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Are you planning to attend Statistics Day 2015?
Would you like to join Campus tour (2:00-2:45 pm)? If yes, come to Sci. 3550.
4/21/2015 22:51:59Jessica Orth2012M.S. Statistics from University of Iowa (2014)
Pursuing MPH from University of North Dakota (2016)
4/24/2015 11:27:59
Mollie Jo Poehlman Roediger
I graduated from KSU with a M.S. in Statistics in 2003. Worked at the University of MN's Coordinating Center for Biometric Research from 2003-2013 as a biostatistician on several infectious disease (primarily HIV) projects. I am currently working for Medtronic as a biostatistician on Neuromodulation (we stimulate brains, spinal cords, nerves) studies and registries.

I am also a wife, mother, and a bacon and beer enthusiast.
3805 35th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
4/24/2015 12:23:02Matt Zachman2006
2006-2008 - UMN, Twin Cities Master's Program
2008-Present - Director @ Green Tree Investment Management. I build mortgage prepayment and default forecasting models and price whole loan, MSR, and MBS transactions for an investment management company.
Cottage Grove, MN
4/24/2015 13:35:44Laura Hildreth2006
MS (2007) Applied Economics, University of Minnesota
PhD (2013) Statistics, Iowa State University
Assistant Professor of Statistics (2013-present), Montana State University
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Montana State University
PO Box 172400
Bozeman, MT 59717
4/24/2015 13:51:07Jared Schmillen1999
Here is an overview of my professional life. I am currently working for Hays Companies for over three years now. My title at Hays is a Benefits Consultant. I really enjoy working at Hays and hope to make a long career out of it. I am working towards my CEBS (Certified Employee Benefits Specialist) designation. I have completed three of the eight courses and just got my GBA (group benefits designation). I have attached my Bio and Professional head shot. Let me know if you want my resume.

In my personal life. I am married with two little girls at home. My wife LeAnna works downtown Minneapolis (only 2.5 blocks away from me) at Art Institute of Minnesota. She has been in admissions for 12 years now. Cadence will be three in May. She is potty trained now and knows all of her letters and most of her numbers up to 20. Emma just turned one year old in March. She is learning to walk and talk, and she is a great eater!
Email: jschmillen at
4/24/2015 13:56:54
Michelle Mathiason Moore
For my career information, I started working at the University of Minnesota last July. I am biostatistician in the School of Nursing. I primarily assist faculty and graduate students in research. Family wise, I have a two year old son, Elie who brings much joy to our lives. My husband, Derek, will be completing a PhD in nursing in 2016.
Michelle Mathiason Moore <>
4/24/2015 13:59:24Julie Retrum2002
A quick overview of my career. I graduated from Morris with a BA in geology, biology, and statistics and a minor in chemistry in 2002. I then completed my MS (2004) and PhD (2010) in geology at the University of Kansas. After graduate school I was awarded a National Science Foundation Earth Science Post-doctoral Fellowship that I completed at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Currently, I am a Research and Teaching Associate at the Petroleum Institute University & Research Center in the Department of Petroleum Geosciences in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. My current research focuses on reconstructing Quaternary paleoclimate records from the tropics using geochemical analyses (stable isotopes, trace metals, and Uranium/Thorium dating methods). While not a major component of my research, I do use statistics (time-series analysis) in my research to determine climate periodicities in the data records.
Dr. Julie B. Retrum
Research Associate
Department of Petroleum Geosciences
The Petroleum Institute University & Research Center
P.O. Box 2533
Abu Dhabi, UAE
4/24/2015 14:00:09David Greer2014
Since graduating, I've been working at Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines as a pricing analyst, and I've passed three actuarial exams - in addition to the two I passed while at Morris.
4/24/2015 14:01:41Meng Her2009
I did double majored in math and stats, but unfortunately or fortunately I'm currently not a data analyst. I think that what newly grads need to realize overall is that their Morris degree, especially having studied a numbers driven major like stats will go a long way in helping them be marketable in the job market. There are far more jobs that look for these majors than just the obvious data analyst or statistician.
Having graduated right after the recession in 2009, I along with many others were competing in an arena full of people with years of experience fighting over entry level positions. The best thing that has ever happened to me was having a relationship with the admissions office and getting to come back to the community for another 5 years. I realized while working in admissions with other Morris grads from different fields that the real world isn't necessarily sitting in an office writing algorithm, or data mining. There are plenty of jobs for that too, but to be able to climb up the ladder, one has to be able to learn, adapt, and network.
Studying math and stats has given me an ability to do critical thinking and problem solving. I know how to look at data and pick out what is important even if I cannot remember how to do complex multivariate analysis anymore. Having the ability to learn math and stats and gaining the logical thinking skills from it, I was able to learn other programs or learn processes easily which was a big plus during my time in Admissions and my time out of it.
