Department of Mathematical Sciences

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SAMBa was established in 2014 and recruits at least 10 core students each year. In addition, we recruit SAMBa aligned students who are recruited to specific projects, often generated from collaborations with our industry partners.

Students: 2018 cohort

samba cohort 5 2018

Simone Appella

simone-2018Simone graduated in Physics at the University of Turin in 2016, after completing an Erasmus internship at the Karlsruhe institute of technology (KIT) where he performed a statistical analysis of cosmic rays to speed up the data retrieval process in a non-relational database. In 2018 he obtained a Master’s degree in Stochastics and Data Science in Turin, with his final thesis dealing with the impact of Recommender systems on a network of online consumers. He is looking forward to widening his knowledge about dynamical processes on biological and social complex systems. In his spare time, he practises Aikido, running and enjoys watching Japanese anime. He is keen on video-games and programmed two indie games for portable devices with some geeky friends.

Oluwatosin Babasola

TosinOluwatosin graduated from Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation, Kenya with an MSc in Mathematics (Finance Option) in 2018 having previously obtained a Master’s degree in Mathematical Sciences and Mathematics at African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) South Africa and University of Ilorin, Nigeria respectively. His Master’s dissertation was on orthogonal collocation technique for numerical solutions of integral equations. He is also interested in option pricing and recently carried out a research on pricing of Barrier Options. Outside of Maths, Oluwatosin enjoys playing table tennis and football.

Thomas Bartos

thomas-2018Thomas graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2018 with an MMath in Mathematics. During his studies, he became interested in population genetics and the application of novel statistical methods to genetic data. In his Master’s project, he studied a class of classification algorithms and analysed the effectiveness of their application to gene-expression data. Currently he is also interested in statistical inference for models used in evolutionary biology. Outside of maths, he enjoys watching films, exercise and playing the piano.

Tom Davis

tom-2018Tom graduated from the University of Oxford in 2015 with a BA in Economics and Management, and completed an MSc in Financial Engineering at the University of Birmingham in 2018. He spent the intervening years working for an insurance company as an actuarial trainee, which is where Tom really began to find his passion for applied maths generally, and probability theory in particular. Since then, he has also developed an interest in numerical analysis. As part of his MSc, Tom completed a project in which he implemented and benchmarked, using C++, a Monte Carlo-based method for calculating guaranteed confidence intervals for means of random variables. In his spare time, Tom enjoys reading and programming, and is also (slowly) learning how to cook.

Margaret Duff

margaret-2018Margaret graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA and MMath in Mathematics in 2018. During this time, she completed summer projects in the Cambridge Image Analysis group and with GSK in Stevenage. Both projects focused on image classification, applying a mixture of computer vision and machine learning techniques to classify images. Her Master's Essay was on "Time Reversal Imaging in Inhomogeneous Media" which has applications to everything from earthquakes to brain tumours! She is excited to explore interesting applications of image analysis and mathematical biology. ​Outside of Maths, Margaret is a Cub and a Guide leader and volunteers with the Hosanna House and Children's Pilgrimage Trust. She enjoys walking, swimming, reading and travelling. 

Marco Murtinu

marco-2018Marco graduated in Mathematical Statistics and Data Management at the University of Genoa in 2016. During his Bachelor degree he completed a six months Erasmus period at the TU Dortmund, where he wrote his final thesis concerning the use of M-estimators for the detection of change points in time series models. In 2018 he obtained a MSc in Stochastics and Data Science at the University of Turin. His final thesis concerned the quickest detection of disorder times for the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process. He is interested in stochastic analysis and especially in its applications. In his spare time he writes fantasy novels (in Italian).

Laura Oporto Lisboa

laura-2018Laura graduated from the National University of Asuncion (UNA) in 2016 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Her dissertation focused on the numerical simulation of pollutant dispersion in shallow lakes. Following her undergraduate degree, she co-tutored two engineering dissertations and worked as a research assistant at the Centre for Research in Mathematics in Paraguay, where she took part in a research project in collaboration with colleagues in the Nephrology Department of the Clinics Hospital at UNA. Her other interests are reading, watching films, swimming and learning Korean and Finnish.

Eileen Russell

eileen-2018Eileen graduated from the University of Limerick with a BSc in Mathematics and Physics in 2018. Her final year project involved applying asymptotic techniques to non-linear ordinary differential equations in order to model a fluid dynamics problem. Eileen enjoys mathematical modelling and applied mathematics. During her degree, she completed a placement with Philips Healthcare in the Netherlands. Following her Bachelor’s degree, she completed a research internship at the University of Limerick, which involved Markov Chains. Outside of Maths, Eileen enjoys playing camogie and Gaelic football. 

Zsófia Talyigas

zsofo-2018Zsófia graduated from Budapest in 2018 with an MSc in mathematics, with special interest in probability and stochastics. As part of her Master's studies she spent five months in Stockholm with the Erasmus+ program. In her Master's thesis she worked out the proofs of two limit theorems about directed random polymer models. She also took part in two internships during her Master's years, exploring a Markov model for reliability problems of telecommunications services and also financial models. Apart from math she likes to travel and to do sport, especially table tennis or tennis.

