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Math alum now-entrepreneur reflects on UAS math department roots

I hit the ground running and found the connections I had made with my professors at UAS set me up for success in my career.

— Joshua Galbraith, B.S., Mathematics '08

Having lived in Sitka most of my life, I had visited Juneau a few times and knew that I loved the area and wanted to spend more time there. What I found at UAS was beyond my expectations — in addition to my academic studies, I DJ'd a lot of dances, played music with friends, attended bonfires, swam in Auke Lake, kayaked, and hiked around Mendenhall Glacier and the surrounding areas.

I graduated on a Sunday and started with Southeast Alaska Monitoring Network for Science, Telecommunications, Education and Research (SEAMONSTER) that Monday.

Setting up wireless monitoring systems on the glacier, writing software, and storing and processing data equipped me to launch my own startup open source data base called Seastar and ultimately led to the job I love here at New Relic in Portland, Oregon.

Leading a team of engineers is exciting for me. The skills I picked up in my math classes at UAS apply more and more as I advance along in my career path. In particular, I've taken an interest in the burgeoning Data Science field and have been able to apply the statistical concepts I was introduced to at UAS in a variety of contexts.

Joshua Galbraith, '08
B.S., Mathematics
UAS Scholarship Recipient, 2008 Commencement Speaker
Senior Software Engineer for New Relic
Portland, Oregon