BOONE, N.C. — As a functional analyst with CGI, Appalachian State University alumna Nadine Lambert ’17 gets to solve puzzles every day.
CGI is a consulting firm that specializes in information technology and business process solutions. The company has offices in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia. Lambert works on government contracts in the northern Virginia office.
“I have to figure out why numbers aren’t adding up the way they should or why the software isn’t behaving as expected,” she said. “It’s a lot of problem-solving and a lot of fun. I have a good first job.”
Her job involves getting to know a client’s needs, customers, organization and business objectives, and then working within a team to make sure the company’s computer systems are efficient, effective and easy for its employees to use.
“Being in consulting, I have the mobility to move around within CGI,” she said. “I get something new all of the time.”
Lambert, who is from Asheboro, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics with a concentration in computation. She developed an interest in the computation side of math when she attended a summer course at Appalachian before her freshman year called Summer Bridge.
“While I was in the Summer Bridge program, I met a bunch of people who wanted to do computer science,” she said. “After being around them, it sounded like a lot of fun.”
One of the most valuable classes she took during her time at Appalachian was a seminar in the S-STEM Program that involved doing research, making presentations and working in a team on projects throughout the semester.
“That class created an opportunity to work with a variety of people, and develop communication and presentation skills,” she said. “Having so many presentations about projects at school has been really helpful when giving presentations at work.”
She developed relationships with several professors in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
“It was a small department, which was beneficial when I was doing research or homework to be able to go to office hours and actually get help,” she said. “I feel like there are a lot of opportunities at App.”
About the Department of Mathematical Sciences
The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers undergraduate degrees in actuarial science and mathematics, with concentrations in business, computation, life sciences, physical sciences, secondary teaching and statistics, plus a general, self-designed concentration. The department also offers the Master of Arts in mathematics, with concentrations in college teaching and secondary teaching. Learn more at https://mathsci.appstate.edu.
About the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 16 academic departments, one stand-alone academic program, two centers and one residential college. These units span the humanities and the social, mathematical and natural sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences aims to develop a distinctive identity built upon our university's strengths, traditions and unique location. The college’s values lie not only in service to the university and local community, but through inspiring, training, educating and sustaining the development of its students as global citizens. There are approximately 6,100 student majors in the college. As the college is also largely responsible for implementing Appalachian's general education curriculum, it is heavily involved in the education of all students at the university, including those pursuing majors in other colleges. Learn more at https://cas.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier, public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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