I graduated from Gordon with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science. During my junior year, I took a class called Mathematical Modeling for Industry, which showed me the huge potential within data analysis. Applying mathematical theories to solve business problems using the computer was fascinating to me.
After graduating, I started working as a financial analyst at EBSCO Information Services in Ipswich, Massachusetts. It is among the biggest information providers to academic, medical and corporate users. One of our most famous products is EBSCO Host, a research platform that many academic institutions use, including Gordon College.
My primary responsibilities are to interpret the financial data collected from EBSCO’s revenues and expenses and to present this information as a meaningful story to the company’s various departments. Another big part of my job is to clean the data, which allows each department to make better decisions based on our insights.
I graduated from Gordon with a double major in Mathematics and Secondary Education. I spent a few months teaching high school math before changing directions and enrolling in the Master’s program at UConn with a concentration in actuarial science. I now work as an actuarial analyst at The Hartford. In my current role, I am responsible for compiling, analyzing, and communicating diagnostic information about personal auto insurance claims. I also have the privilege of being trained in predictive modeling techniques and programming in R; these skills make us smarter about how we attempt to “look into the future” of insurance claims.
Lauren graduated from Gordon with a double major in Mathematics and Secondary Education, along with a minor in Music. Lauren considered teaching math at the high school level, but decided to enroll in the Pure Mathematics doctoral program at the University of New Hampshire immediately after her time at Gordon. After graduating from UNH with her Ph.D. in May 2017, she began teaching at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. Along with teaching undergraduates mathematics, she is continuing her research in operator theory.
Jane graduated with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science. She works for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems as a Systems Engineer. Jane’s roles have included system performance analysis, analysis tools development, requirements management, and systems architecture development. As part of her commitment to leadership in the workplace, Jane recently completed an advanced degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering Leadership at Northeastern University.
Jeff graduated with a degree in Mathematics (with honors) and a minor in Computer Science. He is currently working for Breuer & Co., a software company in Massachusetts specializing in private school management software. His work includes creating various web applications, server and database administration, and figuring out algorithms for automatic course scheduling.
Lauren describes her career trajectory and what the Gordon education means to her:
"I graduated from Gordon College with a double major in Mathematics and Secondary Education. After working as a 7th grade math teacher in Ohio for two years, I moved back to the area and have been working as a 7th grade math teacher Briscoe Middle School in Beverly, Mass. I received a Masters of Education with a concentration in Gifted Instruction in 2013 from the University of Cincinnati. My experience at Gordon taught me to not underestimate myself and this lesson impacts my classroom daily."
In his own words:
“The field of Business Intelligence (BI) represents a blend of information technology, data science and business,” says Chris Smith, who has been with Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) since 2015. “This makes every workday unique; there is very little monotony. And I’ve developed a well-rounded, data-driven skill set.”
SHP uses data to improve the quality and optimize the performance of home health providers. One of the ways it does this is through predictive analytics. “I’m currently researching ways to improve the accuracy of an algorithm that predicts the risk of a home-health patient being hospitalized in the near future. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and hospitals closely follow these kinds of hospitalization statistics, making this a crucial metric for SHP’s clients.”
Of his time at Gordon, Chris recalls a particular course, Operations Research, taught by Dr. Mike Veatch. “It demonstrated how mathematics could be used to make better business decisions,” he says. “I remember learning about how the U.S. military used operations research to determine the most efficient and effective way to move equipment and personnel to various strategic destinations. It was one of my favorite classes at Gordon, and it opened my eyes to the world of applied mathematics— which eventually led me to a career in BI.”