## Graduate Students

### Laurel Benn

Laurel Benn is a second year PhD student in the Mathematics Department at UCF. He received a Masters degree in mathematics from the University of Massachusetts in 2001. He has over 20 years of tutoring and teaching experience at the college level.

### Robert Browning

Robert Browning is a third year Ph.D. student in the Mathematics Department at UCF. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in mathematics from the University of West Florida in 2010. Following graduation, he worked as a private contractor for the United States Military in an engineering and instructive capacity. In the years directly preceding his enrollment at UCF, he worked as an adjunct instructor at Northwest Florida State College. Robert's mathematical interests lie within the field of number theory, where he has made several contributions to the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences.

### Tsungai Chibanga

Tsungai Chibanga is a second year PhD student in the Mathematics Department at UCF. She received a BS in Computational Mathematics and a BS in Actuarial Science from Michigan State University in 2014, and a MS in Applied and Computational Mathematics from University of Minnesota Duluth in 2016. She has been a graduate teaching assistant since the beginning of her Master's program and was a learning assistant as an undergraduate student. She looks forward to joining the EXCEL/COMPASS Program in Fall 2017.

### Jordan D'Abruzzo

Jordan D'Abruzzo is a second year PhD student in the Mathematics Department at UCF. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science from UCF in 2015. He has a year of teaching assistant experience, and over five years of tutoring experience. As an undergraduate, he worked in the Math Lab at UCF and received Tutor of the Year for the 2014-2015 academic year. His research interests include probability theory and mathematical statistics.

### David Fairchild

David Fairchild is a Ph.D. student in the Chemistry Department at the University of Central Florida. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from UCF in 2017. His current research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs). This is his first year as part of the Compass/Excel program.

### Arielle Gaudiello

Arielle Gaudiello is a fifth year PhD candidate in the Mathematics Department at UCF. She received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Stockton University in 2013. This will be her fourth year as a member of the EXCEL/COMPASS team. Recently, Arielle was received the Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant at UCF. Her research interests include epidemic modeling, and she is working on a mathematical model for the human papillomavirus (HPV) in Japan with her advisor Dr. Zhisheng Shuai.

### Dan Gibney

Dan Gibney is a Ph.D. student in the Mathematics Department at UCF. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from UCF. In spring 2017, he received the Graduate Teaching award for teaching in the math mall. His research interests include algebra, combinatorics, and computational complexity theory.

### David Guinovart Sanjuan

David Guinovart Sanjuan is a PhD. Student of the Mathematics Department at the UCF. He has been working as a professor and a researcher since 2013. He got his bachelor degree in 2013 at the University of Havana. In 2015, he got his Master Degree in Applied Mathematics (Mechanics of Solids) at the same institution. He started as a PhD. Student at UCF in Fall of 2016. Between Fall of 2013 and Summer 2016, he was working as a junior professor of Topology, Ordinary Differential Equations and Calculus at the University of Havana. Between Fall of 2016 and Summer of 2017, he has been tutoring students at MALL and Math-Lab (Mathematics Department UCF). He has several publications in Applied Mathematics in journals as “Composite B”, “Composite Structure”, “Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids”. Nowadays, David lives in Orlando, Florida.

### Michael Lodge

Michael Lodge is a Ph.D. candidate in the Physics Department at the University of Central Florida. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics from UCF in 2010. Michael has extensive experience in the classroom, especially as a student, and has spent more than two years working closely with undergraduates as a teaching assistant in introductory physics labs. His research focuses on high-speed friction at the nanometer scale, as well as the motion of electrons through exotic materials, through experimental investigation. He looks forward to joining the EXCEL/COMPASS team in Fall 2017.

### Jason Strickland

Jason Strickland is a Doctoral Student in the Department of Biology in the College of Sciences at the University of Central Florida. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master's of Science in Biology from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas in 2009 and 2011 respectively. His research focused on the evolution and ecology of cottonmouths. Jason has experience in most fields of biology, specifically those that involve multicellular organisms (plants and animals). He has two semesters of experience as a teaching assistant in Introductory Biology. This will be his sixth year working for EXCEL/COMPASS and he is the STEM Seminar instructor and will be helping with URE this year. His current research in Dr. Christopher Parkinson's lab focuses on understanding venom evolution in rattlesnakes of the American Southwest.

### Alex York

Alex York is a Ph.D. student in the Mathematics Department at the University of Central Florida. He received both his B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from UCF in 2012 and 2015, respectively. This is his third year as a part of the Excel/Compass program. His research interests include Commutative Homological Algebra and Graph Theoretic Algebra.