October 31, 2017

Stephanie Schneider ’15 Howson has always had a love for mathematics.

“Math is beautiful in and of itself. Every branch comes down to really understanding some basic definitions and concepts and then compiling a logical argument to obtain the results you want,” says the Exton, Pa., native.

At Susquehanna, she chose to double major in mathematics and physics so she could apply math to real-world situations.

She now works as a radar algorithms design analyst in the Air and Missile Defense Sector of The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md. The lab created a fuse that changed the course of World War II, invented the first GPS system and has been key in space missions, including one to send a spacecraft to the sun.

She’s also working on a master’s degree in data science from Johns Hopkins.

“Seeing the connections between pure mathematics and what we as humans experience every day never gets boring for me,” she says.

“Physics defines how the world works, and we can endlessly learn from this ever-growing field. Learning physics at SU taught me how to critically think and problem-solve in new and innovative ways, a skill that I use every day,” she adds.

Schneider says her education at Susquehanna wasn’t just limited to what she learned in the classroom.

“The other things I have learned at Susquehanna will stay with me for the rest of my life. Things like presenting my research at conferences, discussing current issues in artificial life, and calculating distances around the earth like a pilot does are not in your typical math class,” Schneider says.