Thriving Outside of Academia

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 1:25pm - 2:25pm
Lind 305
Tyler Whitehouse (Quantitative Scientific Solutions, LLC)
This talk will be based on some personal lessons and observations made during the switch from academic mathematics to the world of government consulting. We will talk about the types of work available, necessary skill sets, perquisites, salary ranges, drawbacks, and career trajectories. We will also discuss some skills and perspectives that would hopefully increase the likelihood of happily transitioning to employment outside of academia, even if you don’t do “Applied Math”. Finally, we will discuss why many people find themselves to be quite content working outside of academia.

Bio sketch: Tyler Whitehouse did an undergrad degree in math at UC Santa Cruz and then worked in the insurance industry for a year as a claims adjuster. In 2003 he began a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota and graduated in 2009 after working with Professor Gilad Lerman on problems dealing with the rectifiability of sets and measures in Hilbert spaces. He then went to Vanderbilt University as a postdoc for 3 years. In 2012 he joined Booz Allen as a government consultant and in 2014 he left to work for QS-2. At QS-2 he acts as a consultant for a variety of agencies and works on internal projects.