July 13, 2020

Alumna, COO Scales Cybersecurity Career

Megan Carter Shepherd ’94 double majored in math and computer science while also breaking records for the Mary Washington swim team. She’s now the COO of SimVentions, an engineering services company in Stafford.

Megan Carter Shepherd ’94 double majored in math and computer science while also breaking records for the Mary Washington swim team. She’s now the COO of SimVentions, an engineering services company in Stafford.

Throughout her four-year college career, Megan Carter Shepherd ’94 broke records with the Mary Washington swim team, winning championships and earning a top spot in the Capital Athletic Conference.

“Cybersecurity wasn’t even something that was discussed when I first graduated,” Shepherd said of her field, which employs only about 20 percent women, according to Cybersecurity Ventures. “Now it’s at the forefront of everything.”

But Goolrick Pool wasn’t the only place she made a splash. Double majoring in math and computer science, Shepherd dove into numbers, equations and formulas – expertise she relies on in her new role as chief operating officer of SimVentions. The Stafford-based engineering services company counts the Navy, Marine Corps and NSWC Dahlgren as customers. Protecting clients’ data, assets and information is more important than ever, she said, since many organizations have shifted to telework due to COVID-19.

She encourages those beginning their careers to secure a cybersecurity certification, like the one UMW introduced last fall. She also recommends finding a mentor and establishing relationships with professors like the ones she found at Mary Washington. Read more.

Alumna, COO Scales Cybersecurity Career

Throughout her four-year college career, Megan Carter Shepherd ’94 broke records with the Mary Washington swim team, winning championships and earning a top spot in the Capital Athletic Conference. But Goolrick Pool wasn’t the only place she made a splash. Double majoring in math and computer science, Shepherd dove into numbers, equations and formulas – […]

Alumna, COO Scales Cybersecurity Career

Throughout her four-year college career, Megan Carter Shepherd ’94 broke records with the Mary Washington swim team, winning championships and earning a top spot in the Capital Athletic Conference. But Goolrick Pool wasn’t the only place she made a splash. Double majoring in math and computer science, Shepherd dove into numbers, equations and formulas – […]

Chiang Published Article in MJM in Europe

Yuan-Jen Chiang, Professor of Mathematics, published a research article “Exponentially Harmonic Maps, Gauss Maps and Gauss Sections” in the Mediterranean Journal of Mathematics in Europe.

Professor of Mathematics Yuan-Jen Chiang

Lee Assists Fredericksburg-Area Health Officials with Charts of Local COVID-19 Cases

Associate Professor of Mathematics Leo Lee

Associate Professor of Mathematics Leo Lee

An article in The Free Lance-Star, “Fredericksburg-area health officials say ‘worst is probably still ahead of us’,” mentioned the contributions of Associate Professor of Mathematics Leo Lee, who is working with Dr. Donald Stern, acting director of Rappahannock Area Health District, to develop charts that show “the true number of new cases” locally. Health experts in Virginia have said we still have yet to see the peak and are projecting even higher numbers of diagnoses in the coming weeks. Read more.

Chiang Published Article in CVPDEs in Europe

Professor of Mathematics Yuan-Jen Chiang

Yuan-Jen Chiang, Professor of Mathematics, coauthored a research article “Exponentially Subelliptic Harmonic Maps from the Heisenberg Group into a Sphere” in the Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations by Springer in Europe. This is a joint work with Professor Sorin Dragomir with his Ph.D. student in Italy.

Konieczny Presents at Joint Mathematics Meetings

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics, gave a talk, Maximal Commutative Subsemigroups of a Finite Semigroup, at the AMS Special Session on Recent Trends in Semigroup Theory, at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, Denver Colorado, January 2020. The talks at the special session were by invitation only. Konieczny’s talk contained the research done during the sabbatical leave in the fall of 2017.

Konieczny Publishes in Journal of Algebra

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics, co-authored a research article, Conjugacy in inverse semigroups,  published in the Journal of Algebra. The journal’s website reads:

“The Journal of Algebra is a leading international journal and publishes papers that demonstrate high quality research results in algebra and related computational aspects. Only the very best and most interesting papers are to be considered for publication in the journal. With this in mind, it is important that the contribution offer a substantial result that will have a lasting effect upon the field.”

UMW Pathway Provides Grad-Level Engineering Opportunities

Thanks to a new pathway program with George Mason University, UMW students will now have the opportunity to enroll in pre-master’s courses in Mason’s Volgenau School of Engineering. Photo by Ron Aira/George Mason University.

Thanks to a new pathway program with George Mason University, UMW students will now have the opportunity to enroll in pre-master’s courses in Mason’s Volgenau School of Engineering. Photo by Ron Aira/George Mason University.

Engineers share a lot in common with superheros.

The latter leap tall buildings in a single bound, fight evil-doers and travel faster than a speeding bullet. The former design sustainable and safe infrastructure, combat cyber-crime and create signals that move at lightning speed.

UMW students aren’t caped crusaders, but they need to be prepared to tackle and solve complex problems plaguing our society. Starting in fall 2020, a new agreement with George Mason University will help them do that. Mary Washington undergraduates will have the opportunity to take graduate-level courses in Mason’s Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE) during their senior year. Students can earn up to nine credits that will be applied to their bachelor’s degree at UMW and potentially later be used toward a master’s degree in engineering at Mason. Read more. 

UMW Pathway Provides Grad-Level Engineering Opportunities

Engineers share a lot in common with superheros. The latter leap tall buildings in a single bound, fight evil-doers and travel faster than a speeding bullet. The former design sustainable and safe infrastructure, combat cyber-crime and create signals that move at lightning speed. UMW students aren’t caped crusaders, but they need to be prepared to […]