Jordan Taylor

jordan-2018Jordan graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2015 with a BSc in Actuarial Sciences. He then worked as an analyst for NHS Property Services Ltd in London for 2 years where he mainly created, developed, and trained staff from various departments on financial models. He noticed the increasing uses of machine learning and artificial intelligence in a wide range of applications and went on to complete his MSc in Data Science at the University of Bath. His Master's dissertation was on the applications of machine learning for stock investment, whereby given some state representation of the market, one had to decide whether to buy or sell a stock. Jordan modelled this as a reinforcement learning problem with the use of neural networks as a function approximator. In his spare time, Jordan enjoys playing table tennis, badminton and the piano.

Jason Wood

jason-2018Jason graduated from the University of York in 2018 with an MMath degree in mathematics and physics. His Master’s thesis explored how individual fluid particles were moved by the motion of a swimming microorganism. He is currently interested in exploring epidemiology and the more general field of mathematical biology. Jason enjoys board games and literature, as well as the niche sport of underwater hockey.

Josh Young

josh-y-2018Josh graduated from the University of Bath in 2018 with an MMath, where he focused primarily on Probability Theory. He completed two summer projects with the Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation, firstly on the Keston-Stigum theorem for discrete time branching processes, and secondly on the optimization of tensegrity structures. His final year project was on the conformal invariance of critical site percolation but he is interested in learning more about a wide variety of topics. Besides maths, Josh enjoys reading, films, squash, and knitting bad hats.

SAMBa aligned students

Aligned students work on PhD projects generated by SAMBa, or work in close collaboration with the cohort. They are often co-funded by our partners.

Eric Baruch Gutiérrez Castillo

eric-2018Eric obtained his Master's degree in Applied Mathematics in 2016 from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. While there he did an internship in Deltares, a research institute dedicated to water and subsoil research, where he collaborated in the project "Tracking Plastic in the Ocean" for five months, which involved the modelling of global ocean currents for the prediction of plastic waste accumulation in the ocean surface. For the past two years he has worked as a researcher for the Mexican Institute of Oil, in Mexico City, where he has mostly focused in numerical analysis for different geophysical models. The most recent of these projects has been an effort to model low frequency acoustic waves in saturated elastic porous media, for oil reservoir simulation. He speaks four languages, has a passion for books and movies, and enjoys wall climbing, football and capoeira.

Dan Burrows

dan-2018Working with Schlumberger on drill system parameter estimation and hazardous event detection (Supervisors: Kari Heine, Mark Opmeer and Inês Cecílio).

Dan graduated with an MMath degree from the University of Sussex in 2016 and an MSc in Applied Mathematics at the University of Bath in 2017. He has undertaken various summer projects within the fields of harmonic analysis and wavelet theory, while his Master's thesis focused on a numerical spectral approximation of a class of oscillatory integral operators. Dan's exposure to Python via this project led him to become interested in machine learning and Bayesian programming, and he particularly enjoys how the rigorous results of probability can be used to powerful effect in everyday life. Away from mathematics, he enjoys learning and listening to music, football and (occasionally) cooking.

Jenny Delos Reyes

jenny-2018Working with Syngenta on mathematical modelling of formulation composition trade-offs for pesticides (Supervisors: Jane White, Begona Delgado-Charro and Josh Fernandes)

Jenny graduated with a BSc in Mathematics from the University of the West of England in 2017, and just recently completed her MSc in Modern Applications of Mathematics from the University of Bath. Her Master's dissertation focused on developing a semi-analytic method to approximate solutions to analytic partial differential equations using multivariate generalised Padè approximations. She is particularly interested in mathematical modelling, as well as numerical analysis. Besides mathematics, she enjoys cooking and listening to music.

Michele Firmo

michele-2018Working with Schlumberger on improving uncertainties estimates in a Bayesian framework, on the measures obtained with the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance on porous media. (Supervisors: Silvia Gazzola, Tony Shardlow and Edmund Fordham).

Michele obtained his MSc degree in Mathematics at the Catholic University of Brescia in 2017, with a final-project related to the description of the time evolution of the traffic flow at a highway entrance ramp, based on the non-local conservation laws theory. He worked for a year in a global consulting firm in the financial area before joining SAMBa, following his passion for mathematics applied to real world problems. Apart from mathematics, Michele is interested in eating (and sharing my home country food), running (with some breaks to eat berries), learning languages and travelling.

Yvonne Krumbeck

yvonne-2018Working on randomness in biological populations, funded by The Royal Society (Supervisors: Tim Rogers and George Constable)

In 2015, Yvonne completed a BSc in Physics at the University of Münster. Fascinated by non-linear dynamics, she entered the Master's programme in Complex Adaptive Systems at the University of Gothenburg and graduated in 2018. She developed a special interest in life science and wants to apply her maths and programming skills in an interdisciplinary environment. Thus, she devotes herself to the field of mathematical biology and currently works on population dynamics involving more than two mating types and probabilistic fitness distributions. Besides research, she likes learning new languages and enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking, bird watching and photography, or cosy film and boardgame evenings.

