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Alumni Spotlight: Babette Benken

“I told my mom from age 5 that I was going to be a math professor.” Babette fulfilled that early childhood goal - and then some.

Currently an Association Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at California State University, Long Beach, her career path has been a long and winding adventure through the field of education. She says, “The road to getting where I am now was certainly not the journey I was on. I never dreamed I’d teach K-12 for 5 years. That experience ultimately led me to wanting to do more with teachers and to prepare teachers for their careers.”

Alumni Spotlight: Margaret Gupta

Business can be a force for good. And it should be. With this conviction in mind, Margaret co-founded Apex CoVantage in 1988, to pursue business for the right reasons, in the right way, challenging norms, and channeling the resources generated by the business to create social value. All this while creating an exciting internal environment in which employees could express their creativity to the fullest.

Alumni Spotlight: Carl de Boor

Carl de Boor is extremely humble about his accomplishments over the course of his long career in mathematics. “My contribution is relatively small; I was at the right place at the right time. I saw what needed to be done. Any competent person would have done the same thing.”

All said by the winner of the National Medal in Science in Mathematics (among many other honors) for contributions that are part of algorithms that pretty much run our world. The graphics we see, the curve of lines in the text you are reading, all of that is a function of splines, B-splines in particular, that indicate curves. Computers couldn’t operate without them, and some of the early formulas that Carl developed have become so standard that they aren’t associated with him anymore.