Alumni Tailgate

Math Opening Social

Come join the Math department for fun, food, and games at Kiwanis Park on Friday, September 29th, at 6PM. Everyone is welcome.

Careers in Math: Eric Neilson (Amazon)

Eric graduated from BYU with a B.S. in Electronics Information Technology. He worked locally, at Workfront, for many years before moving to Amazon. Currently, he manages the development of AWS Snowball and AWS Snowball Edge. In his free time Eric loves to he loves to go snow skiing, water skiing, wake surfing, dirt bike, and boating.



Pi Day 2017

It’s irrational, it goes on forever, and after a year of waiting… it’s finally back! Let your inner nerd shine at BYU Math’s annual Pi Day celebration! On March 14 (3/14) from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., everyone is invited to join us at Brigham Square for games, contests, celebrations, giveaways, and fun!  We’ve already ordered hundreds and hundreds of pies, donuts, t-shirts, and swag!

Pi Day isn’t just for math
majors. Are you an economics major? Come watch Professor Jim Kearl take a pie to the face. Exercise Science? Test your free-throw skills at our March Madness booth. Business? Theater? Family Sciences? Communications? We have tons of booths and activities right up your alley. Maybe you’ve given up on academics and only care about BYU Football—no worries! We’ll have our student athletes as special guests and a visit from our favorite cougar, Cosmo! There really is something for everyone.

In celebration of Pi, there will be pie-eating contests, a “Pie the Professor” booth, Pi recitation competitions, and much more. March 14 also marks the 138th birthday of the one and only Albert Einstein. Enjoy an Einstein-themed photo shoot, Einstein corn-hole, and eat a birthday pie in his honor. This Pi Day is also the kick-start to March Madness, so what better way to celebrate than by learning about the various algorithms used to predict tournament wins/losses and having the opportunity to make your own bracket? Turn in your roster for a chance to win prizes. Not only do we get to celebrate a genius’ birthday and the most famous number of all, but we also get to do it in style. Pi day is a great excuse for winning prizes and having a blast—don’t miss it!

Focus on Math – Gwen Spencer (Smith College)

Thursday, February 23rd

4:00 pm 1170 TMCB

Everyone Welcome!

Gwen Spencer did her PhD in Operations Research under David Shmoys at Cornell. She comes highly recommended as a mathematician who can speak at the level appropriate for undergraduate students.

Focus in Math

Have you ever been in a math class and asked yourself in a blurt of frustration, “When will I ever use this!?!” If so, your answer is here! BYU Department of Mathematics is excited to announce its “Focus-In-Math” speakers for Winter Semester 2017. Professional lecturers with careers in mathematics from across the country will be visiting our school throughout the semester to teach us how they use math. Our three guest speakers this semester are Dr. Gwen Spencer, Dr. Nick Trefethen, and Dr. Robert Bradshaw. This is an extremely beneficial opportunity for anyone going into careers involving math.

Our first speaker, Dr. Gwen Spencer, graduated from Harvey Mudd College with her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and went on to attain a PhD in Operations Research, as well as Postdoctoral Fellowships in Environmental Studies, Computer Science, and Economics. She is a successful mathematician and specializes in Approximation Algorithms, Stochastic Optimization, and Graph Theory. With her unique background and experience, Dr. Spencer can help us see math from an innovative viewpoint.

Dr. Nick Trefethen is a renowned mathematician with a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, his master’s from Stanford, and a Ph.D. on “Wave Propagation and Stability for finite Difference Schemes.” He has experience working at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Cornell University. He is now an appointed chair at the University of Oxford, and a Fellowship of Balliol College, Oxford. Dr. Trefethen brings with him an extraordinary understanding of mathematics, and we are extremely excited to learn from such a prominent mathematician.

Dr. Robert Bradshaw is one of our very own BYU Alumni! After graduating BYU with double degrees in mathematics and linguistics he went on to get his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in mathematics from the University of Washington. He has worked the past seven years as a Software Engineer for Google, and after meeting students last year as they toured Google’s Offices in Seattle, BYU invited him to share with students who share the same cougar pride.

Anticipate a powerful lineup of speakers and lectures this semester. Do not forget to mark your calendars:

  • Thursday, February 23 – Dr. Gwen Spencer
  • Thursday, March 23 – Dr. Nick Trefethen
  • Thursday, April 13 – Dr. Robert Bradshaw

Join us for “Focus in Math Lectures” in room 1170 TMCB at 4 PM on the listed dates. See math from a new perspective – Learn the real answers to why and to what depth we use math.

Careers in Math: Pixar Disney

The BYU Math Department proudly welcomes Aleka McAdams from Pixar Disney as a part of BYU’s Careers in Math.

Date: December 8

Time: 4 PM (Refreshments at 3:45)

Place: 1170 TMCB

Join BYU Math after Careers in Math for a Games and Fun in room 111 TMCB

Colloquium: Barry Simon (Cal Tech)

Title: Tales of Our Forefathers

Abstract: This is not a mathematics talk but it is a talk for mathematicians. Too often, we think of historical mathematicians as only names assigned to theorems. With vignettes and anecdotes, I’ll convince you they were also human beings and that, as the Chinese say, “May you live in interesting times” really is a curse.

Time: Nov 14th 4:00-5:00PM 3106 JKB

Annual Math Alumni Tailgate Party

The Math Department is pleased to host the Annual Math Alumni Tailgate Party on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm in room 3222 of the Wilkinson Center. This is a fun event to enjoy a catered dinner together and visit before the Homecoming football game. We hope to see you there! Please RSVP for the event — 
Homecoming Football Game and other events: link to 
Be part of the throng of thousands to support the Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium as they face the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Purchase tickets at
Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 8:15 PM