Alumni Spotlight

Name: Hannah Nix
Employer: Naval Surface Warfare Center
City/State: Panama City, FL
Job Title: Analyst

Hannah Nix

Tell me a little bit about your current job. 

 I am currently employed at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) in Panama City, FL. One of the focuses at NSWC PCD is Mine Countermeasures (MCM) research in terms of developing equipment and systems for the purpose of countering mines with mine sweeping systems and detecting mines with sonars before ships and sailors enter that area of water. As a new member of the tactics branch, part of my tasking is to analyze the effectiveness of the MCM equipment. Although I have just recently started, I have already had several wonderful opportunities outside my main task. One specific learning experience was going onboard LCS-2, the USS Independence. This Littoral Combat Ship is the lead ship of the Independence-class and is undergoing testing with new MCM systems onboard. I was able to live on board the Navy ship for over 2 weeks and see firsthand several MCM systems being tested.

Why did you choose to attend Troy University?  Major in mathematics?

 I chose to attend Troy University for several reasons. Being that both my parents are alumni of Troy University, I always had an interest in attending this school. I fell in love with the campus while visiting Troy my senior year of high school. The campus was absolutely beautiful, and the teachers, faculty, staff and students were all welcoming. Troy was the small town atmosphere I wanted for my college experience. I received the Chancellor's scholarship and several Trojan Opportunity scholarships which allowed the majority of my schooling to be paid. As a freshman, I was undecided on my major. However, once I completed the general mathematics requirements, I came to the realization that I didn't want my time in the math building to come to an end. It was as if the light bulb came on, and I decided I wanted to major in mathematics simply because those were the classes I absolutely loved!

What did you like best about the Mathematics program at Troy University?

 Troy University has a phenomenal mathematics department. The teachers and advisors always wanted to help me in any way possible. They truly wanted to invest in my education and future career. I also enjoyed the variety of math classes that were offered each semester. I had the opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of mathematical concepts. In addition, it was very advantageous to have smaller class sizes. By having a small teacher to student ratio in my math classes, it created in environment that allowed students to ask more questions and participate in group learning. In addition, the teachers actually knew who I was, rather than being just a number in an auditorium.

Were there particular courses, instructors, organizations, events, etc. in the math department at Troy University that you feel helped prepare you for your current career?   If so, tell me about them.

 The statistics classes at Troy University have been very helpful in my career. I only took Statistics 1 & 2, but I would encourage students to take more classes focused in that field. I was also a member of the Square Root of C Math Club at Troy University. I enjoyed attending the lectures of possible career fields for mathematics majors. Specifically, the math club hosted a Troy alumnus who was also a SMART recipient. This sparked my interests in learning about this scholarship opportunity. Eventually, I applied and received the SMART scholarship my senior year of college! The scholarship paved the way for my job after college at NSWC PCD.

Honors/Achievements: 

While at Troy, I received the Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship in addition to the Chancellors Scholarship and several Trojan Opportunity Scholarships. I was a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, Alpha Lambda Delta, Order of Omega (Secretary), and Omicron Delta Kappa (Vice President). My senior year, I received Greek Woman of the Year and the Virgil Collins Mathematics Award. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Troy University in May 2015.

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