NSA scholar to discuss math applications, careers

ETSU Foundation Carillon and Alumni Plaza

JOHNSON CITY – Dr. Carla D. Martin, an applied research mathematician at the National Security Agency (NSA) and a thought leader on math careers, will speak at East Tennessee State University on Friday, Oct. 2, from 3-4 p.m. in room 305 of Gilbreath Hall.

A 20-year veteran of the field, Martin will discuss her experiences in the public and private sectors, as well as the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of mathematics in the age of Big Data.  She will also describe several algorithms she developed, plus data-management issues that apply to various industries.

"One of the many reasons I love my job is that it allows me to engage with students and others, sharing my passion for both mathematics and public service," Martin said.  "I look forward to exploring with the audience how critical math is to the security and economic well-being of our country."

Martin recently organized for a national mathematics conference a unique session to highlight the work of four NSA mathematicians.  Decades ago, NSA pioneered what is now called cybersecurity.  ETSU attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the agency's career and internship opportunities, too.

Martin received her doctorate in applied mathematics from Cornell University and then served on the faculty of James Madison University, earning tenure in 2011.  She has written extensively about numerical linear algebra and led numerous undergraduate research projects.  She wrote the popular article, "What Can I Do with a Math Degree?" (MAA FOCUS, Vol. 29, No. 4), and has been interviewed for CNN Money.  Additionally, she is featured in "101 Careers in Mathematics" by Andrew Sterrett and on the website of the Project for Nonacademic Employment, which is overseen by the Mathematical Association of America.  Martin co-authored "Keeping it R.E.A.L.: Research Experiences for All Learners."

For more information, call 423-439-4349.  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.  The lecture is sponsored by “Preparation of Data-Driven Mathematical Scientists for the Workforce,” a grant housed in the ETSU Department of Mathematics and Statistics and funded by the National Science Foundation.
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