Steve Bence

Director of Nike Global Transition Management

Nike, Inc.

Was there a math teacher, project or lesson that made a big impact on you while in school? What got you interested in math?


The biggest impact on me happened in an Abstract Algebra class in college (at the University of Oregon). I was probably a junior or senior at the time, about 20 years old. We were studying Galois theory and group theory which I enjoyed. For one class I was surprised when the young professor used most of the class to read us a story of Evariste Galois, the man behind the theory which we were studying. What stood out to me was the way that Galois died, in a duel.

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