Department of Mathematics - College of Natural Sciences Colorado State University

Where are they now? Recent graduates of the mathematics graduate program

Fall 2014

Sarah Frei - MS

Advisor: Rachel Pries
Thesis Title: The a-number of hyperelliptic curves
After graduation: PhD, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR


Anthony Schwickerath - PhD

Advisor: Michael Kirby, Chris Peterson
Thesis Title: Linear Models, Signal Detection, and the Grassmann Manifold
After graduation: R&D Scientist, Department of Defense - Washington D.C.

Summer 2014

David Allen - MS

Advisor: Renzo Cavalieri
Thesis Title: "Oh, the Ramifications of Counting Covers! (in genus 0)"
After graduation: PhD, France

Jesse Drendel - MS

Advisor: Dan Bates, Patrick Shipman
Thesis Title: Bifurcation of semialgebraic maps
After graduation: PhD, Colorado State University

Hilary Freese - PhD

Advisor: Jeff Achter
Thesis Title: Abelian Surfaces with Real Multiplication over Finite Fields
After graduation: Ridgeview Classical Schools, Fort Collins, CO

Bahaudin Hashmi - MS

Advisor: Patrick Shipman
Thesis Title: Modeling of Atmospherically Important Vapor-to-Particle Reactions
After graduation: PhD, Colorado State University

Justin Hughes - PhD

Advisor: Alexander Hulpke, Chris Peterson
Thesis Title: Group Action on Neighborhood Complexes of Cayley Graphs
After graduation: Lecturer position, Towson University, Baltimore MD

Elizabeth Lane-Harvard - PhD

Advisor: Tim Penttila
Thesis Title: Strongly regular graphs from large arcs
After graduation: Tenure track Faculty, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

Nathan Lindzey - MS

Advisor: Tim Penttila
Thesis Title: Towards a General Theory of Erdős-Ko-Rado Combinatorics
After graduation: PhD, University of Waterloo, Canada

Eric Miles - PhD

Advisor: Renzo Cavalieri
Thesis Title: Bridgeland Stability of Line Bundles on Surfaces
After graduation: University of Minnesota - Morris, MN

Francis Motta - PhD

Advisor: Patrick Shipman
Thesis Title: Optimally Topologically Transitive Orbits, Complex Hadamard Matrices and Ion Bombardment
After graduation: Postdoc, Duke University, Durham, NC

Silvia Osnaga - PhD

Advisor: Michael Kirby, Chris Peterson
Thesis Title: Low Rank Representations of Matrices using Nuclear Norm Heuristics
After graduation: Unknown

Corrine Previte - PhD

Advisor: Chris Peterson, Alexander Hulpke
Thesis Title: The D-Neighborhood Complex of Graphs
After graduation: Tenture track faculty, California State University, San Bernadino, CA

Eric Schmidt - PhD

Advisor: Jeff Achter
Thesis Title: Number-theoretic properties of the binomial distribution with applications in arithmetic geometry
After graduation: Unknown

Chuan Zhang - PhD

Advisor: Gerhard Dangelmayr, Iuliana Oprea
Thesis Title: Storing Cycles in Hopfield-type Neural Networks
After graduation: Senior Systems Engineer, InfoSys Ltd

Spring 2014

Tim Hodges - MS

Advisor: Dan Bates
Thesis Title: Computing Syzygies of Homogeneous Polynomials With Linear Algebra
After graduation: PhD, Colorado State University


Rachel Neville - MS

Advisor: Patrick Shipman
Thesis Title: Persistent Homology of the Logistic Map: An Exploration of Chaos
After graduation: PhD, Colorado State University


Matthew Niemerg - PhD

Advisor: Dan Bates
Thesis Title: Gale Duality, Decoupling, Parameter Homotopies, and Monodromy
After graduation: Postdoc, The Simon's Institute at UC-Berkeley, CA

Fall 2013

Josh Maglione - MS

Advisor: Dan Bates
Thesis Title: Longer Nilpotent Series for Classical Unipotent Groups
After graduation: PhD, Colorado State University


Timothy Marrinan - MS

Advisor: Michael Kirby
Thesis Title: The Flag of Best Fit as a Representative for a Collection of Linear Subspaces
After graduation: PhD, Colorado State University


Roberto Munoz-Alicea - PhD

Advisor: James Liu, Simon Tavener
Thesis Title: HIV-1 Gag Trafficking and Assembly: Mathematical Models and Numerical Simulations
After graduation: Academic Support Coordinator, Colorado State University


Christopher Strickland - PhD

Advisor: Gerhard Dangelmary. Patrick Shipman
Thesis Title: The Mathematical Modeling and Analysis of Nonlocal Ecological Invasions and Savanna Population Dynamics
After graduation: University of North Carolina/SAMSI (Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute) - Chapel Hill, NC

Summer 2013

Tegan Emerson - MS

Advisor: Michael Kirby
Thesis Title: Automated Detection of Circulating Cells Using Low Level Features
After graduation: PhD, Colorado State University


Jennifer Maple - PhD

Advisor: Iuliana Oprea, Gerhard Dangelmayr
Thesis Title: Steady State Hopf Mode Interaction in Anisotropic System
After graduation: Unknown


David Packard - MS

Advisor: Patrick Shipman
Thesis Title: Frames in the Weierstrass-Enneper Representation of Surfaces
After graduation: Systems Engineer Northrop Grumman, Denver, CO


