NNU News

Math and computer science lecture will bust common myth

October 27, 2016

Faculty of Northwest Nazarene University’s Department of Mathematics & Computer Science will host their first annual department lecture titled “Math: Not Even Once, and Other Fallacies!” Thursday, November 10, at 7 p.m. in the Brandt Center Lobby.

The lecture features NNU math and computer science alumnus Preston Crow (’91) as the guest speaker. Crow is a software developer at Dell EMC where he works in the Symmetrix microcode group writing software that runs inside their high-end enterprise storage systems.

Crow’s lecture will address the longstanding misconception that math is never used outside of the classroom. Although he directly applies his undergraduate and graduate degrees (M.S. in Computer Science from Dartmouth University) in his daily work at Dell EMC, Crow also sees regular benefits of his math and computer science education in areas such as home repairs, politics, law and more.

In addition to the public lecture, Crow will be speaking at various campus events Nov. 10-12, including classes, a science and math alumni event, and an academic talk at 11 a.m. Thursday in Jackson Lecture Hall titled "Rules of Software Development and When to Break Them."

Thursday evening’s lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow. For more information, contact the Engineering, Math and Science office at 208-467-8361.