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Mary Lynn Reed

School Head
School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science

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Office Hours
MATH 441 Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 11:00 - 12:00 via class Zoom link. Other Zoom meetings by appointment.
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Mary Lynn Reed

School Head
School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science

Education

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

Bio

<p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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 of the Crypto-Mathematics Institute, NSA's oldest professional society.</p>

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Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

MATH-699
0 Credits
This course is a cooperative education experience for graduate math and stats students.
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.
MATH-498
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-guided investigation into appropriate topics that are not part of the curriculum.
MATH-499
0 Credits
This course is a cooperative education experience for undergraduate students majoring in Applied Mathematics, Computational Mathematics or Statistics.
MATH-500
3 Credits
This capstone experience introduces students to mathematical problems and situations not encountered in previous courses of study. The class will primarily revolve around student-directed,collaborative efforts to solve a given problem using rigorous mathematical analysis and (as appropriate) computational methods. Significant work outside the classroom will be required of students. Students will write a formal report of their solution methods, and produce a poster for presentation at an end-of-term conference-style event.
MATH-441
3 Credits
This course covers basic set theory, number theory, groups, subgroups, cyclic and permutation groups, Lagrange and Sylow theorems, quotient groups, and isomorphism theorems. Group Theory finds applications in other scientific disciplines like physics and chemistry.
MATH-442
3 Credits
This course covers the basic theory of rings, integral domains, ideals, modules, and abstract vector spaces. It also covers the key constructions including direct sums, direct products, and field extensions. These topics serve as the foundation of mathematics behind advanced topics such as algebraic geometry and various applications like cryptography and coding theory.

In the News

  • September 9, 2019

    Mary Lynn Reed

    Mary Lynn Reed appointed head of RIT’s School of Mathematical Sciences

    Reed joins RIT following a 19-year career at the National Security Agency, where she most recently served as the chief of the Mathematics Research Group from 2016 to 2019. An accomplished mathematician, Reed has been recognized with the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Senior Professional and the NSA Director’s Distinguished Service Medal.