McGowan, Sean

Name: Sean McGowan

Year Graduated: 2007

First Job: The Boeing Company – Software Engineer on the Iridium Project

Favorite Course:

Tough question, but I would probably have to choose The History of Math w/ Dr. Sumner because it was that class that made me decide between math and physics as a major; however, in a close tie for second, Real Analysis, Topology, and Abstract Algebra were my favorite subjects.

Memorable Experiences in the Classroom:

Having to choose UMW–with its liberal arts reputation–based solely on proximity, I was nervous about the quality of the departments in any of the hard sciences.  I was nothing but impressed with the mathematics faculty. It was more than I knew to hope for, with everyone there being knowledgeable, experienced, accessible, and supportive at every step of the way.

Memorable Experiences Outside the Classroom:

I very much miss doing crosswords and reading on a nice spring day on a bench outside Trinkle.

Why Should Somebody Study Mathematics at UMW?

Attending lectures in mathematics at UMW ranks among my all-time best memories.  I am truly proud to have been a part of the program.