TANGENT: training the next generation of elite mathematicians


Dr. Jonathan David Farley has been a Visiting Professor of Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), a Science Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Mathematics at Harvard University, and a Visiting Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Seed Magazine named Dr. Farley one of “15 people who have shaped the global conversation about science in 2005.” Dr. Farley is the 2004 recipient of the Harvard Foundation’s Distinguished Scientist of the Year Award, a medal presented on behalf of the president of Harvard University in recognition of “outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of mathematics.” The City of Cambridge, Massachusetts (home to both Harvard University and MIT) officially declared March 19, 2004 to be “Dr. Jonathan David Farley Day.”

In 2001-2002, Dr. Farley was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar to the United Kingdom. He was one of only four Americans to win this award in 2001-2002. Dr. Farley obtained his doctorate in mathematics from Oxford University in 1995, after winning Oxford’s highest mathematics awards, the Senior Mathematical Prize and Johnson University Prize, in 1994. Dr. Farley graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1991 with the second-highest grade point average in his graduating class. (He earned 29 A’s and 3 A-’s.)

Mira Alden, MFA, is a multifaceted professional with expertise in design, business, marketing, consultative sales, and visual communications. She is currently Principal of Proximity, Inc., a mobile apps design and marketing studio headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey. Alden graduated summa cum laude from the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she received a full academic scholarship and over 30 merit-based awards. Post-graduation, she spent six months as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Salamanca, Spain. She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), ranked #1 in graphic design graduate programs in the United States.

Ms. Alden started her first company at age 21 and received both national and international awards for her innovative textile designs. In Honolulu, Hawaii, she worked for the University of Hawaii Intersections Visiting Artists Program bringing contemporary artists and designers to the island and for The Contemporary Museum (now the Honolulu Museum of Art). In New York City, Alden worked for five years producing technologically driven multimedia visual communications solutions at MJM Creative Services (WPP Group). In Portland, Maine, she served as the Design Director at Maine College of Art (MECA) where she guided the school’s rebranding efforts. She recently served as Marketing Communications Manager at Nypro, Inc./Radius Product Development in Boston, MA serving internal clients in 14 countries. Her client list includes top international pharmaceutical, technology, manufacturing, and higher education clients. She she has acted as instructor, thesis adviser, and critic at RISD and MECA and as a collaborator at the Rutgers Business School


Dr. Tony Harkin is Director of the Center for Applied & Computational Mathematics at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University after graduating from Boston University with a Ph.D. in Mathematics.

Dr. Harkin and Dr. Farley work for Hollywood Math and Science Film Consulting (www.hollywoodmath.com). This company has received coverage in the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the Chicago Tribune, many other papers in the United States and Canada, the Daily Telegraph (the British newspaper with the highest circulation), the Times Higher Education Supplement in Great Britain, BBC Radio's "Midweek" program, Reader's Digest in Canada, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio, Comcast's Nitebeat (which reaches 6.2 million homes) and numerous websites, including the main page of Yahoo.com and Slash-dot.

Dr. Héctor Rosario is a professor of mathematics at the University of Puerto Rico (Mayagüez) and holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is a co-editor of Mathematics and Its Teaching in the Southern Americas, an anthology of the history of mathematics education in 17 nations in the Americas. He is also a member of the advisory board of the National Association of Math Circles and the representative for Puerto Rico in the Inter-American Committee of Mathematics Education (CIAEM).

Although equity issues have been a central part of Dr. Rosario’s life since his days as a student activist, co-authoring the Puerto Rico chapter for the anthology has made him think more deeply about issues of gender equity.

Mr. Sean Heberling, CFA, is President of Marion Street Capital, a boutique investment firm employing a mathematical approach to security selection. He is a Director at the Global Interdependence Center, an organization that is headquartered inside the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and whose mission is to reduce international conflicts and improve worldwide living standards. He is also a Director at the CFA Society of Philadelphia, a member Society of the CFA Institute, the preeminent organization for Finance professionals. The CFA Institute is currently spearheading an initiative to encourage young women to pursue careers in Finance, an industry that has consistently demonstrated unusually poor participation rates for women.  Mr. Heberling has also held various positions in Finance for such organizations as Morgan Stanley, BNY Mellon, and Navigant Consulting. Mr. Heberling studied Finance at Villanova University, where he received a full four-year Presidential academic scholarship to this institution that Bloomberg recently rated the top undergraduate business school in the country, and he studied Mathematics at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Mr. Heberling currently teaches various topics in Finance and Math to professionals studying for all three levels of the CFA Exams.