Academics

Mathematics Alumni

The following list is a sampling of graduates who majored in mathematics at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Michael Schulz (2009)
Mike also completed a minor in computer science. He is currently a software engineer for Teramedica in Milwaukee.

Jason Dahl (2008)
Jason teaches mathematics and coaches girls golf at Oconomowoc High School in Wisconsin.

Joanna Furno (2008)
Joanna was offered teaching assistantships by Ohio State and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics at UNC.

Daniel Noonan (2007)
Dan also minored in theology. He is pursuing a master's degree in Biblical languages at Trinity International University.

Nathan Finke (2006)
Nathan minored in computer science and then earned a master's degree in computational operations research at the College of William & Mary. He is currently working at Northwestern Mutual Life in Milwaukee.

Jeremy Bakken (2004) 
Jeremy double majored in mathematics and music. He is pursuing a graduate degree in music composition at the University of New Mexico (starting fall 2009). He also launched his own music arranging and composition services website.

Rachel Strutz (2004) 
Rachel played basketball at WLC. Currently she teaches mathematics at Bradley Tech High School in Milwaukee.

Rebecca Porinsky (2002)
Becca completed a double major in mathematics and Spanish. For the latter, she spent two semesters of study abroad, one in Puerto Rico, one in Ecuador. She also was a champion cross country runner at Wisconsin Lutheran. Becca accepted a position as an operations research analyst with the U.S. Army. She completed an MBA degree in 2010.

Carlos Solano (2001)
Carlos played soccer at Wisconsin Lutheran and was known state-wide for his skill in foosball. He is a transfer agent accountant at U.S. Bank in Milwaukee.

Kristi Meyer (2001)
Kristi was offered teaching assistantships from the University of Nebraska, North Carolina State, and Iowa State. At Wisconsin Lutheran, Kristi served as lead mathematics tutor, student senate officer, and excelled in her course work. She got an early start, completing calculus 1 and 2 at WLC, while she was a senior at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. She completed a Ph.D. in mathematics in 2006 at Iowa State University, specializing in cryptography. Currently Dr. Meyer is an assistant professor of mathematics at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Aaron Wiechmann (2001)
Aaron was offered a teaching assistantship at Michigan State, an NSF sponsored VIGRE fellowship at Purdue University, and a fellowship at Washington University (St. Louis). During summer 2000 he completed an REU at Argonne National Laboratory, working on a project implementing new algorithms for the numerical solution of systems of partial differential equations. At WLC Aaron was president of the math club, served as an RA, and in track was the NCAA III state champ in the 800m. At the spring honors convocation Aaron received the annual scholar athlete award. He also was nominated by the faculty and elected by the class of 2001 to be student speaker at graduation. Aaron earned a doctoral degree in mathematics at Washington University working in the area of low-dimensional topology. He is currently employed by the U.S. Department of Defense.

John Sorensen (2000)
While at Wisconsin Lutheran John excelled in all of his math courses, but his main interest was applied mathematics. He anchored our student team that earned a meritorious rating in the international mathematical modeling contest. He started work the day after graduation as a project engineer for Climatic Control Company in Milwaukee.

Dave Micheel (1999)
Dave combined his mathematics major with a minor in computer science. His strong academic performance and job experience in Milwaukee while a student at Wisconsin Lutheran helped secure a position at Northwestern Mutual Life in Milwaukee. He currently serves as a systems consultant.

Seth Borchardt (1997)
Remembered as the starting center on the championship Wisconsin Lutheran basketball team, Seth picked up a minor in computer science to complement his mathematics degree. After declining several well-paying job offers in Wisconsin and Illinois, he is applying his skills as a software engineer for Access International Financial Services in Denver, Colo.

Jon Cox (1997)
At Wisconsin Lutheran Jon was a mathematics tutor, writer for the college newspaper, cross country runner, and more. He was offered teaching assistantships by the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Purdue University, and Oklahoma State University. He chose Oklahoma State. In April, 1999 Jon was awarded the O. H. Hamilton Fellowship by the Oklahoma State mathematics department.

Jon completed his doctoral degree in mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Oklahoma State University in July 2004. His area of interest is algebraic geometry, specifically complex geometry. His professional career began as an assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Lousianna-Munroe. Currently he is an assistant professor of mathematics at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Olya (Baranova) Finnegan (1997)
Olya graduated with honors earning a double major in mathematics and psychology. Shortly after graduating she married Bill, a 1997 management information systems graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. After their honeymoon, Olya contributed many hours during summer 1997 authoring pages for the Wisconsin Lutheran website. Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, she became a permanent resident of the USA in spring 2000. A year later she completed a master's degree in management information systems at UW-Milwaukee. Currently she is serving as information systems analyst and web developer at Wisconsin Lutheran College.