Mathematics & Computer Science Colloquium: October 24, 2019

Thursday, October 24, 20194:00PM - Thursday, October 24, 20195:00PM
At Ruffner 356

I'll Never Use This…

I remember a common saying among math students in primary school, I'll never use this. In college, it was a little better but ‘Are you going to teach or be an actuary? ' was asked more often than I care to remember.

After graduation, I was fortunate to find a job answering phones at Virginia Credit Union. There wasn't much math and for a time I really wondered if I would ever use this.

Much to my surprise, that first job kicked off a ten-year survey of applied mathematics across an entire organization. During this talk, I'll share a few of the interesting puzzles I've enjoyed along the way:

  1. Product Preferences: Machine Learning and Logistic Regression
  2. Digital Advertising: Experimental Design & Multiarmed Bandits
  3. Finance: Matched Maturity Funds Transfer Pricing – Cubic Spline Interpolation and more

I'll also kick in my two cents on the skills and technologies to explore for fun and profit (read valuable experience) before and after graduation.

Richard Hayden '09 is a Longwood University Mathematics Alumnus currently working as a Data Scientist Supervisor at Virginia Credit Union. Previously he's held the positions of Data Scientist, Business Data Analyst, Digital Marketing Analyst and Marketing Database Analyst.

He's been recognized by the Credit Union Industry. Winning the 2019 CULytics Challenge in Seattle WA, with his work, Member Recommendations, a Machine Learning solution. He was named a Credit Union Rock Star by the Credit Union National Association in 2017. He was a founding member and chaired the Young Professionals Network for Virginia's Credit Unions.

He enjoys the thrill of developing parsimonious solutions to business problems during the day, reading books with his two-year-old daughter at night, and collecting rubber ducks with his exceptionally patient wife on the weekends.

Unbalanced data sets keep him up much later than he'd like.


Designed for a broad audience, Longwood's Math and Computer Science Colloquium Series explores ideas, developments and careers in the fields of mathematics, computer science and mathematics education. Learn more about the Colloquium Series


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