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## The metro region of Washington, DC is a particularly fertile area for related job opportunities, including consulting, teaching, and government.

**Math majors are successful in many career paths in addition to teacher, professor, or actuary. Mason Mathematics professor Evelyn Sander (and Editor in Chief, SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems),** **offers a few examples:**

- Christine Fox has a BS in math and MS applied math from George Mason University. She is a
**presidentially-appointed assistant to the Sec. of Defense**. See articles about her in the Washington Post and Mason Gazette. She was the inspiration for a character in Top Gun. - Carson Chow is a
**PhD mathematician working at NIH**to solve the obesity epidemic, as described in A Mathematical Challenge to Obesity, New York Times, May 14, 2012. - Jill Mesirov is a
**PhD mathematician**who is**associate director**at the**MIT/Harvard Broad Institute**. She uses mathematics to study biology, including**work on cures for cancer**. - DJ Patil is a
**PhD mathematician**who is currently the**Data Scientist**in**Residence at Greylock Partners**. Here is a video of him telling the business community about mathematical chaos in the video Living in a Chaotic World. - Lynn Laverty Elsenhans has a BA in applied math. She is now the
**CEO**of**Sunoco Logistics Partners**. - Alan Merten,
**president**of**George Mason University**1996-2012, has an undergraduate degree in math from the University of Wisconsin. - David Dinkins,
**mayor**of**New York**1990-1993, has an undergraduate degree in math from Howard University. - Jerry McNerney,
**US Congressman**2013-present, has a PhD in math from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. - Steven Strogatz is a
**professor**of mathematics at**Cornell University**, but he also**writes a****column in the New York Times**Opinionator section. - Manil Suri is a
**professor**of mathematics at**University of Maryland**, Baltimore County, but he is also a**bestselling novelist**. He wrote an interesting column in the New York Times called How to Fall in Love with Math. - John Urschel is a former
**NFL player**who is pursuing a**PhD at MIT**. He is a great advocate for mathematics, regularly writing and speaking on the beauty and draw of mathematics. - Danica McKellar has an undergraduate math major, and
**starred in The Wonder Years**. She has**written six books**advocating for mathematics and education.

**GMU Graduate's Current Employment**

- Robert Allen,
**Assistant Professor**, Mathematics, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. (PhD GMU) - Jennifer Chubb,
**Assistant Professor**, Mathematics, University of San Fransisco. (MS GMU) - Scott Cochran,
**Data Analyst**, ASM Research. (PhD GMU) - Andrew Corrigan,
**Research Mathematician**, Naval Research Laboratory. (PhD GMU) - Jill Dunham,
**Assistant Professor**, Mathematics, Hood College. (PhD GMU) - Dana Ernst,
**Assistant Professor**, Mathematics, Plymouth State University (BS GMU). - Christine Fox,
**presidentially-appointed assistant**to the**Sec. of Defense**(see above list). - Tina Hartley,
**Academy Professor**, Mathematics, US Military Academy, West Point, New York. (PhD GMU) - Tim Seaman,
**Associate Professor**, Mathematics, Northern Virginia Community College. (PhD GMU) - Javed Siddique,
**Assistant Professor**, Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University - York Campus. (PhD GMU) - Richard Tatum,
**Research and Development**with respect to data mining and network analysis for the**Department of Defense**. (PhD GMU) - Franz Hamilton,
**Postdoc NCSU**. (PhD GMU) - Rachel Locke,
**Department of Defense**. (PhD GMU)