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I received my PhD in the Graduate Group in Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Davis where I was advised by Professor Jesús A. De Loera. I work in optimization, applied convex geometry, and mathematical data science. I am currently a CAM Assistant Professor (post-doc) in the UCLA Mathematics Department where my mentor is Professor Deanna Needell. In July 2021, I will join the Harvey Mudd College Mathematics Department as a tenure-track assistant professor!



Email: j(lastname)@math.ucla.edu.
Office: MSB 7354

Mail: Department of Mathematics
University of California, Los Angeles
Box 951555
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1555, USA

Recent News:

[June '21]

I was selected for the MAA Project NExT Gold'21 cohort! Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) is a year-long professional development program for early career mathematicians that addresses all aspects of an academic career. Looking forward to participating in this program and to meeting the rest of the cohort!

[May '21]

Our grant "Tensor Models, Methods, and Medicine" was awarded by NSF DMS Computational Mathematics! This award will support research developing supervised and hierarchical tensor models and efficient numerical and combinatorial methods for training these models, and an exciting collaboration with cardiologists at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center! It will fund summer undergraduate research positions and summer workshops bringing experts on the mathematics of tensors together with application area experts. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please reach out!

[May '21]

We submitted our paper Statistical Learning for Best Practices in Tattoo Removal (with student Richard Yim)! This paper employs statistical and machine learning techniques to investigate best practices in laser-assisted tattoo removal. This work is a collaboration with the largest gang rehabilitation and reentry organization in the world, Homeboy Industries!

[Feb. '21]

Applications are now open for my funded summer undergraduate research project Kaczmarz Methods for Large-scale Data Analysis! This project will be run in conjunction with the UCLA CAM REU and is partially funded by Harvey Mudd College. Applications from undergraduates at any institution are welcome and can be submitted through MathPrograms! If you are a Claremont colleges student, you can additionally apply at HMC URO.

[Jan. '21]

Our paper On a Guided Nonnegative Matrix Factorization (with student Josh Vendrow) was accepted to the 2021 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP)! In it, we propose an approach based upon the nonnegative matrix factorization (NMF) model, deemed Guided NMF, that incorporates user-designed seed word supervision. Our experimental results demonstrate the promise of this model and illustrate that it is competitive with other methods of this ilk with only very little supervision information!


I am not teaching currently.


I am running an REU group on "Kaczmarz Methods for Large-Scale Data Analysis" in the UCLA Computational and Applied Math REU from June 14 - August 6. This group will be jointly funded by Harvey Mudd College and UCLA and consists of students from institutions across the US!

As part of Project NExT, I am attending the 2021 MathFest (and three days of workshop preceding it) which is scheduled for August 4-7, 2021!

As part of Project NExT, I am attending the 2022 Joint Mathematics Meetings which are scheduled for January 5-8, 2022 in Seattle, WA!

I am participating in the focus program on “Data Science, Approximation Theory, and Harmonic Analysis’’ at the Fields Institute in May/June 2022 and will be speaking during the Focus Week on “Computational Harmonic Analysis and Linear Algebra”.

As part of Project NExT, I am attending the 2022 MathFest (and one day of workshop before it where I will graduate from Project NExT) which is scheduled for August 3-6, 2022 in Washington, DC!

Useful Links:

HMC Mathematics
UCLA Mathematics
UCLA Women in Math
UC Davis Mathematics