UD Math Alumni Elizabeth Jones works for the Department of Defense,
making our soldiers safer by analyzing their technical needs.
"I studied mathematics because I have always enjoyed mathematics.
It has never come easily for me, although probably easier to me than
some others, but I like the challenge and the satisfaction that
comes from learning and knowing something extremely difficult. UD
is a beautiful school with many opportunities educationally and
socially--choosing UD was not a hard decision for me. I entered UD
as "undeclared". I knew that I wanted to study math, but I was
afraid of attempting a major in pure math so thought I would try my
hand at accounting. Accounting is NOT for me. After learning that
nice little fact, I quickly got over my fear and declared math. I
received my B.S. in Mathematics from UD in 2002 and began a job with
the Department of Defense shortly after. So, what do I do with my
math degree? By title, I am an operations research analyst, but
what do I really do? I am a problem solver. I work for the US
soldier. I work with the Army's intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance assets to determine which assets the DoD should or
should not acquire and why. I model sensors and their performance
in various environments and against various targets. I receive new
and challenging tasks every day and use my background in mathematics
to help find a solution. I like my job and I like that I am doing
something to make a difference. And I would not be able to do it
without my math degree."