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Mathematics


Casey Trail

Casey Trail '05

Major: Mathematics

Minor: Economics, Philosophy

Additional Education: Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from The Pennsylvania State University; Master of Science in Mathematics, Miami University

Current Job: Risk and Decision Analyst at Argonne National Labs

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.

Clubs/Organizations: Delta Tau Delta Fraternity

Athletics: Rowing

Favorite Professor: Mark Miller (John Tynan is a close second)

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

I was on a recruiting trip for the men’s rowing team in the spring of 2001. Those guys showed me the campus, sold me on the school, and made me feel right at home.

Favorite Marietta moment?

The week of cleanup in the fall of 2004 after the College flooded was a particularly memorable time. Lots of people stayed to help at the College (and in town) rather than go home. I haven’t met anyone that has had as much fun serving their College as we did that week.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

Lots of hard work squeezed in between lots of fun. My fraternity (Delta Tau Delta), and the rowing team were an enthusiastic and supportive group of men. Lots of healthy distractions made the “day to day” seem easy. Class work was always challenging. Again though, a supportive group of professors and classmates made it easy to stay motivated.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

I was very prepared for graduate work at Miami University and I owe all of that to the education I received at Marietta College. While at Marietta I had the chance to do original research and publish my results in a research journal. There is little doubt that this provided a major “boost” to my applications to Ph.D. programs.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer means that I went to a college that cares about me as an individual, and prepared me for a success.

 


 

Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson '07

Major: Computer Science and Mathematics

Minor: Leadership Studies

Additional Education: Master’s and Ph.D. in Computer Science at West Virginia University

Current Job: Assistant Professor West Virginia University Institute of Technology

Hometown: Williamstown, WV

Clubs/Organizations: ACM, (MC)^2, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Student Senate, Commuter Council, Voice, Student Conduct Board, Alpha Lambda Delta, Pi Mu Epsilon, Omicron Delta Kappa

Favorite Professor: Dr. John Tynan

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

I knew right before my senior year in high school. I wanted a quality education that was close to home and emphasized the small classroom environment. Marietta College was the perfect fit for me.

Favorite Marietta moment?

I’d say the summer trip to the Mediterranean with the McDonough Leadership program. We spent three weeks visiting Italy, Egypt, and Greece. It was a lot of fun, but it also opened my eyes to the different cultures that exist in this world. It was an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I’ll never forget.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

I was a commuter student, so I lived at home instead of on campus. I was perfectly fine with it since I had the best of both worlds. I had the same experiences and opportunities all other students had while being able to see my family every day. Most of my time was spent studying in Selby, rehearsing with ensembles, or attending club meetings. I was always busy doing something on campus, but it was definitely worth it.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta College helped me prepare for my career in several ways. First, double majoring in both computer science and math helped substantially prepare me for grad school. Since my area of emphasis was in algorithmic graph theory, both majors complemented each other very well. Second, as a professor, the inspiration for my teaching style came from some of the professors I had at Marietta College. Not only were they exceptional at teaching, but they also cared very much for their students, which made a significant difference in the success of the students.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer means several things. First, it means taking the initiative. The world is full of problems, and it’s up to us to step forward, provide solutions, and make a difference. Second, it means being passionate at what you do. When I was a student, I saw so many students become actively involved in what mattered to them the most. Having such passion is the spirit of Marietta College. Finally, it means having pride in your alma mater. During our lives, we will be given many opportunities and experiences. However, we cannot forget where it all started: at Marietta College.