Students: 2017 cohort

Cohort 4 - 2017

Eleanor Barry

Eleanor BarryEleanor graduated in 2017 with an MMath from the university of Exeter, with her final year project based on evolutionary game theory. She spent one summer as part of an epidemiological project investigating the consequences of arsenic in drinking water on health at Public Health England, and another investigating improvements in the computational modelling of radiation dispersion at Public Health England and the Met Office. She is particularly looking forward to learning more about Mathematical Biology and Networks. In her spare time she enjoys archery, board games, jogging and reading historical biographies.

Stefano Bruno

Stefano BrunoStefano graduated with an MSc in Stochastics and Data Science at the University of Turin in 2017. During his studies, he developed especially interest in probability theory and he decided to write his thesis studying the consequences of applying the Non-Central Limit theorem in the convergence of uncouple continuous time random walks. In his spare time, Stefano enjoys hiking, indoor climbing and listening to music.

Teo Deveney

Teo DeveneyTeo completed a mathematics BSc at Bath in 2016 and an MSc in mathematical modelling and scientific computing at Oxford in 2017 - specialising in probability, statistics, and numerical analysis throughout. His Master’s thesis analysed the behaviour of ODEs driven by smooth noise functions; and he also spent a summer researching a numerical approach to solving an optimal stopping problem on a measure valued stochastic process. He remains interested in many areas of SAMBa and is excited to build deeper knowledge in a breadth of topics before choosing a direction to specialise. His hobbies include basketball, music, exercise, and film.

Shaunagh Downing

Shaunagh DowningShaunagh graduated from the University of Limerick in 2016 with a BSc in Mathematics and Physics. During this time, she undertook an internship at an international semiconductor company and completed a final year thesis concerning Stefan problems. Following her undergraduate, Shaunagh undertook an industrial research placement at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics in Los Angeles, collaborating with a National Research Laboratory. Shaunagh continued her studies at the University of Bath, completing an MSc in Modern Applications of Mathematics. Her Master’s dissertation was based on corner flows of viscoelastic fluids, in particular looking at the stress singularities around sharp re-entrant corners. Outside of maths, Shaunagh has a black belt in karate, and also enjoys watching Gaelic football, and reading.

Tom Finn

Tom FinnTom graduated from Bath in 2017 with an MMath and is particularly interested in analysis and probability. He completed a summer project on the mixing times of load balancing schemes and his final year project used the close relationship between random walks, martingales, and harmonic functions to explicitly find the potential kernel for the simple random walk on the hexagonal lattice. Apart from Maths, Tom's favourite things include cricket, handball, obscure Simpsons’ references, and films by Paul Thomas Anderson.

Christoph Gartner

Christoph GartnerChristoph graduated from the Karlsruher Institute for Technology in 2017 with an MSc degree and did his final project on transport of random measures and Brownian excursion theory. His research interests are Lévy processes, random walks, and stochastic calculus just to name a few. Outside of working and mathematics he enjoys travelling, running, reading, cycling and learning languages.

Will Graham

Will GrahamWill graduated from the University of Bath with an MSci in Maths and Physics; where his Master’s project was concerned with using techniques from statistical mechanics to model fluid systems at criticality. Thanks to the physics portion of his undergrad, his interests are largely in modelling and applied maths, however he also maintains a quiet interest in analysis. When not filling his head with maths, Will enjoys card- and board games.

Paolo Grazieschi

paolo grazieschi Paolo graduated in 2017 at the Università di Pisa (with a thesis on stochastic models for the human brain. He has then moved to the University of Warwick where he was a member of the MASDOC CDT programme. After completing the first year with a MSc, he moved to Bath to pursue his PhD. His work concentrates on stochastic particle system models and their convergence to stochastic partial differential equations; particularly, he is very interested in questions of regularity and well-posedness for SPDEs as well as the way the limit equations arises from the particle system. Outside of mathematics, Paolo loves running and cycling, regularly taking part in athletics competitions. He is also often in search for good food and he likes cinemas and theatres.

Trishen Gunaratnam

Trishen Gunaratnam Trishen graduated in 2017 with an MMath from the University of Warwick. He completed the MSc year of the MASDOC CDT programme there but has transferred to the University of Bath to pursue his PhD. His MSc dissertation made progress towards: i) establishing quasi-invariance of Gaussian measures for the cubic nonlinear wave equation in 3d; and ii) establishing a decay of spectral gap for stochastic quantisation equations of low temperature $\Phi^4$-theories in 2d. His research interests lie in the fields of stochastic partial differential equations, Euclidean quantum field theory and statistical physics, although he maintains a general interest in mathematical physics as a whole. Outside of math, Trishen enjoys going to restaurants, seeing live jazz and going to cinemas/theatres.

