Adrienne Jablonski let us know of a local employer who is super keen on hiring math majors. They are Power Costs, Inc. (PCI). Adrienne met with them last month and this is what she learned:
It was founded in 1992 by two former OU electrical engineering professors. They provide solutions to help energy companies optimize value of their assets and manage financial risk. They manage about 50% of the US power generation in the US. PCI has 115 employees. Most are based out of their Norman corporate headquarters, but others are spread in other areas such as Raleigh and Houston. http://www.powercosts.com/
PCI has typically recruited engineering/computer science students for their positions, but they are open to other majors as well, including Math. They mentioned using Mathematica. They have full-time positions for bachelor’s and master’s prepared students as well as internships. Interns must have at least a 3.5 GPA and have completed at least 90 credit hours. They do sponsor international students.
They have three main areas of focus of hire:
- Infrastructure/analytics, mathematical programming, algorithm development
- Market systems, software engineering
- Support analysts (most people start here)
It sounds like they are doing very interesting math intensive work. We will definitely have to have PCI come to Math Club and tell us about what they do. In the meanwhile, you should talk to Adrienne if you’d like more information about PCI or help with applying for a job! Also check out PCI’s career page for more information.
This Wood Group
The Wood Group is an international engineering firm with offices in Oklahoma City. Some folks from there are coming down this Wednesday, September 17th, to talk to the Math Club and Graduate Student Seminar (it’s a joint event) about some of the ways they use math in what they do.
If your parents or grandparents are always asking you why you want to take math classes, then this is a great chance to learn some real world applications to tell them about at Thanksgiving. And if you’re a math major/minor (or are just taking some math classes) and are starting to wonder what you’re going to do after graduating, then this might give you some ideas.
Speaking of jobs, the Wood Group is very interested in hiring OU graduates who’ve studied math. They’ll be talking about some of these job opportunities on Wednesday. It would be a great chance to make some contacts and make sure when you apply for an internship or job, your resume gets to the top!
Be sure to tell people you know about the talk if you think they’d be interested in coming. Or if you have a class in engineering, physics, etc. be sure to spread the word. A .pdf file of the flyer is here if you want to print it out.
As usual, the talk is in PHSC 1105 at 5pm. And as always, there’ll be free pizza and drinks!
Addendum: Kathleen Kennedy, the HR Manager for the Wood Group, ESP, passed along the following information about careers and internships with the Wood Group. In the links below you can find job descriptions for some of the positions they are interested in filling.
If jobs like these look interesting, you should contact Kathleen Kennedy (email Jon Kujawa for her email address if you don’t have it).
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