Careers in Mathematics

April 27th, 2021

In this virtual TED style talk you will have the opportunity to learn about trending careers in mathematics and related fields. Learn from UCLA alumni professionals and identify career paths that utilize your mathematics training.

Below is an overview of each speaker and a recording of the event. This is a joint collaboration between the UCLA Department of Mathematics and the UCLA Career Center. For questions, please contact

Rand Waltzman

RAND Corporation

Dr. Rand Waltzman has created, planned and managed major research and development programs (> $100 M) on the application of massive scale data analytics in the areas of insider threat detection and social media. He is currently Deputy Chief Technology Officer at RAND Corporation. Previous positions include CTO (acting) and Associate Director of Research of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, Program Manager at DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), Chief Scientist in the Distributed Systems Lab of Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories and Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. His 41-year career in Artificial Intelligence started in 1983 as a Knowledge Engineer at Teknowledge Corporation, the world’s first commercial Artificial Intelligence company.

Wendy Chou Le

ROI Science Lab

Wendy Chou Le, UCLA ’88 BS in Math Applied Science/Computer Science. Wendy is the principle consultant at ROI Science Lab, and currently serves full time as the Digital Growth Lead for HOMEPOP, a leading accent furniture brand across major retail channels including Amazon, Wayfair, and Target. Her favorite motto: I thrive on helping stakeholders make informed decisions through data to grow their business and improve profits. Wendy lives in the Inland Empire with her UCLA alumni husband and their 12-yr old son. She and her husband first came to know each other in Math 32H in their freshmen year and met again by the now defunct Lecture Notes.

Robert Hannah

Citadel Securities

Robert Hannah moved from Australia to complete a PhD in mathematics at UCLA, specializing in parallel optimization. After interning at Microsoft and Microsoft research, he accepted a position as a quantitative researcher at Citadel Securities, one of the largest market makers in the world. He currently works there in the portfolio optimization team, where he uses a combination of mathematics, data science, programming, and machine learning to optimize medium-term trading strategies.

Emily Surrell

Resolution Economics

Emily recently graduated from UCLA in June 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics with a Specialization in Computing. Since her graduation, she has been employed with Resolution Economics, where she analyzes employer data related to class action lawsuits such as meal and rest break, off-the-clock work, and regular rate of pay claims.  Her work is often used in expert reports that Courts rely on when reaching legal conclusions. Outside of work, Emily enjoys baking cookies, taking ballet barre classes on Zoom, and knitting.

*Only two out of the four speakers were recorded. For questions about the two speakers not previewed, please contact Thank you.