I'm an Assistant Adjunct Professor for the Program in Computing at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow. I completed my doctor of philosophy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Having reached the "other side" in that I'm no longer a grad student has its perks, but like being a grad student, this is only a temporary position and I don't know where I'll be after this.
My main responsibilities include research (see some of my topics of interest below) and teaching programming courses.
I've always enjoyed the applications of math more than the theories, although theory can be both useful and beautiful. I've worked on a variety of applied projects, with a few currently underway - see the research portion of this page for details of the various projects. To be very brief, the problems I'm currently working on are:
These projects combine many fascinating mathematical fields including ordinary and partial differential equations, asymptotic analysis (analytic approximation schemes), and numerical analysis (studying how the problems can be coded and accurately solved with a computer). At the end of the day, though, being able to say something about the real world is what motivates me most (although the math is super cool!!!).
- modelling crime rates and the movement of transient populations due to new developments
- studying how the flow of viscous fluids is affected by the concentration of large particles suspended in the fluids and the inclination angle,
- investigating the effect of PEDF in Osteogenesis Imperfecta VI (Brittle Bone Disease).
I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba—the mosquito capital of Canada... also famous for the fantastically cold winters, which I am pleasantly reminded of each year when I go back to see family and friends over the break. I completed my university education in the beautiful city of Vancouver, BC, with tons of beautiful parks and hiking trails in close proximity. I'll miss Vancouver's excellent public transit system, delicious sushi, and amazing simultaneous views of the mountains and ocean, but I'm sure LA will be cool, too! I'm already impressed by the delicious vegetarian food and the number of juice bars. And there's actually really nice weather in the winter (I prefer it to the summer).
I really like hiking and being out in nature. Some other interests include: classical music - many pieces by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach, Handel, or even very ancient, traditional music; languages (French and I know a little Mandarin); cats (they are such amazing creatures); healthy eating, including organic/raw/vegan/fermented foods, green juices, local and sustainable food; baking both raw and conventional; and meditation (I taught meditation and related metaphysical practices for a number of years as a volunteer and continue to practice and support such endeavours).
I'm also a fan of Piled Higher and Deeper comics (reasonaby accurate depictions of what it's like to be a grad student - so many memories...).