Mathematics

Pi Mu Epsilon Conference

Dr. Sommer Gentry

Spring 2022 Conference Speaker

Sommer Gentry is a Professor of Mathematics at the United States Naval Academy, and is also on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is a senior investigator with the Scientific Registry for Transplant Recipients. She has a B.S. in Mathematical and Computational Science and an M.S. in Operations Research, both from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. She designed matching optimization methods used for nationwide kidney paired donation registries in both the United States and Canada, and helped pass a law legalizing paired donation in the United States. Her redistricting work was also instrumental in pushing the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network to make major policy changes that reduced geographic disparities in transplantation. Her work has attracted the attention of major media outlets including Time Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Science, the Discovery Channel, and National Public Radio. She was also featured on the Fox show Superhuman, doing combinatorics puzzles in her head. Gentry has received the MAA’s Henry L. Alder award for distinguished teaching by a beginning mathematics faculty member, was a finalist for the INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner prize for excellence in operations research practice, and received USNA’s Class of 1951 Civilian Faculty Excellence in Research award.

Contact the Mathematics Department
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Anne Sinko
Chair, Mathematics Department
CSB Main 207
320-363-5790

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