Allen Hart

Allen HartAllen completed his MSci in Mathematics and Physics at the University of Bath. During his summers he worked at l'Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France looking at the scattering patterns of neutrons diffracted through materials like benzene, graphene and ice. His university projects have been varied and include simulating critical fluids and calibrating an antenna array - but he doesn't know what area of mathematics or which application to commit to at the moment. He hopes to find a fun problem during his first year at SAMBa he can attack throughout the remainder of his PhD. Outside of mathematics, Allen has done a bit of work as a ski instructor, likes to play sports, and hang out with friends.

Yyanis Johnson-Llambias

Yyanis Johnson-LlambiasYyanis graduated from the University of Oxford in 2017 with an MMath in Mathematics, with a broad interest in applications. He has undertaken summer projects on topics in fluid dynamics at Oxford and Perm Krai, Russia, and has written undergraduate and Master’s theses on the topics of Thermohaline circulation oceanography and the Stokes wave. Outside of mathematics, Yyanis enjoys sports (occasionally seriously but mainly frivolously), films, and music.

Kevin Olding

Kevin OldingKevin graduated with an MMath degree in Mathematics from the University of Oxford in 2007 and then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course. He worked for a year in a law firm and then returned to Mathematics to teach in two secondary schools in London. Whilst teaching he studied part time for an MSc in Applied Statistics and Stochastic Modelling at Birkbeck College, London and subsequently taught there. Returning to full time study at SAMBa he continues to teach Mathematics through his Mathsaurus YouTube channel.

Lizhi Zhang

Lizhi ZhangLizhi studied Applied Mathematics (Financial Engineering) in Shanghai. His last two years was speant at the University of Strathclyde, where he obtained a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics. He then completed a Master of Advanced Study (MASt) in Mathematical Statistics from Cambridge University. His essay for his MASt is about proving the error bound of Total Variant Denoising algorithm, which is an application of Lasso Regression in Computer Vision. Lizhi is interested in practical applications of statistics and the theories behind them. Currently, his main interest is in Machine Learning.

SAMBa aligned students

Aligned students work on PhD projects generated by SAMBa, or work in close collaboration with the cohort. They are often co-funded by our partners.

Alice Callegaro

Alice CallegaroWorking on spatial dependence in branching structures (Supervisor: Matt Roberts)

Alice completed her MSc degree in Mathematics at the University of Padua in 2017. In her Master’s thesis she investigated models of the diffusion of innovation in social networks. She is particularly interested in probability theory and she is fascinated by how mathematics can be employed to address problems from the real world, which made her keen on the SAMBa program. Outside mathematics, she enjoys travelling, doing sports and reading.

Tomas Chuaqui

Tomas ChuaquiWorking with GKN on efficient multi-scale methods for test reduction in aerospace composites. (Supervisors: Richard Butler, Andrew Rhead and Rob Scheichl)

Tomas obtained an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, Portugal with a specialization in structural engineering. In his Master’s thesis he investigated the non-linear dynamic behaviour of single-layer graphene sheets. In the past year, he has done active research on the static shape and vibration control of piezoelectric smart materials using meshless methods at the University of Porto. Besides engineering, Tomas enjoys playing football, travelling, and listening to music.

James Evans

James EvansWorking with N12 and Airbus on composite component mass reduction via nano-tube reinforcement and probabilistic failure analysis. (Supervisors: Andrew Rhead and Karim Anaya-Izqueirdo)

James graduated from the University of Bath in 2017 with an MEng in Aerospace engineering which included a placement year working in the Aluminium industry in Michigan, USA. This developed his interest in material science and subsequently led to him choosing to do a PhD analysing the effects of nanotubes in composite materials at high humidity and temperatures through statistical analysis – jointly through the engineering and mathematics departments. James enjoys playing water polo and the guitar in his free time.

Arron Gosnell

arron_gosnellWorking with Syngenta on modern statistical techniques for assessing and predicting herbicide performance (Supervisors: Evangelos Evangelou and Kostas Papachristos).

Arron read his BSc in mathematics at King’s College London, and MSc in statistics at the University of Kent. His master’s dissertation involved analysing the proliferation of an SIR epidemic, having introduced a vaccine to the population. His research involves assessing and predicting herbicide performance using modern statistical and machine learning techniques, and is in collaboration with Syngenta. Arron enjoys playing squash, listening to music, and travelling.

Rajan Jagpal

Rajan JagpalWorking with GKN on automated and defect-free forming of complex composite parts with machine learning. (Supervisors: Evripides Loukaides and Evangelos Evangelou).

Rajan graduated with an MSc in Engineering Design from the University of Bath in 2017. His dissertation explored the use of carbon nanotubes in improving the flexural strength of carbon fibre ice hockey sticks. Through non-destructive testing and experimental methods, defect response and damage propagation was evaluated in a complex geometry. Continuing with interest in this field, Rajan hopes to reduce the prevalence of defects in manufactured composite parts.

