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The purpose of this lecture series, Life Experiences in Mathematics, is to bring to campus former mathematics students to talk to Baylor's undergraduates about the importance of mathematics and how it influenced, shaped, and helped their successful careers. We thank Baylor University, and in particular Dean Lee Nordt of the College of Arts and Sciences, for funds that have made this lecture series possible.

The Department of Mathematics has two other distinguished annual lecture series, the Baylor Lecture Series in Mathematics and the Baylor Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics.

Previous Speakers: James C. Meyerhoff (2009-10), Brian Pennington (2010-11), Ray Perryman (2011-12), Michael Hosea (2012-13)

Fifth Annual Life Experiences in Mathematics Lecture

Speaker: Dr. Bonnie Ray

Dr. Bonnie Ray, Senior Manager for Data and Decision Analytics at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, will be the fifth speaker in the annual Life Experiences in Mathematics Series during her visit to Baylor University. She will be speaking at 4:00 pm on March 21, 2014 in Room 301 of the Marrs McLean Science building. The title of her lecture is "Math³ = Business Analytics".

Bonnie Ray

Bonnie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Baylor in 1985, graduating summa cum laude. During her time at Baylor, she served as president of Mu Sigma Beta, the mathematics honor society, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, and Alpha Phi Omega, and a founding member of Baylor's chapter of the Kappa Delta sorority. She went on to complete her Ph.D. in Statistics from Columbia University in 1991, supported by an Office of Naval Research graduate fellowship. After graduating from Columbia, Bonnie held a postdoctoral position at the Naval Postgraduate School before taking a tenure track position in the Department of Mathematics at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. After receiving tenure at NJIT, Bonnie moved to IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, NY as a Research Staff Member in the Business Analytics and Math Sciences department, in part to gain access to research challenges of immediate business significance. In 2006, she and her family had the opportunity to take a two year assignment in Beijing , China, during which time she held the position of Program Manager, Analytics and Optimization at IBM's China Research Lab. Currently she is Senior Manager, Data and Decision Analytics, supervising more than 30 Ph.D. researchers and software engineers developing new methods and algorithms to address the business needs of IBM and its clients in statistics, machine learning, scalable analytics, and risk and decision analysis. Bonnie is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, has over 60 refereed papers and holds 9 patents.

For a poster advertising Dr. Ray's lecture, click here.

Thursday, March 21, 2014 at 3:30 pm Marrs McLean Science 301

Title: Math³ = Business Analytics

Abstract: I will discuss the accelerating need for analytics skills across a broad set of industries, and the fundamental role mathematics plays in the statistics, operations research, and computer science disciplines that together make up the relatively new field of Business Analytics. Additionally, I will discuss the importance of problem formulation and communication to the success of any business analytics project. The ideas will be illustrated using examples of business analytic initiatives carried out at IBM Research, both with IBM clients as well as with other organizations within IBM.