I currently work for a small radio station in the Twin Cities doing sales and account management. Because of the fact that we are a small business, I have had the opportunity or was forced with the opportunity to manage others, data mining for marketing opportunities, and business analysis in processes to streamline better account management and flow. I'm tooting my horns here a bit but because of what I was able to bring to the table and was able to learn on the spot so quickly, I achieved and exceeded all my goals. I'm currently on track and will soon be training to be the sales manager in which I will hire and manage the sales team.
If one's idea of success is to absolutely work in the "field" that they studied, I would be a major failure. However, I'm making just as much if not more than some of my classmates who are in the field; I'm content with my career in sales and marketing, and have been able to climb up fast due to my ability to lead, network, learn, and problem solve. In addition to my paid services, I have also been able to volunteer my time and held positions for community based non-profits. I attribute a lot of success to the education I received at Morris.

My advice for the newly grads is to not be discouraged, especially if they are met with rejections after rejections in the job searching cycle or their graduate school applications. Work on their strength and play off of it in the interviews; every job will train you to succeed.
4/24/2015 14:04:04
Molly Goodfellow (Kloek)
I am currently a 4th year graduate student studying behavioral neuroscience at Ohio State and, as I am stuck in the wasteland that is Ohio, will be unable to attend the UMM Statistics Reunion. My research focuses on the biological mechanisms that underlie the learning and memory deficits in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders including changes in memory consolidation, synaptic plasticity, and neuroinflammation. Fortunately/Unfortunately, my experimental designs allow for adequate statistical analyses with simple correlations, ANOVAs, and regressions!

I hope that you have a lovely time at the reunion- please say hi to Engin and Jong-Min for me!
4/24/2015 15:17:39Maddie Moyer2013
Maddie's life after UMM consisted of moving across the country to Washington (the state). She then received a job offer at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) as a Systematic Reviewer. In this position, she works specifically on the Global Burden of Disease project which provides a tool to quantify health loss from hundreds of diseases, injuries, and risk factors, so health systems can be improved and disparities can be eliminated throughout the world. She mainly assists with the extraction of primary data and the publication processes. Recently, Maddie has accepted a position at Montana's Department of Public Health & Human Services as a Data Control Specialist in the Vital Statistics Analysis Unit which she will being in the next month. Oh! She also recently got engaged to another UMM Grad - Go UMM!
4/24/2015 15:20:22Peter Butler
2008 or 2009
I am happily using statistics frequently in my career and the UMM Statistics programmed has greatly helped me develop my skills in career.
I have a Master of Financial Math (2012) from the University of MN - Twin Cities.
I've worked for RBC Wealth Mgmt, US Bank, and I'm currently at Wells Fargo doing quantitative analysis. My primary responsibility is to develop and analyze predictive models to ensure that banks have sufficient capital to withstand stressed environments (recessions). Below are a few items I list on my resume:)
Develop and analyze probability of default (PD), loss given default (LGD), exposure at default (EAD), economic capital, and statistical models
Understand complex statistical and mathematical models, tests, performance, and limitations
Interpret and explain quantitative results to model owners, executive management, and non-quantitative audiences
Examine and quantify model risk, financial risk, and operational risk
Determine modeling methods for collection costs, loss forecasting models, recovery models, and calculations for resulting risk weighted assets
Rate and assess models, advise redevelopment of models when needed, and provide support for rating conclusions
Review and effectively challenge the underlying assumptions, theory, empirical evidence, and limitations of a model being validated
Conduct thorough auditing, process verification, model productionalization, and reference data reviews
Implement time series, loss ratio, regression, decision tree, and hazard models with both macroeconomic and internal risk drivers/variables
Excellent programming, writing and communication abilities
I married Rebecca Butler (also a Morris grad) in 2010. I enjoy spending time with her, playing piano/guitar in my cover band, and reading quantitative literature.
Thank you and the department for everything you've taught me. Please do keep in touch!
4/24/2015 15:24:12Cody Miller
2012 or 2013 (?)
What do you have planned? Whatever it is, I'm sure it will go a long way in inspiring wayward students to further explore the joy of stats.
The semester is winding down, but of course that means life is busier than ever. I'm wrapping up my capstone project, an analysis of Hillary Clinton's rhetoric using a tool called DocuScope, and I've got my first final tomorrow. It's a bit earlier than most, but I'll be happy to have it out of the way.
CMU has been great, but I'm ready to move back to Minnesota. I'm getting married in June, but before that, I'll be starting my job as a Research Scientist at Savvysherpa. Yay! They're a smaller company with a focus on developing products based on statistical findings, which they discover through their access to some very large databases, and I can't wait to get started. It will require a lot of creativity, and I'll get a lot of exposure to different types of statistical problems there. It's going to be a great summer!
How about you guys? What are your big goals over the summer, research or otherwise?