Jasmine Rance

Jasmine RanceSponsored partly by Renishaw and investigating additive manufacturing of cutting tools. (Supervisor: Alborz Shokrani).

Jasmine graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BSc in Mathematical Sciences before undertaking the MSc in Modern Applications of Mathematics at the University of Bath. She has completed numerous projects investigating the treatment of gliomas and acute leukaemia. More recently investigating the uncertainty in the delivery of the treatment using the multilevel Monte Carlo method. In her spare time she enjoys rowing, yoga and cooking.

Tom Smith

Tom SmithWorking with the Environment Agency on improving estimates of the frequency of extreme events (e.g. flooding) by using non-systematic records. (Supervisors: Simons ShawThomas Kjeldsen and Ilaria Prosdocimi).

Tom graduated from the University of Bath in 2017 with an MMath degree, which included a year-long industrial placement doing consumer loyalty analytics. His final-year project involved using Conditional Autoregressive Bayesian Spatial models and Monte-Carlo methods to quantify uncertainty in estimates of the impact which air pollution has on health. He has a particular interest in the application of statistics, and in the role that statistics plays in society. Outside of mathematics, he has an appreciation for computing, music, and cats.

Abigail Verschueren

Abigail VerschuerenWorking on Phase 3 Clinical Trials Statistics in collaboration with Novartis (Supervisor: Christopher Jennison).

Abigail graduated with an MMath from the University of Sheffield in 2017 where she spent her Master’s year focusing on Statistics. Her dissertation on MCMC methods applied to Emulators was the follow up to a summer research project about machine learning. During Abigail’s undergraduate degree, she developed an interest in Medical Statistics and completed a summer internship with Health Data Insight, a cancer data registry, analysing cancer recurrence times. Abigail enjoys playing the cello and participating in triathlon.

Students: 2016 cohort


john-fernleyJohn Fernley

John graduated from the University of Oxford in 2016 with an MMath in Mathematics, specialising in Probability and Combinatorics. He undertook summer projects at Oxford and at York, and continues to be interested in the scaling limits of Integrable Systems. Otherwise, John enjoys listening to music and playing chess badly.

Uziel Gonzalez

uziel-gonzalezPart funded by CONACyT

Uziel was born and raised in Xalapa, Mexico, the coffee-growing region of the country. He then moved to Mexico City where he completed his Bachelor's and Master's of Science in Mathematics, with a focus on Computational Statistics, at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). After a few years working in financial consulting, he decided to move to the UK to further his work in spatial statistics. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, and listening to blues music. He especially enjoys scuba diving in the Caribbean but is keen to try any other aquatic activity.

Elizabeth Gray

Elizabeth-grayElizabeth is from St Albans, and prior to her arrival in Bath, studied Maths at Durham University, graduating in 2016. While there, her fourth year project was about constructing league tables using generalised linear mixed models. When not doing maths, Elizabeth enjoys singing and playing guitar.


Nadeen Khaleel

Nadeen-khaleelNadeen graduated from the University of Bath in 2016 with an MMath degree and is particularly interested in statistics. She completed a summer project on the development of multi-level regression for automation of multi-block mesh generation. As well as mathematics, Nadeen enjoys reading, playing sports and watching films.


Matthias Klar

Matthias-klarMatthias graduated with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Bonn in summer 2016. In his Master’s thesis “Differential Inclusions in Nonlinear Elasticity with BV Regularization” he discovered and analysed solutions that describe the behaviour of shape-memory alloys in a specific model. Matthias is particularly keen about the SAMBa programme, because it allows him to learn more about the application of stochastics and statistics in real world problems while still leaving the door open for a purely mathematical dissertation. In his spare time, Matthias likes to stay physically fit by going running, cycling or playing badminton, and mentally by constantly improving his mandarin skills.

Amélie Klein

amelie-kleinAmélie completed a Msc in applied mathematics and statistics from the university of Lyon 1, France. During her final internship she worked on the automatic classification of tread wear pattern using random forest. She is particularly interested in statistical genetics and mathematical biology. Outside of mathematics, she likes playing basket- ball and watching weird films.


Matt Lee

Matt-leeMatt graduated from the Queen's University of Belfast in 2016 with an MSci in Applied Mathematics and Physics. In his thesis, Matt modelled the behaviour of positrons in low energy collisions with noble gas atoms and their subsequent cooling, positronium formation, and annihilation under a Maxwellian distribution using a system of ODEs. Outside of mathematics, Matt loves to read and debate theology, play cricket, drink tea, eat hot curries, and follow Formula 1.

Daniel Ng

Daniel-ngDaniel graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2016 with an MMath degree. He took a range of pure courses in his undergraduate but settled on analysis and probability in his final year. His Part III essay was "Random Walk on Lamplighter Groups", based on Lyons and Peres' book "Probability on Trees and Networks". Daniel enjoys teaching himself foreign languages such as Russian and Japanese, playing the piano, training in the gym, visiting forests and lakes, meeting new friends and learning new sports.

