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Recent Applied Math PhD students working in academia and industry

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A number of recently graduated PhD students in Applied Mathematics have started working in a range of fields, including academia and industry.

Here are a few examples of what recent students are doing now:

Rasha al Jamal (PhD 2014) is now a Business Analyst in the Air Canada Operations Excellence department. The role involves but is not limited to analyzing and assessing the efficacy of Air Canada’s block times using multi-dimensional data and making recommendations regarding improvement of the calculation and implementation of block times to improve operational reliability.

Dhanaraja Kasinathan (PhD 2012) will be starting a position with the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) in Ireland in July.  "As a senior research scientist (control systems), I will be involved in developing new technologies that will provide a competitive advantage for UTC’s building and industrial systems. As a part of technology teams, my research focus is on the design and control of energy efficient buildings.”

Ruibin Qin (PhD 2012) has started faculty position in the School of Mathematics and Computer Science, Guizhou Normal University, Guizhou, China.

Alex Shum (PhD 2014) won the Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student. He has recently accepted a position as Lecturer in the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at the University of Hong Kong where he will be helping university lecturers and teaching assistants to become more effective.

Nancy Soontiens (PhD 2014) is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia, working in Dr. Susan Allen’s lab. She "is part of team developing a numerical ocean model for the Strait of Georgia, the body of water between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia. The model will be used to study marine hazards, such as storm surges, in coastal communities.”

Derek Steinmoeller (PhD 2014) will be starting a position in July as a Developer/Analyst at Desire 2 Learn, following contracts as a Scripting Developer at Google and a Build & Release specialist at BlackBerry. He will be "performing root-cause analysis, developing solutions and performing risk assessments, working with architects and deployment/configuration specialists, and liaising with project and product management departments."

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