Dustin Ross - PhD

Advisor: Renzo Cavalieri
Thesis Title: Open and Closed Gromov-Witten Theory of Three-Dimensional Toric Calabi-Yau Orbifolds
After graduation: RTG Postdoctoral Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


Niketa Salvi- PhD

Advisor: Patrick Shipman, Ayse Sahin
Thesis Title: Two-Step Coding Theorem In The Nearly Continuous Category
After graduation: Industry in California


Bethany Springer - PhD

Advisor: Patrick Shipman, Andres del Junco
Thesis Title: Nearly Continuous Kakutani Equivalence
After graduation: Tenure track assistant professor of mathematics, Regis University, Denver, CO


Lori Ziegelmeier - PhD

Advisor: Michael Kirby, Chris Peterson
Thesis Title: Exploiting Geometry, Topology, and Optimization for Knowledge Discovery in Big Data
After graduation: Macalester College, Minneapolis, MN

Spring 2013

Luke Bayens - PhD

Advisor: Tim Penttila
Thesis Title: Hyperovals, Laguerre planes and hemisystems -- an approach via symmetry
After graduation: Public Servant, Government of Western Australia


David Hopkins - MS

Advisor: Michael Kirby
Thesis Title: A Computer Vision approach to Classification of Circulating Tumor Cells
After graduation: Research and Development, Total Benchmark Solution, Fort Collins, CO


Fall 2012

Robert Arn - MS

Advisor: Michael Kirby, Chris Peterson
Thesis Title: Object and Action Detection Methods Using MOSSE Filters
After graduation: PhD, Colorado State University


Daniel Brake - PhD

Advisor: Vakhtang Putkaradze, Anthony Maciejewski
Thesis Title: Homotopy Continuation Methods, Intrinsic Localized Modes, and Cooperative Robotic Workspace
After graduation: Postdoc, Colorado State University


Justin Marks - PhD

Advisor: Chris Peterson, Michael Kirby
Thesis Title: Mean Variants on Matrix Manifolds
After graduation: Postdoctoral Researcher Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH


Nicholas Rohrbacker - PhD

Advisor: Michael Kirby
Thesis Title: Sparse Multivariate Analyses via L1 Regularized Optimization Problems Solved with Bregman Iterative Techniques
After graduation: Unknown


Summer 2012

Melody Dodd - MS

Advisor: Vakhtang Putkaradze
Thesis Title: Automated methods for quantifying tortuosity of microvascular networks
After graduation: PhD, Colorado State University


Sarah Hamilton - PhD

Advisor: Jennifer Mueller
Thesis Title: A Direct D-bar Reconstruction Algorithm for Complex Admittivities in $W^{2,\infty}(\Omega)$ for the 2-D EIT Problem
After graduation: Postdoc, University of Helsinki, Finland


Anne Ho - MS

Advisor: Rachel Pries
Thesis Title: Counting Artin-Schreier Curves Over Finite Fields
After graduation: PhD, Colorado State University


Ken Monks - PhD

Advisor: Alexander Hulpke
Thesis Title:The Moebius Number of the Symmetric Group
After graduation: Faculty, Front Range Community College, Fort Collins, CO


Eric Nelson - PhD

Advisor: Tim Penttila
Thesis Title: The Group of the Mondello BLT-sets
After graduation: Visiting Assistant Professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, St, Geneva, NY


Ryan Price - MS

Advisor: Jennifer Mueller
Thesis Title: Introduction to Computational Conductivity Tomography
After graduation: Unknown


Anthony Schwickerath - MS

Advisor: Michael Kirby
Thesis Title: Anomaly Detection in Terrestrial Hyperspectral Video using Variants of the RX algorithm
After graduation: PhD, Colorado State University


Cassie Williams - PhD

Advisor: Jeff Achter
Thesis Title: Conjugacy classes of matrix groups over local rings and an application to the enumeration of abelian varieties
After graduation: Assistant Professor, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA


Yang Zou - PhD

Advisor: Iuliana Oprea, Gerhard Dangelmayr
Thesis Title: Spatiotemporal Complexity in Ginzburg Landau Equations for Anisotropic Systems
After graduation: Quicken Loans, Detroit MI


Spring 2012

Ryan Croke - PhD

Advisor: Jennifer Mueller
Thesis Title:An investigation of the Novikov-Veselov equation: New traveling-wave solutions, a numerical solution, instability to transverse perturbations and implications to the inverse scattering transform
After graduation: Raytheon, Denver, CO


Christine Herrera - MS

Advisor: Paul Kennedy
Thesis Title: The investigation of the strategies that best prepare STEM majors to be successful in college level mathematics
After graduation: PhD, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX


Michael Mikucki - MS

Advisor: Simon Tavener
Thesis Title:Sensitivity Analysis of the Basic Reproduction Number and other Quantities for Infectious Disease Models
After graduation: PhD, Colorado State University


Francis Motta - MS

Advisor: Patrick Shipman
Thesis Title: Patterns in Dynamics
After graduation: PhD, Colorado State University


Jaime Shinn - MS

Advisor: Patrick Shipman
Thesis Title: Nucleation and Growth: Modeling the NH3-HCl Reaction
After graduation: Instructor, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA


Melissa Swager - MS

Advisor: Yongcheng Zhou
Thesis Title: Electrodiffusion on the Surface of Bilayer Membranes
After graduation: PhD, Colorado State University


Fall 2011

Hilary Smalwood - MS

Advisor: Jeff Achter
Thesis Title: Endomorphisms of Abelian Varieties over Finite Fields and Characteristic Polynomials of Frobenius
After graduation: PhD, Colorado State University


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