Thomas Pennington

Tom-penningtonTom graduated from Durham University in 2015 with a BSc in Mathematics. His interests in computational and applied maths led him to the Modern Applications of Mathematics MSc offered by Bath, which included a placement writing numerical software in the oil industry. While between universities, he undertook a summer research placement at York focused on Mathematical Biology. During the next four years of SAMBa, he hopes to expand his understanding of applied maths and maybe even learn some stats along the way. Outside of maths he enjoys listening to music, cycling and hiking.

Lizzi Pitt

Lizzi-pittLizzi graduated from the University of Bath in 2016 with a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics which included a placement year working as a statistician within a research unit of a global pharmaceutical company. This developed her interest in statistics, particularly applied to medical and pharmaceutical problems, and led to further work experience in the field. Lizzi also enjoys dancing, running, yoga, learning languages and visiting family and friends.

Malena Sabate Landman

Malena-sabate-landmanMalena graduated with a double degree in Physics and Mathematics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and spent her last year on an ERASMUS exchange at Durham University. She completed her final project on the statistical analysis of quantum measurement-induced stochastic dynamics using FDA. As she had a growing interest in Statistics, she chose to continue her research in the SAMBa program. Outside of mathematics, Malena loves doing sports and writing. She also enjoys traveling and having friends over for dinner.

Tsogzolmaa Saizmaa

tsogzolmaa-saizmaaSponsored by the Schlumberger Foundation

Tsogzolmaa Saizmaa completed her BSc and MSc degree in mathematics at National University of Mongolia. She wrote her thesis in the area of stochastic differential equations and their numerical approximations. During her studies, she developed especially interest in probability theory and its applications. Since her graduation, she has been teaching lectures in probability in National University of Mongolia before joining in SAMBa. Apart from mathematics, she spent 5 years doing a research in Human Computer Interaction field and received a PhD in computer science from Inje University. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her son (2 years old), talking any issues (including mathematical) with her husband, solving puzzles, watching films, listening to music, and singing.

Cameron Smith

Cameron-smithCameron graduated with an MMath from the University of Bath in 2016 and has a particular interest in mathematical biology. His final year project investigated hybrid methods for simulating diffusion on a uniformly growing domain. Outside of his mathematical bubble, he enjoys running, playing football (badly!) and reading.

SAMBa aligned students

Aligned students work on PhD projects generated by SAMBa, or work in close collaboration with the cohort. They are often co-funded by our partners.

Román Aguirre-Perez

roman-aguirre-perezRoman graduated with a degree in Mathematics from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEMex) and a MSc. in Mathematics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). During his studies and a couple of years working as Data Analyst, he developed an interest in Applied Statistics particularly in the fields of Computational Statistics and Spatial Statistics. In his spare time, Roman loves playing football, running and swimming. He also enjoys learning to cook and listening to trova (folk?).

Matthew Griffith

Matthew-griffithSponsored by the NERC-funded GW4+ DTP and working with the Met Office  studying vertical coupling in an extended unified model'. (supervisors: Chris Budd, Nick Mitchell and John Thuburn).

Matthew graduated from the University of Bath in 2016 with an MMath in Mathematics with Study Year Abroad. His final year project was titled “Planetary Motion in Einstein's Theory of General Relativity”, which involved comparing planetary orbits in a Newtonian and Einsteinian setting, and modelling these orbits. His interests continue to lie in the field of numerical modelling, now being applied to weather prediction and climate. Outside of mathematics, Matthew is a keen skier/snowboarder and enjoys playing squash and duplicate bridge.

Emma Horton

Emma-hortonWorking with Amec Foster Wheeler on Monte Carlo methods for the neutron transport equation via branching processes (supervisor: Andreas Kyprianou).

Emma graduated from the University of Bath in 2016 with an MMath in Mathematics. She has undertaken several undergraduate and summer projects in probability, covering topics such as Lévy processes, condensation and branching processes. Her final year project involved looking at various representations of multi-type branching processes. In her spare time, Emma enjoys playing hockey and squash, and generally loves being outdoors.

Hayley Wragg

Hayley-wraggWorking with BT on propagation of signals from indoor small cells and optimization of cell positions (supervisors: Chris Budd and Robert Watson).

Hayley graduated in with an MMath from the University of Sussex in 2016. Her undergraduate dissertation was on "Evolving surface finite element analysis of a semi-linear parabolic equation". Outside of mathematics Hayley enjoys rugby, adventures and watching Disney films.

Students: 2015 cohort

SAMBa cohort 2015

Jack Betteridge


Jack graduated from the University of Warwick in Summer 2015 with an MMath degree. His final year project was entitled 'Spiral Waves in Oscillating Excitable Media' and concerned specific solutions to reaction-diffusion equations and their behaviour under periodic deformation of the domain.

He is interested in numerical analysis and computation. When away from his desk, Jack is an enthusiastic cyclist, but more often than not ends up back at a desk tinkering with a computer.

