STEMinist Profile: Carrie Eaton, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Carrie Eaton

Carrie Eaton

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Unity College

What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
Always loved science and math, never considered anything else!

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
Recently I have been involved with a working group interested in how human social actions interact with the evolution of a community (human or ecological). There are so many really interesting questions and implications. I look forward to applying some mathematical modeling to further our intuition and understanding.

Role Models/Heroes:
Not really, I take my inspiration from lots of different people for the different facets of my life and work.

Why do you love working in STEM?
Lots of opportunities! Such wonderful intellectual stimulation, such an interesting community to work in in terms of the diverse work happening in all fields.

Advice for future STEMinists?
Talk to other men, women, anyone! One of the biggest factors in my individual success was a result of working with others to achieve group goals. I love learning from my peers as much as from my own experience, and these connections will pay dividends later. Collaborations can be just as fruitful as individual labors, if not more. In mathematics, we are often encouraged to lock ourselves alone in the ivory tower in pursuit of the next unsolved theorem, but many other disciplines are begging for us to reach out and contribute our skill set, and communicate across disciplinary boundaries.

Favorite website or app:
Educreate is becoming a favorite app for screencasting problem solutions.

Twitter: @mathprofcarrie
Website: Unity College profile

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