Nicholas Bennett received his BA in Mathematics from the University of the South (1991), and his PhD, also in Mathematics, from Yale (1997). His interests have always involved applied math in one form or another. Beyond the training he received at Sewanee and at Yale, Professor Bennett feels the most important formative influences on his career were a semester study abroad experience at Budapest Semesters in Mathematics, summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of Tennessee, two summer internships in the Director’s Summer Program at the National Security Agency, and the two summer internships at Schlumberger. The latter paved the way for his current employment as Research Scientist for Schlumberger.
Prof. Bennett’s work is quite interdisciplinary (math, acoustics, electromagnetics, geology, computer science) and so requires considerable technical collaborations. An important skill he has developed over the years, and recommends to others, is to learn how to present very technical work to a general audience. He is happy to discuss his public speaking techniques.