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University of Hartford to Host “Beyond the Binary” Mathematics Conference April 27

Posted 03/22/2019
Posted by Mary Ingarra

Beyond the Binary, an inclusive conference designed to promote gender diversity in mathematics and explore math-related career opportunities, will be hosted by the University of Hartford on Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the University’s Gengras Student Union and Dana Hall.

The full-day free conference is designed to demonstrate the breadth of math-related career paths that exist and to showcase some of the people who are pursuing those careers. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2017, women hold only 25 percent of math-related jobs even though women make up almost half of the workforce.

Registration for the day is free and open to high school students, parents, and teachers, as well as current college undergraduate and graduate students. The day will include a networking session with representatives from MassMutual, The Travelers, The Hartford, and additional companies that can connect attendees to internship and employment opportunities. Guest speakers and panelists will discuss current and future academic and industrial opportunities. Undergraduate and graduate student attendees are encouraged to show their work and research in a poster session that can be indicated during registration

Guest speakers:

Karamatou A. Yacoubou Djima is an assistant professor of mathematics at Amherst College and grew up between Cote d'Ivoire, Togo, and Benin before moving to the United States to attend the City University of New York. Djima studied electrical engineering and mathematics as an undergraduate and focused on applied harmonic analysis in particular diffusion geometries, and machine learning in graduate school, and currently works on projects involving biomedical imaging.

Emily Willson is a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago with research interests in adversarial machine learning, applied security, and cryptocurrencies. Willson has worked as a mathematician for the Department of Defense

Panelists Discussing Careers in Mathematics:

Kayla DePara is a 2018 graduate of the University of Hartford with a BA in mathematics and works for the Segal Group as a Retiree Health Analyst.

Aimee DeLong ASA, MAAA, is an associate vice president and actuary at MassMutual. DeLong graduated from the University of Hartford in 2005 with a BS in mathematics.

Matt Lamoureux PhD is manager of analytics and research at The Travelers and focuses on predictive modeling for personal auto pricing. 

Sean Meehan is vice president and head of Commercial Lines Business Intelligence at The Hartford and leads a team that has key responsibilities for business intelligence data strategy, insight delivery, and augmented analytics. Meehan earned an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Megan Sawyer PhD is an associate professor of mathematics at Southern New Hampshire University, receiving a PhD in Applied Mathematics at North Carolina State University in 2013. Sawyer’s main area of research is physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modeling (a subset of differential equations-based compartmental modeling). 

Noelle Sawyer is a fifth-year math PhD student at Wesleyan University studying geometry and dynamical systems. 

The Beyond the Binary conference is sponsored by the University of Hartford’s College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Fund, University of Hartford’s Provost’s Office, The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), IAS Women and Mathematics Program, and philanthropist Lisa Simonyi. Conference organizers are University of Hartford Assistant Professors of Mathematics Alicia Marino and Hwayeon Ryu, and undergraduate mathematics majors Zaria Santos ’20, I’ana Johnson ’21, and Kelly Insalaco ’22.

To see the full conference schedule and to register, visit The registration deadline is April 1. Space is limited so early registration is advised. If you have questions, email