Beth Boulton

beth-boultonBeth graduated from the University of Sussex in 2014 after completing an MMath in mathematics, spending a year working in various jobs and doing a bit of travelling. Her final project was in the area of mathematical biology, specifically modelling virus dynamics.

Outside of maths Beth likes white water kayaking, mountain biking, power kiting and poorly rapping along to songs.

Aoibheann Brady

aoibheann-bradyAoibheann graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2014 with a BA (Hons) in Mathematics. She completed undergraduate research projects in Bayesian modelling applied to anti-doping in sports and in ODE modelling for malaria spread and control. She then spent a year working as a derivatives/financial modelling analyst.

Outside of mathematics, Aoibheann enjoys playing rugby, baking, singing and remembering large amounts of relatively useless information.

Federico Cornalba

federico-cornalbaFederico graduated with a “Laurea Magistrale” degree in Mathematical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in 2015. His thesis involved the proof of existence, uniqueness and measurability of suitable solutions to a stochastic version of a nonlocal Cahn-Hilliard partial differential equation. Federico is also keen on applying stochastic mathematical models to engineering problems.

Outside of mathematics, Federico plays the violin, enjoys hiking, cooking and playing football. Among his main interests, are classical ancient music, opera, and the contemporary history of civil aviation.

Gianluca Detommaso

gianluca-detommasoGianluca graduated with an MSc in Mathematics at the University of Turin and with a concurrent MA in Statistics and Applied Mathematics from Collegio Carlo Alberto. His mathematical interests mainly focus on real-world applications of interdisciplinary maths, with a special predilection for stochastic problems. He is particularly enthusiastic about SAMBa, because its effervescent and applied essence perfectly matches what he looks for.

In his spare time he enjoys playing harmonica, practicing sport and whatever represents an interesting challenge..

Emiko Dupont

emiko-dupontEmiko graduated with an MSc in pure maths from the University of Copenhagen in 2003 with a dissertation in Lie theory/representation theory and she completed a PhD in pure maths at Stonybrook University (New York) in 2007 with a thesis in symplectic geometry. Since then she worked in a pensions consultancy in Glasgow and completed most of the actuarial exams.

She's looking forward to getting back to doing some maths and learning more about applications. In her spare time, Emiko's children Naomi (four) and Logan (two) keep her very busy.

Andrea Lelli

andrea-lelliAndrea graduated with an MSc degree in Mathematics from the University of Rome 'Roma Tre', in 2015. He specialized in probability and, more precisely, in the theory of Markov chain mixing. His master level thesis was based on studying the problem of the Cutoff phenomena for the Ising model on finite graphs at high temperature.

In his spare time, Andrea enjoys watching movies, acting in theatre or playing his little ukulele.

Sam Moore

sam-mooreSam graduated from University of Edinburgh in 2014 after completing an MMath in Mathematics. His final year dissertation concerned the construction of Ramanujan graphs, a kind of spectrally optimal expander graph.

Whilst not studying maths Sam enjoys cycling, rock climbing and the occasional dram of whisky.

Robbie Peck

robbie-peckRobbie graduated with a MMath in Mathematics from the University of Oxford in 2014 having specialised in mathematics applied to biological systems. He then completed a MSc in Statistics from Lancaster University, where he specialised in medical statistics. His dissertation involved developing adaptive and efficient methods to fit stochastic models when modelling epidemics.

When he is not studying, Robbie enjoys playing hockey, watching football, and socialising with friends.

Owen Pembery

owen-pemburyOwen graduated from the University of Bath in 2014 with an MMath in Mathematics, where his final year project concerned error analysis of the finite element method, applied to the Helmholtz equation.

His mathematical interests continue to be in the Numerical Analysis of PDEs. Outside of mathematics he likes reading, board games and bad puns.

Kate Powers

kate-powersKate graduated with a MMath from the University of Bath in 2015 and has a strong interest in industrial maths. During a summer placement, she worked on a project looking at prediction techniques for tipping points in a stochastic model with two steady states. She also spent two summers working in Rolls-Royce which sparked her interest in the maths behind mechanic systems.

Outside maths, she is part of a Latin and Ballroom dance club and enjoys watching films, rollerblading, and playing squash.

Adwaye Rambojun

adwaye-rambojunAdwaye studied MMORSE at Warwick University. His final year project was titled "Solving Differential Equations Probabilistically" and while working on this project he became interested in applied mathematics and decided to do a PhD in that area. He is currently interested in Uncertainty Quantification. While at Warwick, he interned at a couple of finance companies, including one which works with insurance companies.

Outside of maths, he enjoys playing football and sports in general.

Ben Robinson

ben-robinsonBen graduated from the University of Bristol in 2015 with an MSci in Mathematics. He completed a final project on the Markov Chain Central Limit Theorem and his main interests are in probability theory and applications.

Outside of maths, Ben has worked in online marketing and analytics for an adventure travel company and he enjoys running, walking, singing and reading.

