Igor Mikolic-Torreira

I received my Ph.D. in Mathematics from Caltech in 1984, writing my dissertation under Prof. Charlie DePrima. While at Caltech, I was probably best known for teaching MA “.9” (as it was informally known). I also TAed MA 1 for a couple of years.

I am currently working for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as a Special Assistant in Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation. Previously I worked at the Center for Naval Analyses, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), where I was the director of the Operations Evaluation Group. For more information, see my CV or my DoD-style biography.

One of the advantages of my work is that I get to see the world. I lived in Italy (Naples and Gaeta) for nearly seven years in the 1980s, in San Diego for nearly three years in the 1990s, and in Bahrain for six months in 2003. I have also visited just about all the countries that border the Mediterranean (except for Libya!), some of the Gulf States, as well as Japan and Singapore.

In addition to visiting places around the world, I also have had the opportunity to do rather unusual things (unusual at least for a mathematician), such as living at sea for 18 months on aircraft carriers and spending a total of 4.5 months aboard submarines (including 27 days straight underwater at one point). My flights in a variety of military aircraft have including both take-offs (“cats”) and landings (“traps”) on aircraft carriers.

In addition to work-related travel, I have also traveled extensively for pleasure, including spending a year between 1990 and 1991 backpacking from Norway to Tanzania.

Contact Information

My primary email addresses are

igormt (at) alumni.caltech.edu
igor.mikolic-torreira (at) osd.mil
I often travel to places where I can’t access my email for extended periods, so please be patient if I don’t answer your emails right away.

August 2010