This video series supports The Charles A. Dana Center’s mission to create classrooms where mathematics is meaningful, where students find mathematics relevant and connected to their lives, and where questions and answers guide class discussion. Students lead, collaborate, and engage as they learn.
These inspiring professionals show how their paths led them to mathematics fluency and how that expertise
is applied in their daily work.
Hear Their Stories
Nehemiah Mabry, Bridge Design Engineer
“The one thing that the world needs may be the thing that you think of now, but you have to make sure you have the skills and tools…”
Gayatri Adi, Technical Specialist, Advanced Dynamic Systems & Controls
“The more I saw the connection of math with my day-to-day life, the more it kept me engaged.
Karla Fuhs, Senior Controls and Diagnostics Research Engineer
“Always ask questions and never be afraid to ask for help.”
Erin Guerra, Professional Engineer, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
“I got interested in engineering when I realized that I really wanted to focus on conservation and protecting the environment.”
When Will I Ever Really Use Math?
As students, you may ask this question every day. As educators, advisors, and parents, you hear this question often. Mathematics is an integral part of the day-to-day work of millions of professionals in STEM fields all over the world. We want students to see how mathematics is used to innovate, measure, plan, and understand solutions to real-world challenges.
At the Charles A. Dana Center and in the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways, we work to ensure that all students are prepared to use mathematical and quantitative reasoning skills to succeed in their careers and personal lives. Creating classrooms where students are motivated to persevere in problem solving prepares them for lifelong success.
Mathematics prepares students to lead. It prepares them to innovate. It prepares them for a changing world.