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building diversity in the mathematical sciences

Building Diversity in the Mathematical Sciences

Pamela J. Williams


Supply Chain Management Group

5 March 2013

what is diversity
What is diversity?
  • Variety, multiformity (
  • A commitment to recognizing and appreciating the variety of characteristics that make individuals unique. (
  • Multiformity at LMI
    • The staff
    • The problem
    • The mathematical skills
    • The job
  • Appreciation of what makes individuals unique
    • Organizations
    • Conferences/Workshops
    • INFORMS opportunity
lmi s 50 years of public service
LMI’s 50 Years of Public Service

Our roots in government run deep with an uncompromising mission of public-service.

Founded in 1961 by Secretary Robert McNamara under the Kennedy Administration.

“… to bring the best minds to bear on solving our government’s most complex management problems.”

Who We Are… Providing independent analysis and practical solutions to the challenges facing government managers….
  • Not-for-profit strategic consulting firm
  • Voted one of the 2012 Best Places to Work in Greater Washington DC
lmi staff
LMI Staff
  • Background
    • Former military personnel
    • Former government personnel
    • Computer scientists
    • Engineers
    • Mathematicians
the problem
The problem

Large forecast errors, excessive inventory or backorders

The right mix of items on the shelf at the right time.

LMI inventory level setting methods

Frequent DemandHigh Variability

Infrequent Demand

the preferred skill set
The preferred skill set
  • C++
  • Inventory control theory
  • Statistics
  • Optimization
  • Mathematics
the job wearing multiple hats
The job – Wearing multiple hats
  • Project lead
    • Manage schedule and budget
    • Provide technical expertise
    • Interact with clients
      • Formal briefings on complex results(in layman terms)
      • Technical Meetings
    • Write project proposals
  • Team member
    • Write simulation code using C++
    • Analyze data
    • Summarize results for project lead
organizations with focus on diversity
Organizations with focus on diversity
  • Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC)
    • Sending Students to Conferences
  • National Council for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT)
    • Women in IT: The Facts
    • Mentoring in a Box: Women Faculty in Computing
organizations with focus on diversity cont d
Organizations with focus on diversity (cont’d)
  • Centers for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology (CMD-IT)
    • Job and scholarship opportunities
    • Listing of events and workshops
  • Building Diversity in Sciences
    • Original focus on biomedical field
    • Mentoring opportunities for minority students in the Bay Area
conferences workshops with focus on diversity
Conferences/Workshops with focus on diversity
  • 2013 Grace Hopper Computing Conference
    • October 2-5, 2013 Minneapolis, MN
    • Program submissions due March 15, 2013.
  • 2014 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference
    • February 5-8, 2014 Seattle, WA
    • Scholarships for students to attend
  • NSF-Sponsored Academic Workshop in Computing for Underrepresented Ethnic Minorities and People with Disabilities
    • Proposal writing workshops/senior grad students/jr. faculty
informs professional colloquium
INFORMS Professional Colloquium
  • Deadline – Monday, March 11, 2013
  • Targeted at graduate students seeking positions in industry
  • Designed to help the participants transition into a successful industry career
  • Workshop consists of talks, panel discussions, and role play sessions
  • Held Sunday, April 7, in San Antonio, TX
  • (Must be nominated by department or program)
contact information
Contact Information

Pamela J. Williams

[email protected] - Career Opportunities