Lean Out: Connecting Outside the Ivory Tower


Wednesday, March 27, 2019


5:00 pm


Rockefeller Hall 300-Auditorium

Suzanne Weekes of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute gives the Henry Seely White Math Talk:
“Lean Out: Connecting Outside the Ivory Tower”

Professor of Mathematical Sciences Suzanne Weekes will discuss some of the research and educational partnerships she has been involved in that actively connect faculty and students directly with industry and have allowed them to engage in research on industrial issues. Professor Weekes will also give examples of some industrial research problems that student teams have tackled, discuss some of the skills that are needed to be successful working with and in the industry, explore the challenges one may face when working with corporate partners, and present a summary of some of the lessons that have been learned over the years in these collaborations. Her technical lecture, A Multi-compartment Mathematical Model of Cancer Stem Cell Driven Solid Tumor Growth Dynamics, will take place on March 29, 2019 at 3:00 PM. In this, Professor Weekes will delineate the methods she used to conduct mathematical and numerical investigations of the dynamics of the interactions between stem and non-stem cancer cells.

Suzanne Weekes is the Chair of the Education Committee of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Professor Weekes co-directs the national PIC Math (Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematical Sciences) Program, and she is a founding co-director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Undergraduate Program (MSRI-UP). Suzanne Weekes is also the recipient of the 2019 Humphreys Award for Mentoring from the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Sponsored by the Mathematics and Statistics Department

Diane Winkler

Mathematics Department