Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Alumni Stories

We are proud to share some stories of our alumni's post-graduation successes. Stories can be submitted by the alumus or a faculty member at the Alumni Story Submission page.

List alumni by year or list alphabetically.

William Ely (M.A. Mathematics, 2012)

For his thesis, Ely researched a model for forecasting the price of stock options using a measure called “Credibility,” which is used in fuzzy logic and has axioms which are very slightly different from the probability measure (the title was “Pricing European Stock Options using Stochastic and Fuzzy Continuous Time Processes”). As a student, he focused on analysis, statistical programming and time-series forecasting. He currently works at BB&T in Winston-Salem as a Quantitative Analyst. His specific role is in managing “model risk,” which the banking regulators have demanded all banks do to a much larger degree following the financial crisis. Essentially, his job involves researching, testing, breaking, etc the models developed and used by other parts of the bank, and reporting on their theory, controls, deficiencies and potential improvements to the developers, executive management and regulatory bodies.

Denise Rangel (M.A. Mathematics, 2010)

My name is Denise Rangel. I graduated from UNCG in 2008 with a B.S. in Mathematics and in 2010 with a Masters degree in Mathematics as well. During my time as a graduate student at UNCG I worked under the advisement of Dr. Paul Duvall, completing my thesis entitled Elliptic curves and Factoring. Also during that time I found how much I enjoyed the research process and that I was not done learning mathematics. Currently I am a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Texas at Arlington in the PhD program. I am working on the topic of representation theory for totally reflexive modules for my dissertation. I will graduate in May 2015 which plans to continue my life in academia. I am truly grateful for the time I spent at UNCG. They lead me on a journey that took something that I just happen to be good at and also really enjoyed, turned it into a passion and in the end a career.

Qing Shi (M.A. Applied Statistics, 2009)

Qing was a Statistics graduate student at our department. Since his graduation, he worked for UNC Chapel Hill as a SAS programmer for statistical data management and statistical analysis until April 2012. Afterwards, Qing started work for PPD, one of the country's largest CRO company as a programmer in Biostatistics Division in RTP branch. His current work comprises mainly statistical analysis and tabulation of clinical trial data.

Bud Sanders (M.A. Mathematics, 1993)

Bud Sanders graduated with a BA in mathematics in 1991 and an MA in 1993. While at UNCG, he completed a thesis under the direction of Dr. Paul Duvall in the area of dynamical systems. Bud then continued his study of mathematics under the direction of Dr. Robert Daverman at the University of Tennessee where he received a Ph.D. in mathematics (topology) in 1999. He currently is the Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computational Science at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.