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Matthew Kyle

August 18, 2023
Matthew Kyle is a fourth-year student in the Mathematics PhD program. Although working with EXCEL for the first time, he has been a graduate teaching assistant in calculus and differential equations for years. His main research interests are graph theory, number theory, and bioinformatics.

Alexa Grubowski

August 18, 2023
Alexa achieved a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Central Florida in 2023 and is now in her first year of graduate school pursuing a M.S. in Mathematical Science on the Financial Mathematics track. During her undergraduate studies, she worked in the Mathematics Assistance and Learning Lab as a learning assistant where her passion for helping…

Yizhu Caldwell

August 18, 2023
Earned Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Minor in Computer Science at UCF, now First-year graduate student majoring in Mathematics.

Elijah Cadenhead

August 18, 2023
Elijah Cadenhead obtained a B.S. in Mathematics at UF and M.S. at UCF. This will be his third year as a Ph.D. student and his first year in the EXCEL program. His research interests are deep learning and analysis. He was born and raised in Saint Augustine, Florida.

Omar Nour

August 18, 2022
I got my Bachelor’s in Physics / Applied Mathematics (double major) in 2019 from Florida Institute of Technology, and I’m currently a PhD student in mathematics at UCF.

Al-Muthanna “Al” Al-Ani

August 4, 2022
Al-Muthanna “Al” Al-Ani is continuing his education with the University of Central Florida pursuing an M.S. in mechanical engineering on the mechanical systems track.  With a love for teaching he wants to help other succeed in their major and become advocates for the next generation.

Xuyan Shen

July 19, 2022
Xuyan earned her M.S in Financial Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. She is in the Mathematical Ph.D. program ( Financial Math Track) of UCF. Her research interest lies in  Stochastic Control and Mathematical Finance problems.

Killian Hitsman

July 19, 2022
Killian had received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a minor in Chemistry from Nova Southeastern University in 2021. He is currently a first year Ph.D. student in the university’s Mathematics Department. While pursuant in the field of applied mathematics, he expresses interest and active training in physical sciences. His research interests lie…

Gayathri Krishnan

August 23, 2019
Gayathri is in the mathematics Ph.D. program at UCF. This is her second year with EXCEL and third year helping with Calculus. Her interests lie in analysis and applied mathematics.

Killian Muollo

June 6, 2019
Killian Muollo obtained a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Political Science from UCF in 2018, as well as an M.S. in Mathematics in 2021. This will be his fourth year as a Ph.D. student in the university’s Mathematics department and his third in the EXCEL/COMPASS program . His research interests lie in the intersection of the hard…

Tiffany Nielander

June 6, 2019
Tiffany got her Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts and Sciences with concentrations in Mathematics and English Literature from Florida Atlantic University in 2014. She is in the Mathematics PhD program of UCF. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on mathematical structures of poetry.

Yongho Sohn

January 29, 2019
Dr. Sohn is an UCF Pegasus Professor and Lockheed Martin Professor of Engineering in Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL). He also serves as an Associate Director for Materials Characterization Facility, a FL-state user facility for academics and industry with over $20M in analytical instrumentation and 3 full-time…

Bill Self

January 29, 2019
Bill Self is an Associate Professor in the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences and also serves as the Associate Director of undergraduate education. Bill received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with high honors from the University of Florida in 1993, followed by his Ph.D. in 1998 in which he studied the role of molybdenum…

Richard Zaurin

January 29, 2019
Dr. Zaurin is a lecturer in the department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering at UCF.  His research interests include Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of fixed and movable bridges, damage detection and identification, condition assessment, numerical simulations, and non-destructive evaluation of existing structures, design and implementation of smart structures, engineering education,  active learning, and high impact…

Phil Zheng

January 29, 2019
Dr. Qipeng Phil Zheng is an Associate Professor and the graduate coordinator in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, and the director or Applied Operations Research Lab at University of Central Florida. He is also the Editor-In-Chief of Energy Systems, a Spring Nature journal. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering…

Patrick Bohlen

January 29, 2019
I have a diverse research background that started with training in soil and ecosystem ecology. I spent many years researching the effects of earthworms on nutrient cycling in a variety of ecosystems. Earthworms provided an excellent model organism for examining the effects of animals on ecosystem processes.  I used this model to examine the effects…

Melanie Beazley

January 29, 2019
Research Interests: Bioremediation – combining geochemical, biological, hydrogeological, and engineering solutions to soil, sediments, groundwater, and surface water remediation Aqueous biogeochemistry (freshwater and marine) Fate and transport of metals and organic/inorganic chemical species in aqueous and sediment environments Microbial ecology of aqueous and sediment environments My research interests center on the fate and transport of…

Kelly Kibler

January 29, 2019
My research targets coupled biological and physical variables in river and estuarine systems. I am particularly interested in flow and sediment interaction and their influence to aquatic organisms at multiple scales. I study both natural hydrologic phenomena as well as waterways that are modified for human benefit; for instance by, dams, dredging, levies and hardened…

Kate Mansfield

January 29, 2019
Dr. Kate Mansfield is a marine scientist and sea turtle biologist. Her research focuses on sea turtle biology, ecology, behavior, management, and conservation. Using various census and telemetry methods, Dr. Mansfield’s research interests include sea turtle and other marine vertebrate movements, migration, and habitat utilization. Dr. Mansfield’s recent projects include testing and deploying small-scale, solar-powered satellite…

Justine Tigno-Aranjuez

January 29, 2019
Dr. Tigno-Aranjuez research centers on post-translational modifications occurring in innate immune signaling pathways involved in inflammatory disease with a particular focus on NOD2 signaling & Molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and allergic asthma. Post-translational Modifications (PTMs) Driving Inflammatory Disease Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and next-generation sequencing technologies (NGS) have greatly…