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Life After ICME

ICME graduates go on to work in a wide range of specializations, including these, just to name a few:  

• software • start-ups • higher education • engineering • finance 

• high-performance computing • consulting • high-tech • energy/oil and gas 

• national labs • scientific computing • government research

ICME alumni-entrepreneurs recently spoke at a seminar on big math in  start-ups-- see the video on the ICME studio channel.
Keep scrolling to read more about ICME alumni. 

John Gunnar Carlsson, PhD '09

John Gunnar Carlsson is an assistant professor at the University of Southern California in the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He received his PhD from the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME) at Stanford University in 2009 under Yinyu Ye and his A.B. in mathematics and music from Harvard College in 2005. Carlsson works on algorithms for solving problems in continuous location theory, and more generally, optimization problems that have some kind of geographic element. His research is supported by DARPA, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation, and the US Department of Transportation, and he was previously supported by an NSF GOALI grant, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and the Boeing Company. A YouTube video of one of his papers.

What have you been up to since your ICME days?  / What are you working on now? After I graduated in 2009, I joined the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Minnesota; I stayed there until 2015, when I moved to USC....

Esteban Arcaute, PhD '10

Esteban D. Arcaute was born in Mexico City, and earned a Ph.D. and a M.S. from Stanford University in Computational and Mathematical Engineering. He also holds two other masters, one in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Supeléc (France) and one in Applied Mathematics from the Université de Metz (France). 

He is currently the Sr. Director and Head of Data Science, Category Development, at @WalmartLabs. Prior to that, he was at Adchemy Inc. (acquired by @WalmartLabs) where he held several positions, from Research Scientist, to Sr. Director and Head of Research. 

Esteban has been actively working on the foundations of electronic commerce since 2005, first as an academic researcher, publishing over 10 peer reviewed publications with over 15 researchers; then as an industrial researcher and thought leader. His current interests span from learning and control systems with a human in the loop, to advanced analytics and experimentation.

What are you working on now? I am currently the head of Data Science for Category Development @WalmartLabs. Category Development @WalmartLabs encompasses all technology used for deciding which products to carry on our e-commerce properties, how to present them to users, and how to price them.

Irina Kalashnikova, PhD '11

I have been a senior member of technical staff at Sandia national lab in Albuquerque, NM since October 2011.  I am part of the computational mathematics department at Sandia.  I have had the pleasure to work on a number of interesting projects, from model reduction to quantum computing to computational modeling of land ice for the prediction of sea level rise.  I spend my free time hiking (New Mexico is a great place for that!) and traveling.  I also enjoy photography, which these two hobbies enable. 

Paul Constantine, PhD '09

Paul G. Constantine is the Ben L. Fryrear Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Colorado School of Mines.

What are you working on now? My upcoming book 'Active Subspaces: Emerging Ideas for Dimension Reduction in Parameter Studies' is in preproduction now and it will be out in March. I'm preparing promotional materials and the website for the book, which will include additional examples and Python scripts for running the algorithms. I spend most of my time working on active subspaces--either analyzing specific algorithms or applying the methods to science and engineering problems.

Josh Tennefoss, MS '15

Everyday there are an uncountable number of changes that happen in the world. At Planet Labs we aim to image the entire surface of the earth everyday via satellites to track these changes. Our goal is to make the world a better place to live. 

Using the toolbox from ICME’s core classes including CME305, I was able to develop algorithms to detect city centers and their movements over time, detect agriculture health, automatically find the signal-to-noise ratios of our images, and create a new high-speed image matching program, among others.

Each of the previous applications sit heavily on the mathematics that I learned in ICME. Without understanding numerical limitations these algorithms would not scale. Without understanding multivariate optimization they would not work. And without a foundational knowledge of discrete math they would not exists. All of these together allowed me to help Planet Labs take a tiny step towards making the world a more knowledgable and sustainable place. 

Daniel Korenblum, MS '09

Soon after graduating from ICME, I joined a self-funded DNA sequencing startup developing nanopore array microchips as their third employee. We obtained a series A funding round from Life Technologies in 2011, purchased an exclusive license for Dr. Ju's NanoTag chemistry for nanopore sequencing from Columbia University in 2012, and established a full time collaboration with Columbia and Harvard Medical School resulting in a 3-year $5.25M NHGRI grant in 2013. Recently, we have obtained our first proof of principle sequencing results using the NanoTag approach, and are on track to release a beta product next year.

In addition to working at Genia, I founded a self-funded startup in 2012. GAMEPREZ is a 3-sided marketplace serving game developers, gamers, and businesses. Our primary hypotheses are that 1) gamers want new types of games, 2) developers need better tools for deployment and distribution, and 3) that businesses want more tools for crowdsourcing and game-driven advertising. We're building a minimum viable product to test these hypotheses, providing tools for developers and cash prizes for high scores. Crowdsourcing the future of gaming: beyond entertainment.... Get paid to play!

Hui Jiang, PhD '09

I am currently an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan. My research areas are Computational Statistics and Statistical Genomics. I enjoy playing sports and traveling as hobbies.

Joel Franklin, PhD '03

I work on modified theories of gravity primarily, but have also done research on nonlinear versions of E&M (Born-Infeld) and nonlinear couplings in quantum mechanics (Born-Infeld and gravity).  I have also published expository articles on general relativity and E&M.  I'm currently working on a new book in which each chapter consists of a single physical configuration, and as the chapter progresses, more and more physical elements are introduced, complicating the problem but making its solution more and more general.  I play drums in a band that just put out a 7" EP (on vinyl, of course).

Huang-Wei Chang, PhD '13

I am a software engineer at Google; my work is to improve the overall Google experience by removing spam & abuse on Google’s websites. The projects I am involved in include design and implementation of spam & abuse detection and analysis tools for both engineers and analysts. Besides my job, I love to discuss with people about how to solve various real-world problems by innovative and data-driven approaches especially on topics about healthier food and better healthcare (those topics are also closely related to my Ph.D. research, which is about biomedical data mining).

I am a regular jogger and jogged almost everyday when I lived at Stanford. I still go back to Stanford for jogging very often during weekends. One of my new hobbies after graduation is playing programmable robots and drones (I bought an AR.Drone and a couple small ones during the 2013 Thanksgiving), and my goal is to make a drone that can be my jogging partner.

Sergey Koltakov, PhD '13

Currently I’m heading a research department at a solar PV monitoring and analytics company. To get there, I had to switch gears from hydrodynamics to atmospheric sciences, from Matlab to R, and from C++ to Scala. With the solar PV market explosion, the amount of data my company is collecting is growing exponentially so I also had to become a part-time data scientist. Making sense of all this data to empower our customers is a very challenging, yet fascinating task.

Whenever I have time outside of work, I try to play tennis, which, in fact, I had picked up at Stanford in the final years of my Ph.D. trying to manage stress and enjoy California weather.

Wei Li, MS '11

I’m working is GF Futures as a quantitative investment researcher, and my daily work is to analyze historical data to identify profitable trading signals.