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"Without a doubt, the opportunity to publish in a refereed journal as an undergraduate greatly helped my chances in getting into the IE/OR program at Penn State. While at Penn State I found that the rigorous math background from Marietta College had prepared me very well, and I was more than prepared for the coursework at Penn State. "

Casey Trail

Graduation Year: 2005
Major: Mathematics

Technomics Inc.
Cost Analyst
Arlington, Virginia

Casey came to Marietta College in the Fall of 2001 as a member of the MC rowing team and a Sports Medicine Major. In his first semester, under the guidance of Dr. Mark Miller, he switched his major to Mathematics and haven't looked back. While at MC he participated in the Honors program, and during the summer of 2004, he stayed at MC as part of the summer scholars program working with Dr. Miller on graph theory problems. The result of that research was a paper published in The Bulletin of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications. In 2005 Casey attended the Joint Mathematics meeting in Atlanta, GA, with Dr. Tynan, the Menzels, and 4 other MC math students. While at MC he presented at the undergraduate poster session of the 2005 Joint Mathematics meeting and the 2005 MAA sectional meeting in Oxford, Ohio.

Upon graduating from Marietta College in 2005 Casey began attending the masters program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While at Miami he received his MS in Mathematics 2007 and in that same year he met his wife, Jessica. Upon graduating from Miami he began the PhD program in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at The Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State he held an assistantship at Penn State's Applied Research Lab working on projects funded through the Office of Naval Research. Casey's dissertation topic and research interests involve multiobjective optimization, discrete optimization and scheduling.

In May of 2012 Casey began working a Technomics Inc. as a cost analyst, where the analytical and critical thinking skills that he developed at Marietta College have served him well.

While at Marietta College Casey was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity which provided him with many healthy (and some unhealthy) distractions from his mathematics studies.

In the summer of 2004 Casey's father passed away suddenly. Dr. Tynan drove to the wake (in Pittsburgh) and a week or so later Dr. Miller and his wife visited Casey's family to express their condolences. That sort of personal connection with professors is a real asset to the MCIS department.

When attending Miami University Casey met and fell in love with a statistics MS student named Jessica. They both attended PhD programs at Penn State (she in Statistics) and in October of 2010 they got married. They are living in Arlington, VA while finishing their PhDs.

Advantages of attending MCIS
"Compared to other programs at MC? The professors in the MCIS present a rigorous curriculum that develops students' critical thinking and reasoning skills in a way that no other major can.

Compared to similar programs at other schools? Attending the MCIS program at Marietta College provides students with the opportunity to learn from passionate, motivated, and talented instructors with a heartfelt focus on education. Of the 3 colleges/universities I have attended, I can say that the focus on undergraduate education at MCIS is truly exceptional."

Favorite MCIS memory:
"I have so many fond memories of Marietta College's MCIS department...The time spent with Dr. Miller, Dr. Tynan and students like Danielle Cisler and Jason Ellis makes it hard to name something specific. Presenting my honors thesis to the entire MCIS department, representatives from the honors program, current math students and all of my fraternity brothers was a great day."

How has the MCIS program benefited your career?
"Without a doubt, the opportunity to publish in a refereed journal as an undergraduate greatly helped my chances in getting into the IE/OR program at Penn State. While at Penn State I found that the rigorous math background from Marietta College had prepared me very well, and I was more than prepared for the coursework at Penn State. "

Advice for current or prospective MCIS students:
"Take all of the classes in your major. Once you've taken all of them try to do an independent study in an area of study that you like. But with that being said, try to take advantage of the liberal arts education available at Marietta College. Branch out a little and take a few courses in the humanities or 'soft' sciences if you can.

Biggest of all: go to graduate school. Marietta prepares you well for it and if you are in the MCIS department you'll likely be able to go for free through an assistantship."

Sample Projects:
"My assistantship at Penn State had me working on a project entitled "Dynamic Space-time Clustering of Multi-source Assets For Early Localization of Mines." It involved the development of scheduling methods for Navy equipment (ships, aircraft, man hours, etc.) in the completion of missions Mine Countermeasure missions. The project was through the Information Science & Technology division at the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State. "

 
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