Bio and CV;
Professional statement (2016)
Note: As of October 2017, I am moving full time to
the Flatiron Institute in NYC, heading up the
Numerical Algorithms group in the Center
for Computational Biology (CCB). We work on computational
methods and their software implementations relevant to biology,
including neuroscience, imaging, data analysis, statistics, biophysical PDEs, and numerical libraries.
Computational partial differential equations: wave scattering (the Helmholtz equation), periodic diffraction problems, variable media, high-frequency eigenvalue problems, acoustics, optics, fluid flow (Stokes).
- Numerical analysis: fast algorithms, integral equations, quadrature, spectral methods.
- Computational biological inverse problems:
spike sorting (neuroscience), cryo electron microscopy.
- Mathematical physics: quantum chaos, random plane waves. (Also see old research and graduate work.) Mathematics of music.
Publications, talks, and notes (also see google scholar)
Prospective grad students: although the 1st-yr qual is pure-math oriented,
the 2nd-yr need not be, and there is an excellent applied/computational group at Dartmouth. Do apply!
Paula Chen '17. Senior thesis on improving spike sorting algorithms
for neural electrical recordings.
Matthew Jin '17. NSF-funded undergraduate researcher
measuring topology statistics of nodal sets of
random plane waves.
Seminars and conferences: I started and ran
Applied and Computational Mathematics Seminar from 2006-2015.
I was the main organizer for the workshop
Modern Advances in Computational and Applied Mathematics at Yale, June 2017.
Collaboration & mentoring:
students should check out our
applied courses roadmap
- Main collaborators:
- Prior group members and advisees:
- Larry (Yuxiang) Liu,
Ph.D June 2016 (Physics).
Thesis topic: fast algorithms for Helmholtz and Maxwell scattering from
periodic arrays of obstacles.
After a postdoc in applied physics with Owen Miller's group at Yale, Larry moved to RBS.
- Min Hyung Cho.
Computational optics, electromagnetics, fast algorithms, layered media.
IACM Instructor July 2012 - June 2015.
Tenure-track at UMASS Lowell started July 2015.
- Lin Zhao, Ph.D June 2015. Thesis topic:
integral equations for Laplace eigenvalue and doubly-periodic electrostatics and Stokes flow problems. Now a research associate at INTECH.
Adrianna Gillman. Research
areas: fast direct solvers, PDEs, integral equations. JWY Instructor
July 2011 - June 2014. Tenure-track at Rice started July 2014.
John Conley '15,
Presidential Scholar, optimizing multilayer solar cells, 2013-2014. codes.
- James Brofos '15,
adaptive schemes for close evaluation of layer potentials, NSF-funded undergraduate research, summer 2013.
- Ben Southworth '13
(co-advised with Brenden Epps), summer 2013. (went to Boulder applied math PhD program)
- Brad Nelson '13.
(Senior thesis; Cook-Richter award; Neukom prize;
integral equations in graded-index media, 2012-2013)
(went to Stanford applied math PhD program)
- Vipul Kakkad '13 (Presidential Scholar, optimizing bell mode frequencies, 2012). codes
- Kyle Konrad '12 (Senior thesis, high honors, quantum chaos nodal domains, 2011-2012. Picture used in this
CRM poster!. Support from Neukom Scholarship). codes.
- Hahn Nguyen '14 (WISP intern,
close evaluation of layer potentials, poster, 2011)
- Taylor Sipple '13 (Presidential Scholar, polygonal eigenmodes, 2011)
- Kathleen Champion '11 (Presidential Scholar & senior thesis, cell tracking with MCMC and 3D data w/ Gladfelter Lab, 2010-2011) (went to U Wash applied math PhD program)
- Zoe Lawrence, '10 (spatial dynamics of disease, co-advisor Dorothy Wallace, 2010)
- Yong Su '09 (Senior thesis, Tools for the capacitance of the cube and Laplace eigenfunctions on the sphere, 2008-9)(went to Stanford statistics PhD program)
- Evan Tice '09 (Senior thesis, cell division video tracking w/
Gladfelter Lab, 2008-9; awarded Kemeny Prize
for his code)
- Emmanuel Mensah '09 (Indep. study, inverse source problem, published in DUJS)
- Matt Mahoney, Ph.D. '09 (graded index materials, 2006-7)
- Chetan Mehta '08 (Senior thesis, optical tomography, 2007-8)
- Chor Lam '08 (Presidential Scholar, billiards, 2007-8) (went to Cornell math PhD program)
- Vissuta Jiwariyavej '09 (WISP intern,
acoustics & prime numbers, 2006-7)
Math22: Linear Algebra with Applications (Summer 2006, Fall 2016, Summer 2017).
Math53: Chaos! (Fall 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015).
Chaotic dynamics, maps, flows, fractals, applications...
- Math11: Multivariable Calculus
(Fall 2010, 2015).
- Math 116: Great papers in numerical analysis
and computational algorithms.
(Spring 2014). Graduate-level; description.
- Math147: Graduate Teaching Seminar
(Summer 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017). Nationally-recognized mathematics instructor training.
- Math 56: Computational and Experimental Mathematics (Spring 2013, 2014).
New course on computation tools in pure and applied math:
fast Fourier transform, millions of digits...
- Math126/116: Numerical analysis for PDEs and
(Winter 2006, Fall 2008, Winter 2012).
Grad-level: numerical, quadrature, integral equations,
layer potentials, fast methods, coding... description
- Math5: The Mathematics of Music and Sound
(Spring 2007, Fall 2008, 2010, and 2011). How instruments work, voice, ear, Fourier, signal analysis, acoustics, waves...
Math46: Introduction to Applied
Mathematics (Springs 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011). Core analytical tools formodeling, ODE/PDEs, integral equations, Greens functions, applications...
Math23: Differential Equations (Fall 2005, Fall 2007).
My Matlab demo
of Taylor series in complex plane
Math50: Statistical Inference (Winter 2006).
Business Calculus (Fall 2004, NYU). Contour worksheet.
Mathematical Wave Dynamics (Spring 2004, NYU).
New. Honors course on theory and numerics of waves, with
Linear Algebra (Fall 2003, NYU). In-class
math exam notes.
Multivariable Calculus (Spring 2003, NYU).
Undergraduate Math Lab (Fall 2002, NYU).
New; honors class on prime numbers, random matrices, graphs, with
Laboratory Electronics (Fall 2001, Harvard). Paul Horowitz and Tom Hayes, gods of circuit design.
Service to College on Student Life
Old Personal Page
media projects, music, photos, wind energy, electronics...
- Letter to President Hanlon on Sexual Assault and the Greek System (Sept 2013). Contains useful references for anyone who cares about reducing rape on campus.
- Opening statement for The Great Debate on the future of the Greek system at Dartmouth (April 2014). Accompanying reading list documenting effects of Greek life on student wellbeing.
- Letter to The Dartmouth re article in Green Key special issue (May 2014).
Statement for Moving Dartmouth Forward Committee on Extreme Behaviors (Aug 2014).
letter signed by at least 239 faculty, on phasing out the Greek system.
(Nov 2014). Faculty voted on this issue 11/3/14: 116 for, 13 against, 3 abstain.
Images from our group used for SMS/CRM 2015 poster:
Periods, pitches & pipes:
a new middle-school teaching module connecting music and math.
Megan Martinez, Alex Barnett (via GK12 and NSF, 2013)
from dielectric gratings (2010):
My front cover, Notices of the AMS (2008):
MFS basis stability for the Helmholtz equation
Math is a
myth in Wales
Dartmouth crime map