Mathematics Alumni in Operations/Administrative Careers

Amanda White '03

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I am a Power Analyst at Vermont Public Power Supply Authority (VPPSA). My main duty is Daily Resource Planning, which includes customer load and electricity price forecasting, resource scheduling, power trading, and communication with Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) and ISO-New England. Other duties include monthly billing allocations per customer as well as Power Budgets, Rate Cases, and Resource Reports.

My Saint Michael's mathematics education has helped me in many ways. The mathematics experience as a whole has equipped me with "tools" to make my job easier. It has prepared me to be more systematic in my work and has helped me find helpful relationships between numbers. Also, it has better equipped me to be a problem-solver, especially when it comes to formulas in spreadsheets.

Ryan O'Sullivan '02

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I am an Operations Analyst with Moet Hennessy USA, the champagne and cognac division of the French luxury goods company LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, working in the meatpacking district of NYC. I work with many respected brands: Hennessy, Veuve Clicquot, Belvedere, Grand Marier and Dom Perignon to name a few, coordinating shipments of our high value products that are in short supply and high demand. I also analyze information flow through our various MIS systems to ensure compatibility and to reconcile any reporting issues. My department puts our marketing team’s plans into action and supplies our sales force with accurate and timely sales goals and product availability information.

A math degree from Saint Michael's College is extremely valuable in New York City. There are so many corporate headquarters and financial institutions desperate for extremely numerically literate individuals. In the last two weeks I have indexed off of unique Database keys, inverted matrices, done a lot of isomorphism mapping, and had to find the most efficient way to pack bottles of Dom into a container. I use combinatorics, set theory, logic, a bit of calculus, and a lot of excel and SAP. A math degree from Saint Michael's is really a resume characteristic that sets you apart from every other applicant in the business world and makes employers take notice.

Brian Canavan '89

I currently serve as Senior Associate Registrar at MIT with a focus on the systems that support students, faculty and staff at the Institute. Upon graduating from St. Mike’s, I worked for the local telephone company as an Engineer before deciding to return to graduate school for a Masters in Education with a focus on Higher Education. From that point, I have spent close to 25 years working on college campuses in the areas of student life and academic administration. 

When I was recruited and hired by an SMC alumnus my senior year, I was told that my candidacy was strong due to my ability to think logically and solve complex problems coupled with leadership skills I developed in various roles on campus. As my career has progressed, the analytical skills I refined as a math major have continued to drive my interests and my work. I love working on campus but have settled into positions where I am involved in software development cycles from a business perspective. I am charged with understanding business processes across campus while at the same time having enough technical acumen to communicate with technical teams.  Indeed, I am using the same math and leadership skills in my current position that were critical in landing my first job 27 years ago.

My years at St. Mike's were foundational and strongly influenced my career path from many perspectives. Though I admit to not recalling specific proofs, theories, or even content of the different areas of math, I can confidently say that the training I received in those classes are continuously used in my day-to-day work. I am most appreciative of the opportunities provided to me by the faculty and staff at St. Mike’s, many of whom are still on campus.

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