A team of Ripon College faculty has received a National Science Foundation grant of $297,715 for the project “Building Capacity for Interdisciplinary Quantitative Reasoning Instruction.” […]
Meet McKenzie Lamb
- Ph. D. Mathematics, University of Arizona
- B.A. Mathematics, Beloit College
I’m a mathematician by training. My dissertation and first published paper focused on Poisson Lie theory, which combines elements of algebra and differential geometry. In recent year, however, I have pivoted toward more applied topics–board game analysis, gerrymandering, applications of machine learning, for example. As a consequence, the tools I use have shifted from abstract arguments to computer simulations. I am especially interested in how Monte Carlo simulations, optimization algorithms, and machine learning techniques can be applied to real-world situations. I am also interested in how graphical representations of data can be used to support quantitative reasoning.
In my spare time, I enjoy challenging myself by trying new activities for which I have no natural ability. Recently, I have taken up long distance longboarding, and the fact that I am not good at it only increases my motivation. I also enjoy skate skiing, rock climbing, and mountain biking.
What tech tool could you not live without? I certainly could not live without programming languages such as Python and Julia.
What is something your students would be surprised to learn about you? For the first half of my college career, I was a philosophy major.
What teaching and learning techniques work best for you? Nearly all of the insights I have gained over the years have been carefully constructed by making mistakes.
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