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Stanley MAZOR was awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Science at the SFSU commencement in 2014, for his pioneering work with Intel colleagues in designing the first commercially available microprocessor, the Intel 4004, in the late 1960s. Mazor got his start as a mathematics major here in the early 1960s, programming our then state-of-the-art computer, the IBM 1620. He worked for Intel for many years, then branched into teaching, both at universities and for technological firms.
James T. SMITH, MA 1964, is editing this news page. He is retired from teaching at SFSU. With two Polish coauthors, he published Alfred Tarski: Early Work in Poland—Geometry and Teaching, Springer: 2014.
David WALDEN, BA 1964, was awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Science at the SFSU commencement in 2014. He also got his start as a computer scientist here, programming our IBM 1620. After graduation, he worked for the Lincoln Laboratory at MIT, then for Bolt Beranek and Newman, Inc., as one of the team that developed the ARPANET, the first packet-switching network, a precursor of the Internet. Since that time, with his own firm, the Center for Quality of Management, he has become a leader in management science.
Aliakbar Montazer HAGHIGHI, BA 1966, MA 1971, earned the PhD in 1976 from Case Western Reserve University under supervision of Lajos Takács with a dissertation on multiserver queueing systems. Haghighi held several positions in Iran, joined the faculty of Benedict College in South Carolina in 1985, and in 2002 moved to Prairie View A&M University, near Houston, where he is now Head of the Department of Mathematics. He credits our late Prof. S. F. Neustadter with inspiring him to pursue a career in mathematics research and teaching.
David B. JAFFE, BA 1981, has left his position as Director of Computational R&D, Genome Sequencing and Analysis Program, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, to become a Fellow of the 10X Genomics company in Pleasanton, CA.
Wendy (Marion) BRUNZIE Alexander, MA 1989, Professor of Mathematics at Houston Community College, obtained a grant to visit the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia in summer 2015 to research the mathematical interests of Thomas Jefferson and David Rittenhouse. Her eldest child, David, will be on tour in China then, playing horn with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States.
Seth BRAVER, BA 1999, teaches mathematics at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington. His 2011 book Lobachevsky Illuminated on non-Euclidean geometry won the 2015 Beckenbach Award of the Mathematical Association of America for distinction and innovation in mathematical writing.
Yukie GOTO, MA2004, earned the PhD in mathematics in 2011 from Indiana University with a dissertation entitled Study of Some Degenerate Equations Related to Dryland Vegetation and to Chemotaxis.
Ramal LAMAR, BS 2004, earned an MS degree in 2012 from California State University, East Bay, with a thesis on the foundations of mathematics, the first at that campus on a mathematical subject. Currently he is the director of the mathematics laboratory at Berkeley Technology Academy in Berkeley, CA.
Michael McASSEY, MA 2004, earned the PhD in statistics in 2011 from the University of California, Davis, with a dissertation entitled Topics on Associations among Random Processes. He is now a lecturer at the Amsterdam University College in the Netherlands.
Alex MILOWSKI, MA 2004, earned the PhD in informatics in 2014 from the University of Edinburgh with a dissertation entitled Enabling Scientific Data on the Web. He is now a professional faculty member in the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley.
Jemma LORENAT, BA 2007, earned the PhD in the history of mathematics in 2015 jointly from the University of Paris and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, with a dissertation entitled Die Freude an der Gestalt: Methods, Figures and Practices in Early Nineteenth-Century Geometry. She is now an assistant professor of mathematics at Pitzer College in Pomona, CA.
Kim SEASHORE, MA 2007, earned the PhD in mathematics education in 2015 from the University of California, Berkeley. She is now an assistant professor of mathematics in our own Department at SFSU!
Maree AFAGA Jaramillo, MA 2008, earned the PhD in mathematics in 2014 from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a dissertation entitled Fundamental Groups of Spaces with Bakry-Emery Ricci Tensor Bounded Below. She is a now a visiting assistant professor at the University of Connecticut.
Aaron DALL, MA 2008, earned the PhD in mathematics in 2015 from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona with a dissertation entitled Matroids: h-Vectors, Zonotopes, and Lawrence Polytopes.
Drew JARAMILLO, MA 2008, earned the PhD in mathematics in 2015 from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a dissertation entitled Unipotent Radicals of the Standard Borel and Parabolic Subgroups in Quantum Special Linear Groups. He is now a visiting assistant professor at the University of Connecticut.
Mitchell OSTER, BA 2008, attended the Campaign Management Institute at American University in 2013 and is now working with the Eveleth Consulting Group in San Carlos, CA.
Fang-I CHU, MA 2006 (Economics), MA 2009, earned an MA degree in applied statistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2011, and is now a PhD student there.
