Alena Crivello, B.A. 1999, Data Scientist, Chevron
Alena graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Mathematics, and additional honors
including the Dean’s List, Senior Honors Award in Mathematics, and Phi Beta Kappa.
She then completed an M.A. and Ph.D. in Statistics at Rice University, and did postdoctoral
work at the University of Michigan, developing statistical methodology for a new clinical
trial design, followed by two years of teaching undergraduate statistics classes.
After working at a wind energy company doing financial modeling and market analysis,
Alena found her current position as a Data Scientist in the Modeling and Analytics
Center of Excellence at Chevron in Houston, Texas. She first started in the Health,
Environment and Safety group there, developing predictive analytics to reduce the
occurrence of incidents. Currently, Alena applies statistical methods to challenging
problems across Chevron, including cybersecurity, reliability, and reservoir management. She
also developed and is teaching an Introduction to Data Science course for all of Chevron. Alena's
hobbies include sewing and traveling.
Mark Promberger, B.A. 2015, Analytics and Reporting Manager, General Motors Financial
Mark started working at GM Financial in the Las Colinas office in Irving, Texas immediately
after graduating in 2015. He is a member of the reporting and analytics department
where he creates dashboards for risk management and financial forecasting. While GM
financial provides a large array of financial services, his office focuses on partnering
with dealerships to ensure financials and vehicle inventory are properly maintained.
Mark loves his work with GM in that it offers security in being the financial subsidiary
of the larger General Motors company but maintains a startup feel on a day to day
basis. He is currently applying for masters programs in data science. Mark states
that the skills he learned while in the Math department at UD more than prepared him
for both the corporate business world and graduate studies.
Carol Gee, B.S. 1999, Math Professor/Dept. Chair, St. Edward's University
After Carol received her B.S. in Mathematics with a concentration in Computer Science,
she enrolled in a Math Ph.D. program at Rice University in Houston studying low-dimensional
topology. Her Ph.D. was awarded in 2004 and she then proceeded to complete a post-doctoral
fellowship at U.C. Davis in 2006. Currently Carol is a Professor of Mathematics and
Department Chair at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, where she lives with
her husband and four children.
Michael Humphries, B.A. 2005, Math Teacher, Cistercian Preparatory School
Michael earned his B.A. in both Math and Philosophy, and joined Cistercian Preparatory
School in Irving, Texas right away upon graduation, teaching middle and high school
students. Cistercian prepares talented boys for their future by 'combining academic excellence with Christian faith, morality, and spirituality'. While teaching, he earned his M.S. in Math at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Michael and his wife, Rachel, also a UD graduate, are happy raising their five children
Tristan Whalen, B.A. 2010, Senior Lecturer of Mathematics, UTD
Tristan was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1988 and he and his family have called Texas
home since 2000. He was married in 2009 to his wife Grace, a graduate of Texas A&M
University, and proceeeded to receive his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of
Houston in 2015. He currently teaches mathematics full time at the University of
Texas at Dallas. Tristan and his wife are also involved in the Reasonable Faith chapter
at UTD. Christian apologetics (reasoning, philosophy and evidence) are one of his
chief passions. His other interests include classical music, Lego building, and all
things Nintendo. Tristan shares that 'I would not go back and major in math anywhere
else. The context of a classical curriculum brings math to life in a way not possible
otherwise. My experience at UD daily influences how I teach math at a STEM-focused
college, and by God's grace has made me a much better teacher.'
Erika David Parr, B.A. 2013, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Rhodes College
Erika graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Mathematics and received her Ph.D. in Mathematics
Education from Arizona State University in 2019. While at ASU, she taught Pre-Calculus
and Calculus courses and participated in several research projects on undergraduate
mathematics education. Erika's dissertation study investigated students' understanding
and use of graphs in Calculus contexts. Erika states that the strong background in
mathematics coupled with the writing skills that she gained in her time at UD undoubtedly
helped her advance in her graduate studies. Dr. Parr recently joined the Department
of Mathematics and Computer Science at Rhodes College as a Vsiting Assistant Professor
Katherine Beine, B.S./B.A 2017, Helicopter Pilot, United States Coast Guard
Katherine graduated from UD in 2017 with a double degree in Computer Science and Math.
After graduation she attended Officer Candidate School for the Coast Guard and upon
graduation reported to Pensacola, Florida for flight training with the Navy. She
completed Primary flight training in the fixed wing T-6 Texan and Advanced flight
training in the rotary wing TH-57 Bell Sea Ranger. In August 2019 she received her
wings of gold and was designated a Coast Guard aviator. Katherine is stationed in
Oregon flying the MH-60T "Jayhawk." Her UD education provided a strong foundation
in logic, writing, public speaking, and the physical sciences which are all necessary
skills for her military flight career.
Emily Feller, B.S. 2018, Concentration in Latin, M.A. 2019 Secondary Math Teacher at Acacia International School in Kampala, Uganda
After earning her B.S. in Mathematics, along with a concentration in Latin, Emily
continued at UD for another year to earn her Master of Arts in Teaching. During her
year in graduate school, Emily taught math at the high school level at the Westwood
School. Originally from Austin, Emily is currently living Kampala, Uganda where she
teaches math at Acacia International School.
Noor Abbas, B.S. 2016, Research Specialist at City of Garland Economic Development
Noor Abbas was born and raised in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In 2016 she earned her
B.S. in Mathematics from University of Dallas. She continued on to graduate school
at University of Texas at Dallas, where she earned her M.S. in Economics in 2019.
During this time, she pursued two summer internships where she gained professional
experience in the social sector and local government. Currently, she is working as
a research specialist for the City of Garland, Department of Economic Development,
In our current condition, with most of the U.S. sheltering in place and/or learning and working from our homes, it's hard to imagine that just 20 days ago, teachers and those aspiring to be teachers gathered together for the fourth annual Excellence in Education conference at the University of Dallas, organized, run and sponsored by UD's Education Department, but so they did, and so we will all do -- gather together, that is -- some day again.
Many of you have reached out to ask what you can do to help, and I am grateful for your generosity. In response, I have created the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to immediately help UD students in this rapidly evolving situation.
As we find ourselves deprived of many things that we had taken for granted, we turn to Christ, who was stripped of everything: physical safety, companionship, worldly honor, even his clothing, and ultimately of life itself.