BIG Jobs Live Interview Series

A live interview series with mathematicians working in business, industry, and government.

Explore careers in business, industry, government, entrepreneurship, and non-profits (BIG) in this web series.


Talking "BIG" Jobs with Dr. Sumanth Swaminathan, CEO of Iterex Therapeutics

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 2pm EST

Register to attend this free web interview.

Interested in learning about mathematics careers outside academia? Join us for a conversation with Dr. Sumanth Swaminathan, CEO of Iterex Therapeutics.

Webinar registrants will learn how Dr. Swaminathan's background as a mathematician has informed his career and his current work as co-founder and CEO of Iterex Therapeutics.

Sumanth will be interviewed by Sarah Minucci, one of the winners of the 2020 AMS-SIAM Student Media Fellow competition. Register to be able to listen and submit questions live for Dr. Swaminathan.

This is the first of a new live web interview series co-produced by SIAM and the AMS. The webinars are for graduate students interested in learning about career possibilities in BIG settings (business, entrepreneurship, industry, government, nonprofits, etc.). We will feature interviews with mathematicians who work in these arenas, conducted by SIAM-AMS Student Media Fellows. This is a great opportunity for those who like to connect with others, communicate, and ask great questions about careers.

Our guest

Dr. Sumanth SwaminathanSumanth Swaminathan Co-founder and CEO, Iterex Therapeutics Dr. Swaminathan's initial foray into industrial mathematics was an appointment as technology consultant at W.L. Gore & associates (2012). Here, he led a team of interdisciplinary PhDs in leveraging predictive models to optimize technology operation and development. Following this, he completed a fellowship at the Data Incubator NYC and moved onto a role as Chief Data Scientist at Revon Systems Inc. This role focused on the development, testing, and deployment of triage prediction models for identifying at-home flare-ups of chronic lung and heart disease, which led to Dr. Swaminathan's current role as cofounder and CEO of Iterex Therapeutics. Here, Sumanth is responsible for innovating company products and developing/executing company business strategy. Dr. Swaminathan earned his BSE in chemical engineering from University of Delaware (2005) and PhD in applied mathematics from Northwestern University (2009).




Our hosts

Sarah MinucciAt the 2016 SIAM Annual Meeting in Boston, Sarah Minucci listened to Susan Sohler Everingham talk about her career as a mathematician at RAND, Inc. This experience changed the way Sarah thought about math and the opportunities possible for her. Later she contacted Professor Everingham, who encouraged Sarah to conduct more "informational interviews" whenever she met people whose jobs sounded interesting or heard them talk at conferences. Through broadcasting these interviews, Sarah wants participating students to know that they do not need professional training to seek out their own opportunities to learn about industry, government, and other career paths. Her hope is that these interviews provide exposure to unfamiliar careers, and that she can encourage students to think in new ways and to pursue their passions after graduation.

Sarah is a fourth-year PhD student from Nashville, Tennessee, studying applied math at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Her research is in mathematical biology, focusing on mathematical modeling of the immune response to lung damage due to mechanical ventilation. When she's not at school, she can be found running, baking, or trying out a new coffee shop.


Katie WaddellCaitlin (Katie) Waddle went to The University of Chicago, where she received a strong mathematical background. She then earned a Master's degree in education, and became a high school teacher in San Francisco. Caitlin has always been interested in the narratives that people have about themselves - how other people view themselves and their worlds. After eight years of teaching public high school Caitlin decided to consider other careers. She is now in the Master's program in mathematics at San Francisco State University and is currently applying to PhD programs for next fall. She likes the idea of working in a team of people on a more concrete project and is interested to discover what job possibilities exist for someone with a strong background in math.

Katie Waddle is in her second year as a Master's student in mathematics at San Francisco State University. She returned to studying mathematics after 8 years teaching high school math at a small public high school for immigrant students in San Francisco. She holds an undergraduate degree in math from The University of Chicago. Originally from Minnesota, Katie loves graph theory, teaching students who don?t love math yet, and long distance running.

This interview was produced by AMS and SIAM as part of the Tondeur Initiatives. These career-focused collaborative activities by AMS, MAA and SIAM are made possible by Claire-Lise and Philippe Tondeur and supported by the BIG Math Network, which has additional resources at