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Mary Lynn Reed

School Head

School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science
Professor

585-475-2163
Office Hours
Tues, 1:25-2:30pm, or by appointment.
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Mary Lynn Reed

School Head

School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science
Professor

Education

BS, Georgia Institute of Technology; MFA, University of Maryland; MS, PhD, University of Illinois

Bio

Dr. Mary Lynn Reed holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois, a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. Before arriving at RIT, she served as the Chief of Mathematics Research at the National Security Agency. In addition to her 19-year career at NSA, as both an applied mathematician and a technical leader, Dr. Reed has held a variety of other positions, including assistant professor at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland Baltimore Country, staff scientist at HNC Software, actuarial analyst at Milliman USA, and research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses. Dr. Reed\'s research background and interests are diverse and include applications of algebraic structures, statistical modeling, network science, and computing. 

As Chief of Mathematics Research at NSA, Dr. Reed managed the Mathematics Research Group and oversaw three Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) centers: the Centers for Communications Research in Princeton, NJ, and La Jolla, CA, and the Center for Computing Sciences in Bowie, MD. She set the direction for research in both mathematics and computer science, including the application of recent developments in artificial intelligence to cryptanalysis. Dr. Reed is dedicated to ensuring a strong future for applied mathematics by serving as a leader for diversity and inclusion and by her dedication to increasing the participation of women in the mathematical sciences.

Dr. Reed has received a variety of honors and awards throughout her career, including: the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Senior Professional, the NSA Director’s Distinguished Service Medal, the NSA Louis W. Tordella Award, the NSA Director's Team Excellence Award, the NSA Gold Bug Team Award for excellence in cryptanalysis, the University of Illinois Department of Mathematics Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement, the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Achievement Award, and the University of Illinois Mathematics Department Outstanding Teaching Award. As an early career faculty member, she was a Mathematical Association of America Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellow. Dr. Reed is also a past-President and Distinguished Member of the Crypto-Mathematics Institute, NSA's oldest professional society.

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Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

MATH-367
3 Credits
This course will introduce, explain and employ the basic techniques of cryptography, both classical and modern. Topics will include the Vignere cipher, affine ciphers, Hill ciphers, one-time pad encryption, Enigma, cryptosystems such as DES (Data Encryption Standard) and AES (Advanced Encryption Standard), public key encryption scheme (RSA), and hash functions. The course will include an introduction to number theoretic tools used in cryptography.
MATH-498
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-guided investigation into appropriate topics that are not part of the curriculum.
MATH-199
1 Credits
This course introduces the programs within the School of Mathematical Sciences, and provides an introduction to math and statistics software. The course provides practice in technical writing.
MATH-799
1 - 3 Credits
Independent Study
MATH-495
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed project that could be considered original in nature. The level of work is appropriate for students in their final two years of undergraduate study.