# SAMBa students starting in 2015

PhD students who started at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa) in 2015.

# Cohort 2

### 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, practising 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.

# SAMBa 2015 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.

### 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.

### Shaerdan Shataer

Working 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

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

Sebastian graduated from Chalmers University in Gothenburg in 2014 with an 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.