Anna Senkevich

anna-senkevichAnna graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MMath in Mathematics. In her final year Anna concentrated on statistics for which she was awarded a medal and the Duncan Prize. Her honours project was on fractal aspects of Brownian motion and its generalisations, under the supervision of Prof Kenneth Falconer. Anna undertook internships in journalism, marketing, scientific research and political advisory.

Her other interests include swimming, playing tennis and learning Mandarin.

SAMBa aligned students

Aligned students work on on PhD projects generated by SAMBa and cofounded by our industrial partners

Amy Middleton

amy-middletonWorking with BT on distributed optimization of dense 4G communication systems (supervisors: Antal Járai  and Jon Dawes).

Amy graduated in Mathematics from the University of Edinburgh in 2012 and from King’s College London in 2014. In between those years and afterwards she worked in financial services. Her undergraduate dissertation was on Monte Carlo Methods, mainly focusing on Queuing Theory and simulating queues. Outside of mathematics she enjoys being outdoors and active and likes going on adventures with friends.

Kgomotso Morupisi

Kgomotso-morupisiWorking on non-smooth models for climate dynamics (supervisor: Chris Budd)

Kgomotso graduated from the University of Botswana with an MSc degree in Mathematics in 2008. Her MSc thesis was on solving beam equations using numerical methods. Subsequent to finishing her studies, she worked in different educational institutions. Her mathematical interests are in industrial applied mathematics and numerical analysis. Kgomotso’s other interests are singing, reading and watching films.

Shaerdan Shataer

shaerdan-shaeterWorking on inverse problems for brain imaging (Supervisor: Chris Budd)

Shaerdan studied Mechanical Engineering and finished a master degree on Aerospace Engineering, specializing Computational Aerodynamics. He then attended a postgraduate course at University of Bristol from 2013 to 2014 on Aerospace before coming to Bath to study Maths.

Sebastian Stolze

sebastian-stolzeWorking with DNV GL on Bayesian statistical modelling for quantitative risk analysis (supervisors: Finn Lindgren and Evangelos Evangelou).

Sebastian graduated from Chalmers University in Goeteborg in 2014 with a MSc after studying in Germany. His MSc thesis deals with a special type of percolation processes for different setups. During his studies, he developed especially interest in probability theory and its applications. In his spare time he enjoys playing table tennis or a good game of backgammon.

Students: 2014 cohort

SAMBa staff and students

Matt Durey

Matt Durey

Matt graduated with an MSc in Mathematical Modelling & Scientific Computing from the University of Oxford in 2014. His MSc thesis involved modelling the retention of liquid meltwater within the snowpack in Greenland. However, Matt also has a strong interest in statistical modelling; this was formed during two internships with William Hill bookmakers, where he worked with a small team of mathematicians to construct models of sports matches so that in-play odds could be automatically. Outside of Mathematics, Matt plays the trumpet, and enjoys climbing, squash, cycling, and pool.

Dorka Fekete

dorka-feketeDorka graduated from the University of Szeged in 2014 with a BSc in Mathematics with pure mathematics specialization. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on continuous-state branching processes. Dorka also studied for three years in Medical school. During her studies she developed a high interest in interdisciplinary mathematics and stochastics, which made her particularly enthusiastic about SAMBa. In her spare time she enjoys running, cycling, hiking and bird watching.

Marcus Kaiser

marcus-kaiserMarcus Kaiser completed his BSc and MSc degree in Mathematics at the University of Munich, Germany. He wrote his Masters’ Thesis in the area of random media; more precisely he investigated, among other things, the probability of survival of a Brownian motion in a random intervals and the distribution resulting from conditioning on survival. In general he is interested in probability, its connection to analysis and their connection to problems arising from applications.

Matthew Parkinson

matt-parkinsonMatthew graduated with an MSci in Mathematics from the University of Bristol in 2014. His final year project was based on studying the application of Piecewise Isometries in tumbled granular flows including a study into the correlations with segregation of granular particles. He has also completed summer internships including Mathematical Research, Investment Banking and Marketing. Matthew enjoys playing football, socialising with friends and playing guitar.

Matthew Thomas

matt-thomasMatthew completed his BSc in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Bath in 2014 prior to joining the SAMBa CDT. As part of his degree course Matthew had a placement year, where he was a Statistical Programmer working with clinical trial data in the pharmaceutical company Roche. Outside university, Matthew enjoys watching TV and films, listening to music and attending pub quizzes.

Kirsten Williams

kirsten-williamsKirsten graduated from Aberystwyth University in 2013 with a four year MMath. Her interests are in applied mathematics and her final year dissertation involved finding solutions to a partial differential equation describing foam drainage. During her last year she worked for CWPSI – Centre for Widening Participation and Social Inclusion, by tutoring GCSE foundation mathematics pupils to help them gain more confidence and achieve their grades. In her spare time Kirsten is part of the University Orchestra as a flautist, and she enjoys cycling, walking, swimming and cooking Indian food.