Talithia Williams

Featured Speaker

EDGE ‘00. Mathematics Clinic Director and Associate Professor of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College. Author of “Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics.”

Talithia Williams is a 2000 EDGE alum and returned as a mentor in 2003. In 2014, she was the local coordinator of the EDGE Program at Harvey Mudd College. She is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, where she was the first black woman to achieve tenure. Talithia received her B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Physics from Spelman College. Following her time at Spelman College, Talithia earned her Master’s from Howard University and her PhD from Rice. In 2015, she won the Mathematical Association of America’s Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty. 

Talithia’s main area of research is the spatiotemporal structure of data. She has been recognized for the development of a cataract model used to predict the cataract surgical rate for developing countries in Africa. Her mission is to get students, parents, educators and community members more excited about the possibilities inherent in a STEM education. She is the co-host of the PBS series Nova Wonders, and is renowned for her popular TED talk, “Own Your Body’s Data.” Talithia has also delivered speeches nationally and internationally on the value of statistics in quantifying personal health information. Her latest Book “Power in Numbers” features 30 powerful women who fought through the obstacles, shattered the stereotypes, and embraced their STEM passions.