"Mathematics and mathematicians play important roles in product development and decision-making in industry, even though only a small percentage of mathematics Ph.D.'s work in industry," said Santosa. The symposium will give attendees a taste of what sorts of problems lead companies to hire mathematicians.
Santosa, an expert in photonics, works on simulation and design of optical devices. He will open the session with an introduction to the industrial programs at the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications. A list of other speakers and their topics follows.
Fadil Santosa, University of Minnesota, symposium organizer, 612-626-0528
Deane Morrison, University News Service, 612-624-2346; Feb. 12-16: 303-295-1234