Lee’s Maher-Boulis Elected To Chair BIG SIGMAA

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - by Jamuna Gautam, Lee University
Dr. Caroline Maher-Boulis
Dr. Caroline Maher-Boulis

Dr. Caroline Maher-Boulis, professor of mathematics at Lee University, was elected to serve as chairperson for the Business, Industry, Government Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America. She is elected to a two-year term in the office.

“I am honored to serve in this role at this time,” said Dr. Maher-Boulis. “While in this role, I hope to make BIG SIGMAA more active through BIG activities that benefit members, students, faculty, and the mathematical community at large.”

Dr. Maher-Boulis served as the secretary/treasurer of BIG SIGMAA in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 program years.

The SIGMAA program establishes and supports communities of colleagues who share a common interest that advances the MAA mission. Within these communities, members gain access to opportunities for networking, professional development, and discussion of issues relevant to the represented interest. This special interest group of the MAA (BIG SIGMAA) provides resources and a forum for mathematicians working in business, industry, and government. The BIG SIGMAA plans and coordinates events at regional and national MAA meetings for mathematicians involved.

According to Dr. Maher-Boulis, the BIG agencies in Cleveland and the surrounding areas can become members and interact with the mathematical community. “We have over 300 members, and they have valuable knowledge and expertise to share. Everyone benefits from such collaborations.”

Dr. Maher-Boulis joined Lee’s Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in 2004 and is now a professor of mathematics, where she teaches lower and upper division mathematics courses. Since coming to Lee, she spearheaded the creation of the mathematics degree with actuarial science emphasis and created an internship program for mathematics majors. She has supervised the work of Lee students on 11 projects from local industries, school systems, and hospitals. These BIG projects varied in nature and several of them involved data analytics.

She earned her Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science from Florida State University, with a minor in financial mathematics, and her bachelor’s degree from the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Dr. Maher-Boulis was the recipient of a departmental summer fellowship in 2002 and the Goodner Teaching Award in 2001 from Florida State and winner of the Science Department Academic Honor Award in 1993 from the American University in Cairo.

For more information on the Mathematical Association of America, visit https://www.maa.org/.

For more information on BIG SIGMAA, the internship models in Lee’s Mathematics Internship Program, or hiring an intern, contact Dr. Maher-Boulis at cmaherboulis@leeuniversity.edu.


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