My name is Alexander
Adam Azzam; I go by Adam. I was born and raised in
Lincoln, NE. I’ve lived there most of my life, sparing a
year I spent living in
a year living in Uppsala, Sweden,
and completing my PhD in Los Angeles.
I am a mathematician. I
get asked a
about what mathematicians do. It's better to think
of mathematicians as professional problem solvers. In
addition to problems in pure math, I've enjoyed doing
research in a variety of topics in and outside of Math.
Most notably in Partial Differential Equations, Functional
Design, the School
Problem, and Transnational courts (in particular, the
effectiveness of the
Courts, and the ECCC).
I will be receiving my PhD in June
2017 from the University of California - Los Angeles
(UCLA). I get asked a lot about what
graduate students in math do. I focus almost
exclusively on Nonlinear Partial
Analysis. Partial Differential Equations (PDE) are
models for the physical laws of the universe. For example,
the Heat Equation is a Partial Differential Equation that
models the evolution of heat, and the Wave Equation models
how strings and other waves propagate. Solving a PDE
means starting with an initial state of the universe and
seeing how it evolves under your physical law. Though my
research concerned PDEs that modeled physical phenomena,
PDEs are fantastic for modeling other dynamical systems.
Of interest to me is the use of PDEs to model
the prices of stock options.
In May 2012, I received my Bachelor
of Science in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska
– Lincoln (UNL), where I minored in Economics and
Political Science. I'm passionate about math education and
pedagogy. Besides 8 years of teaching undergraduate math
at UCLA and UNL, one of the most rewarding teaching
experiences was being a Lincoln-Douglas
debate coach for my alma mater, Lincoln High
Fun Fact: My mother's father's
mother's mother's mother's mother's father's mother's
father's mother's father's mother's father's father's
mother's father was Gustav
I, the first King of Sweden.