Mathematics is an integral component in the Engineering field. A mathematician who
chooses a career in engineering uses a lot of methods of numerical analysis, as
well as linear algebra, advanced calculus, and probability and statistics. An engineer often works with a group of
people to come up with innovative ideas for products. Companies need engineers to use their
knowledge of mathematics, science, business, and other areas, to come up with ideal solutions to
what they are looking for.
Some informative descriptions of what the job of a mathematician in the Engineering field
entails can be found from the following sources:
Click here for a
description of what Dereje Agonafer's daily activities as a Senior Engineer at IBM involve. His
job has him constantly using his knowledge of Numerical Analysis, Differential Equations, and
Linear Algebra. (Provided by the AMS)
Click here to read about Steven J.
Altschuler's job as an Architect at Microsoft Corporation. He, along with a group of other
mathematicians, help facilitate the exchange of ideas and technology between the research
division and different product groups around Microsoft. (Provided by the AMS)
Learn what Shelby Anderson does as a Systems Engineering Manager at Sun Microsystems by
clicking on this link.
Shelby's job deals with a lot of
numerical analysis, probability and statistics, linear algebra, Fourier analysis, complex
analysis, and C programming. (Provided by the AMS)
Check out She Does Math!, a very educational book that gives
descriptions, written by the employees, themselves, of many different kinds of mathematics jobs in the
Engineering field. (Pages 4, 18, 26, 50, 52, 61, 68, 73, 102, 106, 116, 126, 142)
101 Careers in Mathematics, another great resource,
contains many types of mathematics career descriptions, also written first-hand by the
professionals. (Pages 20, 26, 44, 62, 64, 104, 108, 142, 148, 156)
Click here to read about Isabel
Beichl's career as a mathematician with the Mathematical Institute of Standards and Technology.
She works on applied mathematics problems to assist in designing algorithms for simulations of
physical systems. (Provided by the AMS)
Click here to find out about Kathryn E.
Brenan's exciting career as an Engineering Specialist with The Aerospace Corporation. She
provides applied mathematical analysis and software development for the Air Force and Department
of Defense space systems. She uses a lot of numerical analysis, differential equations, and
linear algebra. (Provided by the AMS)
Click here to learn what Juan D.
Cardenas does as a Financial Engineer with Summit Systems Inc., a software company based
in New York City. He uses numerical analysis, linear algebra, differential equations,
probability and statistics, and partial differential equations every day in his job. (Provided by the AMS)