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My number is 6! Facing a midlife career change I set my sights on leaving an industry career to pursue a P...

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6» 3rd down and 6 on the 36

My number is 6! Facing a midlife career change I set my sights on leaving an industry career to pursue a PhD that would transition me to a career in higher education. Standing in my way was a requirement of 6 calculus credits before I could even apply to a PhD program. I had avoided taking calculus all through high school and college - at 36 I had to bite the bullet. I came to TU and two outstanding professors in the Math Department got me over my fear. I entered the PhD program at College Park and 4 years later returned to TU as an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management. I am starting my 6th year on faculty and love it.

Tobin Porterfield

Faculty, Posted 9-14-12

Trying to think of your special number? Here are a few ideas...

  • Your dorm room number
  • Your favorite player's jersey number
  • The number of credits you earned
  • The number of games your team won
  • The room number of your favorite class
  • Your G.P.A.
  • The number of guys in your fraternity
  • The number of times you took CHEM 110
  • Your favorite radio station's call number
  • Your college boyfriend's phone number