Noah Duncan, 2020, Applied Math-Economics

Applied Math-Economics

Consulting

Data Science

Healthcare

Nonprofits

Startups & Entrepreneurship

Work-Study / On-Campus Employment

 

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

WHY YOU CHOSE APMA:
  • I came to Brown interested in understanding how people make decisions, so I pretty quickly gravitated toward studying economics. After taking intermediate microeconomics, I realized that math was a critical piece of economic theory. I started taking classes in the applied math department to supplement my economics studies, and I soon became interested in the predictive aspect of math. As I’ve taken higher level applied math and economics courses, my interests have moved away from theory toward how I can apply my knowledge to the real world. I believe that applied math and economics have given me a great set of tools to harness the vast amounts of data in the world in order to solve challenging problems.
COURSES TAKEN WITHIN MAJOR:
  • Multivariable Calculus (MATH 0180)
  • Linear Algebra (MATH 0520)
  • Statistical Inference I (APMA 1650)
  • Applied Ordinary Differential Equations (APMA 0350)
  • Applied Partial Differential Equations I (APMA 0360)
  • Operations Research: Probabilistic Models (APMA 1200)
  • Computational Probability and Statistics (APMA 1690)
  • Recent Applications of Probability and Statistics (APMA 1740)
  • Intro to Scientific Computing and Problem Solving (CSCI 0040)
  • Principles of Economics (ECON 0110)
  • Intermediate Microeconomics – Mathematical (ECON 1130)
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON 1210)
  • Econometrics (ECON 1630)
  • Big Data (ECON 1660)
  • Investments I (ECON 1710)
  • Corporate Finance (ECON 1720)
  • Behavioral Economics (ECON 1820)
  • Game Theory (ECON 1870) 
HIDDEN GEM COURSES TAKEN AT BROWN: 
  • Locked Up: A Global History of Prison and Captivity (HIST 150C)
  • Of Dice and Men: Games in Human Societies Past and Present (ARCH 0785)
  • Management of Industrial and Nonprofit Organizations (ENGN 0090)
 

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

FIELD(S) OF INTEREST:
  • Startups: I have always been fascinated with taking an idea and making it into a business. Because startups are small, your role has a much bigger impact than it would at a larger company, and it’s easier to be passionate about your work because of this. On top of that, a lot of interesting people work in startups -- people who have come up with unique solutions to tough problems.
  • Consulting: I have recently developed an interest in the intersection between data and business strategy. Understanding different industries is fun, and I’m able to apply my knowledge from applied math and economics to help companies make better, data-driven decisions.
  • Nonprofits: Whether at a nonprofit organization or a company that performs some sort of social good, I want to make a positive impact in the world. 
INVOLVEMENT AT BROWN:
  • APMA/Math Tutor Leader, the Petey Greene Program, [email protected], Athletic Department (ball boy, tennis court attendant), intramural soccer/volleyball/corn hole
OTHER PERSONAL TOPICS WILLING TO DISCUSS:
  • Being a first-gen at Brown, on-campus employment (non-research), financial aid
 

CAREER EXPERIENCE

INTERNSHIPS, RESEARCH, AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
  • On-Campus: I’m a varsity athletic event worker (“ballboy”) and tennis court attendant for the Athletic Department. I also tutor MATH 0090 and MATH 0520 for the Academic Tutoring Program. Last school year, I did some strategy and finance work for an in-home care startup founded by Brown students.
  • Summer 2019: I worked in a rotational finance program at Michigan Medicine, an academic medical center in Ann Arbor. Throughout the summer, I created Tableau dashboards to help business leaders make data-driven decisions and analyzed the class size at the University of Michigan Medical School.
  • Summer 2018: I worked in the Office of Investments at Northwestern Medicine, a hospital system in Chicago. Throughout the summer, I performed market and company research for various investment-related projects.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL TOPICS WILLING TO DISCUSS:
  • Consulting recruitment, working for an endowment/non-profit