Have a wonderful time this weekend, and best of luck
Cody Miller <>
4/24/2015 15:31:10Lauren Paulson2007
I am currently in IT Data Storage sales, but working on a career change to Underwriting and eventually an Actuarial Science profession. Hopefully I can use my Math and Statistics background in the future.Good luck with the reunion.
4/24/2015 15:36:22Vanessa Baratta2011
I received your email a couple of weeks ago inviting me to the statistics senior seminars this year, I unfortunately will not be able to attend. You requested a quick overview of my career/life: After leaving Morris in 2011 I attended the University of Iowa, where I completed my Geoscience MS in August 2013. I then began working for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) in September 2013. I worked out of the Marshall, MN office for 6 months as a hydrologic technician, collecting and managing stream discharge measurement data across southwestern MN. In April 2014 I accepted a new position within the County Geologic Atlas unit of the MNDNR (a groundwater mapping unit in the DNR that works in partnership with the Minnesota Geologic Survey and local governments to generate groundwater resource maps), as a hydrologist working out of St. Paul. My role within the County Geologic Atlas unit is to collect and manage groundwater chemistry samples, generate maps and cross-sections of where groundwater resources are located across a county, and to generate maps indicating the pollution sensitivity of counties groundwater resources. I hope all is going well for you, and please let me know if you would like any further information from me.
4/24/2015 16:00:35Ellis Valentiner2012
Graduated from the the Master's in Statistical Practice (MSP) program at Carnegie Mellon University in 2013 and then worked as a statistician at the Children's Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI) and National Center for Geospatial Medicine (NCGM) at the University of Michigan. Currently working as a data scientist at FarmLogs, an agtech startup in Ann Arbor, MI that makes software to deliver information to farmers about their fields, crops, and growing conditions so they can be data driven without being data scientists.
410 N. 4th Ave, 2nd Floor
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
4/24/2015 16:02:48Kenna Nelson2013
Hope all is well! Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend the senior seminar presentations and alumni event later this month. Please keep me on the list for future events though! Here's a little update about my post-Morris life: I am currently finishing my last quarter of a MS program in Statistics and Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Since graduating from Morris in 2013, I've been doing research and teaching at UCSC during the school year, and over the summer I worked as a Data Science Intern at Tesla Motors in Fremont, CA. I will soon begin my job search for a full-time position after graduation, with plans to get my PhD a few years down the road. We'll see what life brings! Again, hope all is well with you and the department.
4/24/2015 16:04:22Mitch Primus2013
-From August 2013 to June 2014 I was employed by Dickinson State University in North Dakota as a Residence Director. While there I also acted as an interim Campus Activities Coordinator and an adviser to a reviving Greek fraternity.
-In Winter of 2014 I decided last-minute to head back for graduate school, so in July 2014 I began classwork at Minnesota State University Moorhead within the Counseling and Student Affairs program. I'm currently employed as a Graduate Area Director at MSUM, and starting in August 2015 I'll be interning at North Dakota State University within their Counseling Center.
That's pretty much what I've been up to. Say "hi" to Engin and Jong-Min for me!
PS- The NCAA project from my senior seminar has thus far been unable to replicate the same success I enjoyed during my senior year, in case anybody was wondering.
4/24/2015 16:11:28Amy (Johnson) O'Shea2006
Thank you for the invitation to the Alumni Get-Together at UMM. Unfortunately I already have plans that weekend, and will not be able to attend. As requested, a quick overview of my career / life is included below. Graduated from UMM in December, 2006
Attended University of Iowa, Department of Biostatistics MS in May, 2009 PhD in December, 2013 Worked as a Teaching or Graduate Research Assistant during this time.
Left the Army Reserve in late 2010 at the rank of Staff Sergeant. I have been working at the Iowa City VA as a Data Analyst since June, 2013 and was recently hired as an assistant research professor at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. I was married to Padraic O'Shea in September, 2014. We have a dog and are expecting our first child later this year.
Amy M. J. O'Shea, PhD
Assistant Professor, Research
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Iowa Roy & Lucille Carver College of Medicine, and
Department of Veterans Affairs (152)
Comprehensive Access and Delivery Research & Evaluation (CADRE)
601 Hwy 6 West
Iowa City, IA 52246
UI Email:
4/24/2015 16:13:10Hong Liu (Betty)2014
I hope this message finds you well. Exciting things are happening with me. I am in the second semester of my HRIR (Human Resource and Industrial Relations) master program. Thanks again for all of your support, encouragement and for the opportunities you gave me to grow and take on greater responsibilities.
