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SIAM Industry Panel Discussion: From Applied Mathematicians to Entrepreneurs

Date and Time: 11:00 am—1:00 pm (ET) on October 20, 2020 

SIAM is hosting a discussion, moderated by Lalitha Venkataramanan, that will feature panelists from different companies who will share their experiences from being applied mathematicians to starting their own companies. They will share their career paths, the challenges in their jobs and offer advice to future ‘would-be’ applied math entrepreneurs. The panel will be followed by a break-out room mixer with the speakers and other industry VIPs.

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Marina Brockway

Dr. Marina Brockway is a Founder and Chief Technology Officer of VivaQuant. She has worked in several Fortune 500 and emerging companies that manufacture implantable and wearable medical devices. Marina has a broad range of experiences in the medical device industry spanning from early concept development to commercialization of medical technology. Marina is named as an inventor on 80 issued patents and founded VivaQuant, a digital health company focused on commercializing wearable devices for improved medical management of patients with cardiac arrhythmias and chronic cardiovascular disease. VivaQuant has commercialized the smallest cellular-enabled heart monitor. This device uses VivaQuant’s proprietary advanced signal processing technology to provide highly accurate diagnostics combined with patient comfort and ease of use for patients and clinics. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, M.S. in Physiology and MBA. 

Dr. John Burke

Dr. John Burke is Co-founder, CEO, and President of Applied BioMath. His previous experience includes: Global Head of Systems Modeling at Boehringer Ingelheim; Co-Scientific Director of the Cell Decision Processes Center at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals; Systems Biology Department at Harvard Medical School; and Sr. Postdoctoral Fellow in the Biological Engineering Department at MIT. While at MIT and HMS, John provided systems consulting or advising for various companies. His research interests include singularly and randomly perturbed differential equations, bifurcation theory, and applying dynamical systems theory in human disease. He periodically teaches graduate courses at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and at HMS, and is on the advisory boards for several universities. John holds a B.S. and M.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Arizona State University. 

Dr. Allen Butler

Dr. Allen Butler has served as President and CEO at Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc. since 2008. Throughout his career, Allen has served as the principal investigator for Department of Defense R&D projects involving a variety of mathematical disciplines as applied to areas such as tracking, track correlation, data fusion, and search optimization. He has been involved in the development and implementation of optimal search techniques for several projects. 

John is an INFORMS Fellow and VP of Practice, is on the Industrial Advisory Board of the Physics and Computer Science Department of Christopher Newport University, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation, and is also a visiting lecturer for SIAM. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (1987). 

Suhail Farooqui

Suhail Farooqui is the Chief Executive Officer of K12 Insight, a provider of research, customer service and community engagement solutions for K-12 schools. He co-founded the company to meet the emerging need for stakeholder engagement in public schools. Prior to K12 Insight, Suhail was senior vice president of engineering at VitalSpring Technologies, an early-stage company providing technology-based solutions to employers to control soaring costs of healthcare while improving the quality of care. VitalSpring Technologies was backed by MicroStrategy, a leader of Business Intelligence software where Suhail worked as a senior program manager building innovative solutions to decongest highway traffic. Suhail started his career as a research scientist with Schlumberger where he conducted experiments in magnetic resonance imaging and micro-gravity measurements. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals. 


Lalitha Venkataramanan

Dr. Lalitha Venkataramanan is a Scientific Advisor and Program Manager of the Automated Log Interpretation program in the Modeling and Interpretation department at Schlumberger Doll Research, Boston. She is the Associate Editor for NMR-Petrophysics. She is regional distinguished speaker for SPWLA for 2018- 19. She is on the board of SIAM, 2020- 2021 chair of NSERC as well as steering committee member at Business-Industry- Government Math network. Her current interests include machine learning, mathematical modeling and inversion, optimization, probability and stochastic processes. Trained as an Electrical Engineer, Lalitha obtained her M.S and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University in 1998. She has co-authored more than 40+ peer-reviewed publications and has over 24 granted US patents and 18 pending patent applications.

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This event is organized by the SIAM Industry Committee and hosted by SIAM.

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