My name is Eric Friedlander and I’ll be the newest mathematics professor here at SNC. I’m truly psyched to be joining such a wonderful department and institution and I’m so excited to meet all of you. Academically, my degree isn’t actually in math, it’s in “statistics & operations research”. In my research, I like using math and statistics to answer questions about systems and natural phenomena that involve some element of randomness or uncertainty. For example, “How do lines (queues) form?”, “How does a disease/gene/idea spread through a population?”, “Where am I most likely to find certain fossils?” etc… In fact, the reason I became interested in statistics & probability in the first place is that it gives you a set of tools which you can use to learn about whatever you want. Hopefully, I’ll be able to teach you skills that you can use to explore problems that you are interested in.
In addition to my research, I worked as a business analyst at Capital One giving me the background and perspective to advise you in preparing for life after school. Outside of school, I’m a pretty big sports fan. I cheer pretty hard for the NY Giants and NY Knicks (I’m originally from outside of NYC ), as well as UNC sports (go Tarheels). I also like a variety of other pop-culture things (movies, tv shows, comic books, etc). Feel free to swing by my office (GMS 2108) if you have any statistics/probability questions you’d like to discuss, if you want to talk about life, or just to say hello.