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1999 Nathan Jakubiak says he loves being a dad to his active, two-year-old son and newborn daughter. For 12 years, he has worked

at Parasoft, where he is development manager for a product called SOAtest, an automated tool for testing SOA and web applications.

After earning a graduate degree in library science, Andromeda Yelton began work for the e-book startup Unglue It, a crowdfunding platform that finances the re-release of published books as e-books under a Creative Commons license. She also helps librarians learn how to code.

“I’ve found Maria Klawe’s advocacy of the CS Core deeply inspiring in this regard; the issues of supporting and retaining librarians in that pipeline have a lot in common with the issues Mudd has been addressing.”

2001 Karl Mahlburg is a tenure-track assistant professor at Louisiana State University, where he coaches the Putnam Exam team. He was recently

awarded his first individual NSF research grant. He has written several papers on bootstrap percolation, lying at the intersection of number theory and combinatorial probability.

2002 Michael Schubmehl is building statistical models for a high- frequency trading firm in Chicago. He and his wife, Stephanie,

recently welcomed their first child, a daughter.

Nordia (Wendy) Thomas is an assistant professor of finance at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She has a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an M.Sc. in financial mathematics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Her research interests are transaction taxes, commodities and asset pricing. “I am single with no children and wonder why

in my trek across America I—a child of the tropics—seem to be moving further and further north.”

2003 REUNION YEAR Avani (Gadani) Wildani is finishing a computer science Ph.D. in machine

learning and storage systems at UC Santa Cruz and is looking for CS faculty jobs.

In between chasing after his 1-year-old daughter, Nayeli, David Uminsky recently completed his NSF and UC President’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in the mathematics department at UCLA. Before leaving, he was

awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research for his contributions to vortex dynamics and pattern formation in self assembly processes. He now holds a tenure-track position in the mathematics department at the University of San Francisco, where he’s researching machine learning and problems in “Big Data.”

2004 Kevin Andrew entered the Dominican Order in August 2010 and is studying at Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology to become a

Roman Catholic priest.

Will Chang earned a Ph.D. in computer science from UC San Diego and moved to South Korea, where he works as a software engineer. Next is Vancouver, where he’ll start a postdoc at the University of British Columbia.

Jessica Nelson received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of South Carolina in 2011. She is now a visiting professor of mathematics at Newberry College in South Carolina.

2005 Ruben Arenas, a mathematics professor at East Los Angeles College, was awarded tenure in July. His love of learning has

compelled him to study linguistics and ancient Egyptian at UCLA and to travel to Sogang University in Seoul to study the Korean language. Other travels have included Morocco, Spain, France, Japan and various U.S. locales to visit Mudd friends.

Akemi Kashiwada and Brian Tagiku are married and live in Silicon Valley. Brian completed his Ph.D. and now works at Google. Akemi teaches at Crystal Springs Uplands School.

2006 Julijana Gjorgjieva gradu- ated from the University of Cambridge

in Cambridge, UK, with a Ph.D. from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. She is now a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Brain Science at Harvard University, working on the visual system, particularly on computations occurring in the retina.

Tracy Powell will soon complete her M.S. in mathematics at UC Irvine. She works fulltime as a product development manager and customer support manager at Drawloop Technologies.

Liam Robinson is co-founder of, a social network designed to make it easy for students to schedule study dates and larger study groups and for faculty to schedule office hours.

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