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Applied math grad tracks business investments for US Census Bureau

November 15, 2012

College students and their parents often wonder how effectively degree programs translate into related jobs. For Sergey Adamenko, who received a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics for the life and social sciences last May, the transition has been seamless.

Hired shortly after graduating, Adamenko currently works in Washington, D.C, as a statistical analyst for the United States Census Bureau. He considers the position a solid first step on the ladder to success and cites ASU's transdisciplinary paradigm as a major factor in preparing him for this opportunity. Download Full Image

“While at ASU, I tried a few different majors but preferred the applied mathematics for the life and social sciences program from the School of Human Evolution and Social Change over traditional mathematics or statistics programs due to its flexibility in math education,” he says. “The program enables a student to tailor his or her math education with a variety of classes that fit one's interests or career path.”

The curriculum is geared toward teaching students to use mathematical principles to tackle real-world issues, like pandemics and natural resource management, by blending physical, computational, social and life sciences. The program promotes an appreciation of mathematics’ role in economics, the sciences, engineering and, particularly salient to Adamenko’s case, business and government.

Adamenko is officially a survey statistician, which means that he gages how American businesses invest their capital. “Some of my daily tasks include receiving surveys from the companies, reaching out to companies to gather additional information and processing and analyzing data to ensure consistency and accuracy in reporting,” he explains.

Adamenko, a veteran, was hired as part of the U.S Census Bureau's new corporate hiring process. “After my military service, working for the government as a civilian was always an intriguing option for me,” he mentions.

As a professional in what is arguably the locus of world power, he realizes how his academic career prepared him for where he is now, as well as where he plans to go. “I personally was enthralled with statistics, and the applied mathematics program allowed me to take a number of statistics courses with emphases in life sciences, social sciences and computer sciences,” he says. “My degree has provided me with the mathematical background needed for my current position, and I believe that my diverse education will open doors for me in the future, such as advancing to the next level of my career as a mathematical statistician with the Census Bureau.”

For students wishing to work for the government, Adamenko recommends the following: graduate education, a strong academic record, diverse experiences, an internship with a government agency or military experience.

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in applied mathematics for the life and social sciences.

Isaac Gilbert,
School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Rebecca Howe

Communications Specialist, School of Human Evolution and Social Change


ASU, Mayo Clinic open commercialization awards application

November 15, 2012

Personalized medicine offers the promise of breakthroughs in prediction, diagnosis and treatment of disease by calibrating healthcare around the varying genetic codes of both individual patients and the diseases that afflict them.

The Center for Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic has joined with the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED) at Arizona State University in sponsoring awards of $5,000 to $100,000 per award to promote commercialization of research in the general area of personalized medicine. Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE), the technology venturing arm of Arizona State University, will manage this initiative on behalf of ASU. individualized medicine Download Full Image

“The awards will foster research collaboration between the two institutions and lead to commercialization opportunities in the more than $200 billion individualized medicine industry,” said Jeremy L. Friese, director of New Business and Development in Mayo’s Center for Individualized Medicine. “At the Center for Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic, our goal is not only to make discoveries in genomic and clinical sciences, but also to translate these breakthroughs into real-world applications that can improve healthcare for our patients.”

“Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic have some of the top scientists and physicians in the world doing research in these areas,” said Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, senior vice president of OKED. “These awards will deepen the ties between our researchers and provide a boost for promising technologies in this area.”

Qualifying projects will:

1. pertain to individualized medicine, broadly defined as “discovering and integrating the latest in genomic, molecular and clinical sciences into personalized care,” encompassing wellness and nutrition; personalized services, devices and IT; and diagnostics

2. lead to commercialization potential in the short term

3. involve or result in collaboration between Mayo Clinic and ASU

Funds can be used for a variety of activities, including (but not limited to) prototype development, software or service development, pilot execution, company formation, or research endeavors leading to a commercialization product/ service.

Applications can be for new proposals or ongoing projects. The awards are open to ASU faculty, post-doctoral researchers and graduate students. Student/ faculty teams are encouraged to apply. Applications may contain membership from only one of the two institutions (ASU and Mayo Clinic); matchmaking can occur upon award selection.

For more information and to apply, visit Applications must be received by Dec. 21. Awards will be granted January 2013. 

Contact Charlie Lewis, AzTE vice president of venture development, at with questions.