Dr. Jen McIntosh is a UCI alum who started at the National Security Agency (NSA) over 15 years ago as an Applied Research Mathematician. Her journey with NSA has been typically atypical, in that most mathematicians have a world of choice and opportunities to explore as interests and mission needs evolve - whether math-y or not.
Currently she is in the Senior Technical Development Program (STDP), a mid- to late-career program designed to foster expertise in areas of strategic importance to the Agency. Her current passion is bridging math, psychology, business, and other areas that make up decision science - enhancing decision-making with information and data.
She'll talk a little about her journey, the diversity of mathematical fields she's practiced (from common sense to cryptanalysis), and she'll dedicate most of the time for questions about life at NSA and the wealth of career opportunities for mathematicians at any phase of their careers.