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Anthonia Carter

Career Path: PhD Student, Cornell University
Location: Ithaca, USA

As a child, I grew to love mathematics out of curiosity to understand the world around me. I knew that a solid education in maths would make me versatile in any field, so I pursued dual degrees (BSc and MSc) in Mathematics as an undergraduate student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I began university with a goal to use maths to solve real-life problems. I developed my skills in rigorous mathematical reasoning solving theorems. Here, I realised that maths is an art form, and there is a craft to thinking abstractly and applying logic to support my arguments.

Developing my craft was challenging, so I turned to visual art to help me to process my abstract thinking. I completed a BFA in Art Studio as a Post baccalaureate. Through drawing and painting, I created mixed-media art that paired with abstract concepts which are often difficult to visualise. My love for art ultimately led me to pursue a Fulbright Scholarship in art and design in the United Kingdom, where I studied Multi-Disciplinary Innovation at Northumbria University. I was immersed in a collaborative, creative, and experimental environment full of diversity. My experience as a Fulbright Scholar has led me to pursue a career in applied academic research.

What are you doing now?Anthonia Carter

I am a first-year PhD student in Information Science at Cornell University exploring research opportunities at the intersection of machine learning, fairness, and human-centred design. I am using design-led innovation to define notions of fairness in machine learning to reduce bias in automated decision-making applications.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I have a very diverse background in mathematics and art, so when I saw a design course called Multidisciplinary Innovation there, I was sold.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

There was a mixture of lectures and team projects. The feedback from the tutors was very constructive in helping me identify and shape innovation opportunities in each project.

How connected was your course with industry?

The course was very connected with the industry. It felt like I was working in a design research consultancy.

What was the best thing about your course?

I was surrounded by people with backgrounds and skills different from mine, and I had to learn how to work towards shared goals of a team. Together we worked to devise innovative approaches to challenges faced by external organisations using design-led innovation.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

I learned about design-led innovation, and it is now at the core of my doctoral research.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Design-led innovation Workshop facilitation skills

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

I enjoyed having the opportunity to study outside of my home country of the US.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Please apply! My time at Northumbria was trans-formative. I grew both personally and professionally.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Impacting, challenging and innovative.

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