Jameson CAHILL, MA 2009, is now an assistant professor of mathematics at New Mexico State University.
Brendan COLLORAN, MA 2009, earned an M.Phil. degree in economics from the Cambridge University in 2010, and since 2012 has been a senior applied statistician at Mozilla in Mountain View, CA—their “math dude”. He reports that his work involves “a mix of statistical and quantitative thinking, ability to work with computers and program in several languages, perhaps to do data visualization, and to communicate quantitative findings to non-quantitative people.” That combination of skills “is very much in demand, and is likely a good goal for many people coming out of the SFSU MA program.”
Daniel DEWOSKIN, MA 2009, earned the PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a dissertation entitled Multiscale Modeling of Coupled Oscillators with Applications to the Mammalian Circadian Clock. He is now a research assistant professor at the University of California, Davis.
Elizabeth GROSS, MA 2009, is now an assistant professor of mathematics at San Jose State University.
Lothar NARINS, BS 2009, has earned the PhD in mathematics from the Berlin Mathematical School, with a dissertation entitled Extremal Hypergraphs for Ryser’s Conjecture.
Christopher O’NEILL, BS 2009, earned the PhD in Mathematics from Duke University in 2014 with a dissertation entitled Monoid Congruences, Binomial Ideals, and Their Decompositions. He is now a visiting assistant professor of mathematics at Texas A&M University.
Amanda RUIZ, MA 2009, is now an assistant professor of mathematics at the University of San Diego.
Laura ESCOBAR Vega, MA 2010, earned the PhD in mathematics in 2015 from Cornell University with a dissertation entitled Brick Varieties and Toric Matrix Schubert Varieties. She is now a research assistant professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Benjamin IRIARTE Giraldo, MA 2010, earned the PhD in mathematics in 2015 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a dissertation entitled Combinatorics of Acyclic Orientations of Graphs: Algebra, Geometry, and Probability.
Bita NOSRATIEH, MA 2010, is now a part time lecturer at SFSU and at Foothill College in Los Altos.
Tim WERTZ, MA 2010, earned the PhD in mathematics in 2015 from the University of California, Davis. He is now a postdoctoral teaching fellow in mathematics at the Yale-NUS College in Singapore.
Aleksandr PANKOV, BA 2011, is now a PhD student in bioinformatics at the University of California, San Francisco.
Daniel LEMKE, BA 2014, received an internship for Summer 2015 at the Aalto Science Institute in Helsinki.
Dido SALAZAR-TORRES, MA 2011, a PhD student in mathematics at the University of Iowa, was selected to be the Distinguished Graduate Speaker at the 2011 Underrepresented Students in Topology and Algebra Reseach Symposium held there.
Tatsiana MASKALEVICH, MA 2011, is teaching mathematics at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA.
Tu PHAM, MA 2011, is working as a software engineer at J&N Engineering in Santa Clara, CA.
Ashley SHIMABUKU, MA 2011, is now teaching mathematics at Solano Community College in Vallejo, CA.
Catalina BETANCOURT, MA 2012, is now a PhD student in mathematics at the University of Iowa.
Raymond CAVALCANTE, MA 2012, is now a PhD student in bioinformatics at the University of Michigan.
Michael GARCIA, MA 2012, is teaching mathematics at High Tech High and at DeVry University in San Diego.
Tyler BORRMAN, BS 2013, was honored at his commencement as the distinguished graduate of the College of Science and Engineering. He is now a PhD student at the Medical School of the University of Massachusetts, in Worcester, MA.
Maria COCA, MA 2013, is now a PhD student in statistics at Purdue University
Jack LOVE, MA 2013, a PhD student in mathematics at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, exhibited an example of his mathematical sculpture at the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore. That summer, he studied architecture and design at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
Miriam SCHUSSLER, MA 2013, is now a PhD student in symbolic computation at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria.
Brian CRUZ, MA 2014, is now a PhD student in mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Brian DAVIS, MA 2014, is now a PhD student in mathematics at the University of Kentucky.
Dennis SCHLIEF, MA 2014, is now a PhD student in operations research at Carnegie Mellon University.
Matthew SIMMS, MA 2014, is now a PhD student in applied mathematics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Joseph SQUILLACE, MA 2014, is now a PhD student in mathematics at the University of California, Irvine.
Robert STOLZ, BA 2014, is now a PhD student in integrative genetics at the University of California, Davis.
Hannah WINKLER, MA 2014, is now a PhD student in mathematics at the University of Oregon.
Juan AULI, MA 2015, is now a PhD student in mathematics at Dartmouth College.
Crystal MORENO, MA 2015, is now a PhD student in mathematics at Florida State University.