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AfterMath: Interviews with the Best Minds in STEM
Art of Problem Solving
With scientific breakthroughs and technological innovations arriving faster and faster, many of the coolest careers belong to people with excellent math skills. Art of Problem Solving’s AfterMath podcast talks with fascinating people in the world of math, science, and technology about their work, careers, and interests, as well as how their passion for math helped them get to where they are now. You can find show notes and additional information at https://artofproblemsolving.com/blog/podcasts/aftermath.
Top 10 AfterMath: Interviews with the Best Minds in STEM Episodes
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This episode’s guest is Mark Kantrowitz, nationally-recognized expert on student financial aid, scholarships, and student loans. He has written several books and created a number of websites that have helped over 100 million people pay for college. He and Richard discuss Mark’s background in mathematics and his initial career path in computer science, and how he made the decision to take his life in a different direction. Mark also shares some of the lessons he’s learned about the financial challenges facing the families of college-bound students, as well as some insights into what it takes to become a respected authority in an important field.
This episode’s guest is Max Nova, founder of SilviaTerra: a company that uses technology and big data to improve forest management. Max describes how he wound up in this unexpected, but extremely rewarding, career and how his mathematical background prepared him for the challenges of devising new and innovative methods of gathering data about and quantitatively analyzing complex ecosystems. He also discusses the challenges of getting such a groundbreaking company off the ground.
This episode’s guest is Cathy O’Neil: mathematician, data scientist, and author of such works as Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. Cathy talks with Richard about her past roles as a math professor, a quantitative analyst for a hedge fund, and a data scientist for a dot com startup. She explains how her experiences inform the writing that she’s doing now about the societal impact of technology and big data.
This episode’s guest is Sam Vandervelde, Head of School and Dean of Mathematical Sciences at Proof School: a private day school for kids who love math. Sam is also a former United States IMO team member, one of the co-founders - along with Richard Rusczyk and Sandor Lehoczky - of the Mandelbrot Competition, and a question writer for the USAMO. Sam discusses his experiences as a math contest superstar, earning his PhD at the University of Chicago, and what it’s like running a school that serves passionate math students.
This episode’s guest is Catherine Asaro, two-time Nebula Award-winning science fiction author and former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She is also a dancer, musician, teacher, and an extremely successful math contest coach. Catherine discusses her scientific background - which culminated in a PhD in Chemical Physics from Harvard University - and how she discovered her career path by bringing her passion for science together with her love of storytelling. She also talks about the challenges of raising a profoundly gifted child, and how those challenges led to her becoming one of the top math coaches in the nation.
This episode’s guest is Eli Luberoff, founder and CEO of Desmos, which offers a free online graphing calculator that is currently being used by millions of students around the world. Eli talks about his work building educational resources that not only benefit learning goals, but help inspire students’ creativity and enthusiasm. He and Richard also discuss what they’ve both learned about founding an education startup, and what role technology can–and should–play in the classroom.
Today’s guest is Po-Shen Loh: Associate Professor of Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University, founder and CEO of Expii, and team leader of the United States International Math Olympiad (IMO) team. A self-proclaimed math enthusiast and evangelist, Po sits down with Richard to share the lessons he’s learned, his thoughts on his many accomplishments, and how he strives to bring math to the world.
Today’s guest is Grant Sanderson, creator of 3blue1brown. In less than 4 years, 3blue1brown has grown to become one of the most popular education channels on YouTube, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Grant discusses his path to internet superstardom and talks about how he makes complex math interesting and accessible. Grant and Richard also compare their experiences building a platform that gives more people access to rigorous mathematics, and discuss where they think math education is heading in the future.
Today’s guest is Meena Boppana, Head of University at interviewing.io and advocate for increased diversity in STEM. Meena is a lifelong math lover working to promote greater opportunities for young people in the STEM world. She and Richard discuss her journey from MATHCOUNTS competitor, to Harvard grad, to her current position helping connect talented job searchers with elite tech companies.