Laurie J. Heyer is the John T. Kimbrough Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Faculty Director of the Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Data Science at Davidson College. Dr. Heyer came to Davidson in 2000 after a postdoctoral position in the Center for Computational and Experimental Genomics at the University of Southern California. She received her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Texas at Arlington, and was an operations research analyst before doctoral work in Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a founding member of the genomics program at Davidson College, she regularly supervises student projects at the intersection of mathematics, biology, and computer science, and has coauthored two textbooks with faculty from Davidson’s Biology Department. Dr. Heyer is also the founder of Project PRONTO, a collaborative initiative in which Davidson students build web tools to enhance the student experience.