Career Perspectives in Mathematics Lecture, Spring 2016

Kamara Wright

Kamara Wright graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and English. Since, her career has taken her to Maryland where she is an Operations Research Analyst in the NAVAIR Cost Department.

In Pursuit of Logic and Happiness

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Lecture: 5:00 - 6:00 pm in Avery Hall 347
Reception: 4:15 in Avery Hall 348.

Kamara Wright came to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln campus as a freshman in the fall of 2008. It was only logical that, with 17 UNL Math credits already under her belt, she would major in Mathematics. Deciding to add an English major—that was for fun. She didn’t know then that her English courses would teach her numerous lessons about logic, and her Math courses would be quite the adventure.

Wright graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and English. Seeking a good mix of logic and adventure, she cast her job-search net far beyond the borders of Nebraska. Wright’s tenacity in her job search eventually landed her an interview with the Cost Department at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in Maryland; a job offer followed within the week. Noting the logic and adventure in store, Wright accepted the position as an Operations Research Analyst in the NAVIR Cost Department.

In the more than three years since, Kamara Wright has developed her cost estimation and analysis skills while working for several platforms and programs. As a participant in the Engineer and Scientist Development Program, she also received training in leadership and communication. She has found with each new assignment that challenges do arise in bringing logic to light, proving that sometimes logic itself is the adventure.

Life is about experiences and perspectives, and in this discussion, the presenter will share her experiences as a student at UNL, what worked and what didn’t. As a recruiter now on college campuses, she’ll share what traits, activities, and accomplishments she looks for when hiring, and discuss what has led to her greatest successes in career and life.

The Career Perspectives Lecture Series is funded by The Bares Family Fund for Excellence in Mathematics