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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.


Icon for: What tech tool could you not live without? I certainly could not live without programming languages such as Python and Julia.

What tech tool could you not live without? I certainly could not live without programming languages such as Python and Julia.

Icon for: 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 is something your students would be surprised to learn about you? For the first half of my college career, I was a philosophy major.

Icon for: 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.

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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Ripon receives National Science Foundation grant to study quantitative reasoning

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.” […]

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Faculty collaborate to study active learning

In the spring of 2018, I worked with a group of faculty to develop and hone student-centered teaching strategies through the Faculty Learning Community on […]

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Student/faculty research finds flaws in gerrymandering model

“From my research, I found that avoiding gerrymandering isn’t as simple as drawing straight lines in a state to make compactly shaped districts,” says Briana […]