Kara Maki

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Home Department and Title: School of Mathematical Sciences, Associate Professor

Interests (Teaching/Research):  Mathematical modeling

Year started at RIT:  August 2011

Favorite place(s) on campus: 4th floor of the library, outdoor/indoor tracks

Mentorship areas:  Preparing for tenure, work – life balance indicate 2 or more areas that you would be willing to mentor faculty.  Examples: grant writing, promoting your work, teaching (could indicate certain areas-i.e. flipped classroom, work-life balance, preparing for tenure/promotion, publishing your work, navigating xyz at RIT, work-life balance related issues (new parent, returning to work after absence, etc…)

Proud Professional Moment: What is the most significant/proudest accomplishment in your career?

Earning tenure.

Trials and Foils: What is the one challenge you had @ RIT and how did you overcome it?

A consistent challenge is work-life balance.  I have not overcome it, but I continue to adapt and learn from others.

Words of Wisdom: What is the one thing you know now, that you wish you knew when you arrived first year?

I just completed a full-year of sabbatical and I learned an important lesson: life goes on at RIT without me.  I don’t have to be involved in everything.

Future Aspirations: What you would like to accomplish in the next 10-15 years? 

In the next 10-15 years, I would like to establish a productive research center focused on industrial applied mathematics and mathematical modeling.