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SAMBa students starting in 2014

PhD students who started at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa) in 2014.

Picture of Cohort 1 SAMBa students
Students starting in 2014

Cohort 1 - Pt 1

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.

Cohort 1 - Continued

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.