bureau of Statistics as a graduate economist providing statistical
advice. In 1989 she worked for Leadenhall Australia Limited as a financial
analyst, later she moved to the State Bank of SA as a Senior Economist.
Anna now has a Masters in Business Administration and works in Milan as
a Chief Economist for EptaConsors.
Anna relies on her knowledge of mathematical modelling, statistics and
economic analysis, which she gained during her studies. The problem solving
and analytical skills she learned are also extremely valuable and allow
her to take a problem, translate it into a mathematical form, create a
model, and use the model to solve the problem.
started studying mathematics at Sharif University, in Iran where I was
In 1992 I came to Australia and finished a maths degree at the University
In 1998 I submitted a thesis for a PhD in which I studied abstract algebraic
It was great to finish my thesis as I had just been offered a job at Stanwell
Corporation, a Queensland electricity generating company.
Working with Stanwell is really exciting. Electricity is produced on a
supply and demand basis and each day sees us trade electricity worth millions
of dollars. Decisions made on the trading floor depend on mathematical
calculations. In fact, the whole electricity market is driven by mathematical
I spent 1999 learning and analysing all facets of the company and also
studying the financial market. By combining this knowledge with my mathematical
skills I can produce new ideas to enhance the running of the energy market
at this company.