Profiles of Math Careers in the Industry

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 1:25pm - 2:25pm
Lind 305
Martin Lacasse (ExxonMobil)
While the majority of PhD students graduating in math and physics end up being employed by the industry, there is relatively little information of career opportunities in the industry being presented to students during their graduate studies. This presentation aims at providing some real examples of career paths for mathematicians in the industry, and describing specific problems being addressed by them. The talk is intended to be an informal discussion around how to better prepare oneself to address the challenges raised by pursuing a career in the industry.

A French-Canadian native, Martin Lacasse completed undergraduate degrees in both chemistry (Montreal) and physics (Concordia) where he graduated first of his promotion. He then studied at McGill University where he earned a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Physics, studying problems in statistical mechanics related to critical phenomena and phase transitions using large-scale computers. After his Ph.D., Lacasse moved to Princeton University for a joint post-doctoral fellowship with the Corporate Research Laboratory (CSR) of Exxon Research and Engineering. Shortly after in 1995, he joined the lab and worked on the thermodynamics of polymer interfaces and on the rheology of compressed emulsions. Lacasse is currently leading a team of researchers at CSR modeling the effects of induced seismicity during oil and gas production. His current research interests also include experimental design problems in the field of PDE-constrained optimization and the packing of non-spherical particles. Over the years, Lacasse has been recognized as a leader in high-performance computing.