Mathematician Andrew Beveridge enjoys introducing students to the vital and organic world of research mathematics. He also brings six years of Silicon Valley industry experience to his classroom.

Hometown: New York City

Education: BA Williams College; MS and PhD Yale University

Teaches: Combinatorics, Algebraic Structures, Linear Algebra

Research interests: Strategy and randomization on networks. Recently, I’ve been studying a pursuit evasion game, and the rendezvous problem in which two robots try to find one another. Plus I always have some random-walk problem kicking around, too.

How to succeed in mathematics: Perseverance and creativity. You also need a strong knowledge base and productive problemsolving strategies.

Why Mac for mathematics: In addition to being great educators and researchers, our faculty members are approachable, friendly people, who also want to engage students as people.

Conventional wisdom: Mathematics is the science of patterns. Sometimes it is better to take a step back and look for the similarities. Called “abstraction,” this helps identify the essence of a problem, avoiding the distraction of minute details.

Currently reading: Embassytown by China Mieville

A perfect Saturday afternoon: Doing something outside with my wife and daughters. In the summer, we like to go biking. Last winter, we successfully made a full igloo.

Free time: Volleyball. I play in a city league and in pickup games with the Mac Volleyball Club.

People would be surprised to know: I used to be an indie rock ‘n‘ roller. I almost quit grad school to try to make it big.

January 31 2012

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