Department of Mathematics Meet & Greet and Pi Day Celebration

The Pi Day Celebration details:

When: Friday, 3/09/18 @ 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Where: 232 PGH 

Who's invited: Everyone!

Activities: Free Pie (from House of Pies), Pi Day Trivia, Pie Making Contest 









The Meet and Greet details:

When: Friday, 3/09/18 @ 2:30-5:00 p.m.

Where: 232 PGH 

Who's invited: Click here for more information.

What is the Meet and Greet?: This event is for all Undergraduate Math Majors, including Mathematical Biology, Math Graduate students, Departmental Faculty and Staff. The purpose of this social is to create a pleasant and comfortable environment among faculty and students.
This year the Meet and Greet will be held in conjunction with the Pi Day Celebration event, hosted by our UH SIAM, UH AMS, UH PME organizations.

We have three speakers that will present at this event (2:30-3:30 p.m.). Some topics that may be discussed include: 

  • Which steps were taken to acquire their current positions?
  • What was their process like and what was involved in their preparation to find a position?
  • Which opportunities did they take advantage of that proved invaluable during the application process.
  • Perspectives on “life beyond the degree”.



(2:30—2:50 p.m.) Dr. Phil Muhm has been with Boeing since 1977. The first half of his career was mostly involved with the Space Shuttle Program (doing launch window analysis, orbital trajectory planning and payload integration). He later manager a team that was responsible for the on-board executive software for the Space Station. The latter half of his career has been with Information Technology – mostly working a team that did (web-based) application development. He received his MS and PhD in Mathematics at the University of Houston. Dr. Muhm will share his experience and about how his math degree was essential to his career goals.


(2:50—3:10 p.m.) Dr. Aarti Jajoo is a Postdoctoral Associate working with the Molecular and Human Genetics/Hanchard Lab at Baylor College of Medicine. She received her PhD in Mathematics from the University of Houston in 2011. Her professional interests include Epigenetics, Machine Learning, Optimization, Numerical Analysis, Morphometrics, Computational Anatomy. She is currently working on the project: Patterns of Correlated DNA Methylation in Sever Childhood Malnutrition (SCM).


(3:10—3:30 p.m.) Dr. Jeff Morgan, an Associate Provost for Education Innovation and Technology and Professor, here at the University of Houston, is responsible for assessing the effectiveness of different teaching modalities and identifying technologies to advance learning and teaching. Prior to serving as Associate Provost, he held a number of positions at UH, including department chair in mathematics from 2003 to 2013, the founder and director of the center for academic support and assessment since 2004, and the co-founder and co-director of the teachHOUSTON STEM teacher training program since 2007. He is also the director/founder of our annual Mathematics Contest! Dr. Morgan obtained his Bachelors degree in 1981, masters and Doctoral Degree in 1986 from the University of Houston, and then spent 16 years at Texas A&M University (TAMU) prior to returning to UH in 2002. 


(3:45—4:05 p.m.) We will be recognizing our Spring FY18 Benner and Grover Scholarship undergraduate recipients.


(4:05 p.m.) Afterward we will have a Q&A session with members of C.H.A.M.P. about their mentoring activities, and Dr. Wenjiang Fu regarding the new MSDA program. The remainder of the event will commence afterward.

Hope to see you there! :)



Dr. Phil Muhm (Boeing)

mg crowd



Dr. Aarti Jajoo (Baylor College of Medicine)





Dr. Jeff Morgan (University of Houston)





PME New Members




C.H.A.M.P. Q&A



Fall 2017 Meet and Greet