I've always been fascinated with the way that the "real world" can be modeled by mathematics and physics, and my undergraduate studies were in the areas of "Engineering Physics" and "Applied Math" due to this fascination. Graduate school at CGU has given me the opportunities to explore mathematical modeling further, and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how broad and expansive the field really is. Fluid dynamics has always been interesting to me, but since so much work has been done in the field for hundreds of years, it was very intimidating to jump on board. Microfluidics seemed to be an up-and-coming field that had many real-world applications, and also provide a vast amount of mathematical modeling potential.
I would love to collaborate with fellow scholars in my field, which unfortunately at CGU isn't that substantial. So most collaborations would appear to be from other universities in my particular area of research. I am currently collaborating on a Research & Development project between KGI and a biotech company, Tecan, which has me working beside scientists at KGI, a post-doc student from Harvey Mudd College, a Master's student at KGI, and industry liasons at Tecan. CGU offers many opportunities for collaboration in their Mathematics Clinics, which generally involve small teams of graduate students, faculty members, and members of industry.
My area of research involves subjects such as numerical analysis, physics, chemistry, biology, and computer science. This is one of the biggest reasons I've ended up studying applied mathematics - because I love so many different areas of science, and instead of focusing on only one area, applied math allows me to cohesively engage in all areas simultaneously.
I gave a conference presentation at the SIAM conference in San Diego two years ago.
My short(er) term goals are to finish my Ph.D., and then I hope to end up in an industry-related career that still allows me to have the research aspect and "cutting-edge" feel that I've gotten accustomed to during my studies at CGU.