Professional and Biographical Information

Degrees

Ph.D. (applied mathematics and statistics and scientific computation), University of Maryland—College Park, 2015
M.S. (applied mathematics and statistics and scientific computation), University of Maryland—College Park, 2011
B.S. (engineering science), City University of New York—Staten Island, 2008
B.A. (mathematics), City University of New York—Staten Island, 2008

Research Interests

My research interests lie broadly in the fields of applied harmonic analysis and machine learning. One of the main ideas that I exploit is the representation of data (for example, human voice, social media trends or, more related to my work, images) into relatively simple building blocks that harness hidden structures in the data to extract relevant information and often reduce the computational cost of algorithms. A few subareas of applied harmonic analysis and machine learning included in my past and current work are diffusion geometry, analysis on graphs, composite wavelets, frames, neural networks, and image processing. I have enjoyed applying tools from these domains on projects such as early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder via extraction of biological markers present in placenta images, detection of age-related macular degeneration via identification of anomalies in retinal images, and perhaps less critically, but just as passionately, motion detection in animated images for Pixar. 

Teaching Interests

I have taught a wide range of courses from calculus, differential equations, to more advanced courses, Fourier and wavelet analysis, and numerical analysis. I enjoy teaching mathematics courses at all levels as they offer varied audiences and, thus, exciting pedagogical challenges and rewards. In each class, my goal is to make students reach a competency level that yields confidence, genuine enjoyment, and deep appreciation for the mathematical thought process. Ideally, this is accompanied by curiosity about mathematics and its incredible applications. To achieve these results, I strive to be aware of students’ distinct needs, build their intuition and ease with analytical procedures, and use effective teaching methodology—group work, class projects, integration of technology, if suitable. In addition, whenever possible, I draw on my applied mathematics background to introduce certain concepts or make them more relevant through carefully picked examples.