Success in Mathematics & Computer Science


Math students graduate from Whittier College with a wide variety of opportunities before them.

Find your own math-related career and internship opportunities at the Center for Career and Professional Development.

Math alumnus Matt CostaMatt Costa '13
Sales Analyst at Sony Playstation

Matt has always been a natural at math, but Whittier College showed him how to think outside of the box. In particular, Professor Mark Kozek's courses encouraged Matt to approach formulas in creative ways, a skill that comes into play everyday in his career.

Between his studies and on-campus jobs, Matt felt prepared to enter the workforce right out of collegeand did. He interviewed at Sony a week after graduating, and now manages a database for sales planners at their San Francisco headquarters.

"Dr. Kozek was always the guy that seemed to be there 24-7 and was always super dedicated, and that kind of rubs off on you. Taking that same thing and applying it from a work-ethic standpoint, I think I've learned a lot."

Math alumna Angelica GonzalezAngelica Gonzalez '12
Doctoral Student at University of Arizona

Angelica spent a spring semester studying with some of the most prominent mathematicians in Hungary, as part of the highly competitive Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program. She returned to Whittier energized to continue her own research on the relationship between Sierpiński, Riesel, and Fibonacci numbers.

Now a doctoral student, Angelica credits her professors at Whittier for supporting her research and encouraging her continued studies in mathematics.

"I learned so much and grew as a mathematician. I also learned how to think outside the box and as a result I know how to study when I am not understanding certain concepts."

Jun NishiguchiJun Nishiguchi '08
Embedded Software SQA Engineer at Nvidia

At Whittier, Jun worked closely with math professor Jeff Lutgen on research, which gave him the opportunity to study and work on a wide range of topics, including computer hardware, programming, networks, and scientific computing. The experience gave Jun crucial fundamental knowledge of software that prepared him to pursue a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering at Cornell University.

Now, Jun works for Nvidia, a world leader in visual computing technology, in Tokyo, Japan.