# Students

## Students: 2017 cohort

### Eleanor Barry

Eleanor 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

### Allen Hart

Allen 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 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 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 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

Working 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

Working 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

Working 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.

### Rajan Jagpal

Working 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

Sponsored 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

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

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

Working 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 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

#### Part 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 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 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 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

Amélie 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 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 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 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 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 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

#### Sponsored 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 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 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

Sponsored 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

Working 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

Working 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

### 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

### Shaerdan Shataer

Shaerdan studied Mechanical Engineering at Beijing Institute of Technology in his undergraduate years and finished a master degree on Aerospace Engineering, specializing Computational Aerodynamics.

He attended a postgraduate course at University of Bristol during Sep 2013 to January 2014 doing Computational Fluid Dynamics before coming to Bath.

## SAMBa aligned students

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

### Amy Middleton

Working 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

Working 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.

### Sebastian Stolze

Working with DNV GL on Bayesian statistical modelling for quantitative risk analysis (supervisor: Finn Lindgren).

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

### 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 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 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

Matthew 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

Matthew 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 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.