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Student Advisory Committee of ACME


Our mission is to initiate a strong, ongoing network of students committed to apply mathematics in pursuit of academic excellence and the betterment of society.

Who can join SACME: Applied and Computational Mathematics Emphasis students including those who have not yet started the ACME Junior core are all welcome to join SACME.

What we do: We advise the faculty on how to make ACME better. We help students through the program, and we organize activities and events for students. We connect with alumni and other friends of ACME. Our goal is to form a strong network of students and alumni that work together to help improve ACME and to help give ACME students support and access to great opportunities both at BYU and beyond.

Questions: For any general ACME questions, or personal questions to the SACME members please send an email to We also have Pre-ACME mentoring. You can request a mentor at

Spencer Young, Senior Class President

Hi! My name is Spencer Young. I’m currently a senior in the program and the president of SACME. My concentration is in Machine Learning and Data Science, and I’ve done research in geospatial methods, time series analysis, and statistical forecasting. I’m from the Seattle area originally, and served a mission in Cincinnati, Ohio from 2018-2020. When I’m not at school, I enjoy spending time with my wonderful wife, making music, playing and watching sports, and cooking (ask me about my pizookies).

Jakob Gertsch

Hey! My name is Jakob Gertsch. I’m from Detroit and served my mission in Fiji. I’m a pre-ACME student (currently undecided on my concentration) aiming to enter the program in Fall 2022. I am a foodie, love board games, and enjoy learning languages.