4/24/2015 16:16:13Todd Anderson1997
I played basketball there and graduated in 1997. I won't be able to attend the reunion but wanted to say hi and hope you are doing well. Also wanted to thank you for helping me at Morris. I wasn't your best student but you got me interested in statistics which helped me re-focus enough to get back on track and graduate so I appreciate that a lot
Todd Anderson
Razor Capital, LLC
4/24/2015 16:19:05
Deanne Nordberg (Kassulke)
I live in Maple Grove and work at Aon Benfield, a reinsurance intermediary company. I use my Applied Mathematics and Statistics background everyday as I run analytics to determine the amount of insurance our clients (insurance companies) need to purchase in the reinsurance market to transfer risk to manage their balance sheets. I tried the Actuarial path for a short while but found working with natural catastrophe modeling to be more interesting. I’ve been with the company since 2001 and welcome interest from anyone educated at UMM to contact me for future career opportunities.
Deanne (Nordberg) Kassulke ‘99
4/24/2015 16:31:43Paul Novotny1970
Morris prepared me well for my statistics career! After graduating from Morris in 1979, I got an MS in statistics from the U of Iowa (I took classes from the amazing Dr. Hogg who unfortunately just passed away). I also started on a Ph.D. at Iowa but didn’t finish. My first job was in Washington DC as a Mathematical Statistician. I used survey methods to monitor import and export prices for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. I spent 6 years there (while taking more classes at George Washington U). Then I worked for 2 years as a Statistician/Programmer at Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore (again taking Biostatistics classes on the side at Hopkins. I guess I just like to keep learning).
Since 1992, I’ve been a Biostatistician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and recently got promoted to Assistant Professor of Biostatistics. I work on cancer clinical trials, mostly quality of life studies and cancer prevention and control studies. I am currently an author or co-author on 180 peer reviewed manuscripts, 170 abstracts, 4 letters to the editor, and 4 book chapters.
In between, I also dabbled in Actuarial Science where I passed the first actuarial exam. But my main accomplishment is having 3 wonderful kids that will all be going off to college soon.
I hope to get back to Morris some time!
Statistics has been a great starting place for me and many of my friends at Iowa. One of my co-students in statistics now has their own Investment agency (JantzManagement), one is CFO of another investment group, three are vice-presidents at major insurance agencies, one is vice-president of Pratt-Whitney jet engine manufacturing, two are vice-presidents of biostatistics at drug companies, … Lots of doors are opened for people with statistics backgrounds!
For students interested in medical research, learning a statistical package is very important (especially R or SAS). Also learn as much as you can about programming, genetics, and survival analysis.
4/24/2015 16:42:11Rachel Carlson2007
I've been working in Rochester, MN as Mayo Clinic Statistical Programmer Analyst in the Department of Health Sciences Research. Over that time I've collaborated on 25 abstracts and 8 manuscripts in the area of prostate cancer research. Also, I've attended 4 SAS Global Forum conferences, ENAR and Society for Clinical Trials. In 2013 my colleague Ruchi Sharma and I and presented at SAS Global Forum in San Francisco in the Quick Tips section. Most recently, I've been promoted to Statistical Programmer Analyst III, which is the top level of my position.
Prof. Anderson,
I would say anything related to Survival analysis is very important, especially cox modeling including exploring some of the newer features in SAS Phreg. Learning more about the new SAS Statistical graphing procedures and macro programming would also be helpful. There is a SAS certification test that may be worth taking. I'm not sure how much it costs
4/24/2015 16:55:02Alice Toll2014
Sorry I’m late about this. Still alive and in grad school. Just finished my last final of the semester (Statistical Inference). Rough. We have about a month to study before first year comprehensive exams (8hr Theory, 4hr Applied, 24hr Applied take-home).
This semester I also took Regression and Clinical Trials. For Regression we actually used Weisberg’s book, except used Stata instead of R. Considering this book is written to be used with R I thought that was an odd choice… Most of our other classes in the department use R. I’ve attached a graph that I made in Stata and am super proud of – thought you’d appreciate it.
4/24/2015 17:10:46Jier Zhang2014
I received the decision letter from Columbia University and Cornell university, without your help and recommend letter I think I cannot go that good graduate school... thank you very much, although the CMU still no response, but I think i make up my mind to go to the master of professional study (MPS) in Cornell University (if CMU give the offer i will pending for this two), this one will be easier and better to find work.
4/24/2015 17:45:34Ivan Ramler2002PhD in Statistics from Iowa State (2008)
Statistics Professor at St. Lawrence University since
4/24/2015 22:58:11Clint Hagen2006
After leaving Morris I attended the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where I received an MS in biostatistics. After graduate school I've worked in public health, the medical device industry, and academic medical research. Presently I work at the Mayo Clinic focusing on Alzheimer's dementia research.
4/25/2015 11:52:40Allison Chock2014
I moved to White Bear Lake and accepted a job as an Underwriter at Auto-Owners Insurance. I analyze insurance policies and make sure the appropriate rates are being applied.
1809 Cedar Ave Apt 303
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

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