Message from the Department Head

Hugo Woerdeman | Department Head of Mathematics

We invite you to join the Department of Mathematics at Drexel University. The competitive edge we offer our students is our co-operative education program and our unique curriculum, which is tailored to the demands of a work or research environment. Our students, at the time of graduation, have not only acquired the mathematical, computing and modeling background to start off a successful career, but they have already applied their skills in a corporate and/or research setting! The co-op experience allows students to go back to school and take courses that will better prepare them for their anticipated career path. Some of the recent co-ops our students have done include:

  • Actuarial Intern at Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co.
  • Statistical Analyst at Aqua America
  • Reinsurance Analyst at Ace INA
  • Investment Intern at Susquehanna Investment Group

A number of our graduates build their careers on their co-op experience while others use it as a way to try out different work settings. Our recent graduates have acquired positions in companies such as Commerce Bank, GlaxoSmithKline, Cigna, and BlackRock. Some of our graduates hold high-ranking positions (director, CEO, etc.) at companies such as Deloitte Consulting LLP, Equaterra, Paradigm Associates, LLC, Karr-Barth Associates, Sunoco, etc.

Of course, co-op is not for everyone, and therefore we also have a 4 year non co-op option. For those aiming for graduate school as fast as possible, this is an excellent option. We have had several successful students who have been accepted for graduate school at such distinguished universities as Harvard and Columbia.

We invite you to join our community! If you would like more information, please check out our website at, or contact me at 215-895-2668; I look forward to hearing from you!

Hugo J. Woerdeman
Department Head and Professor
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