I’m an associate professor in the mathematics department at the University of Pennsylvania. I do research in a branch of mathematics called Partial Differential Equations (PDE). I’ve worked on PDE arising in mathematical models for fluid mechanics, control theory, finance, and with eigenvalue problems. I’m also a passionate teacher always looking to innovate in my classes on PDEs, numerical analysis, mathematical finance, game theory, and calculus.
I developed my love for mathematics at Palm Beach Community College, where I also played on the basketball team. I transferred to Georgia Tech, where I did some research with John McCuan and earned a B.S. in applied mathematics. Participating in the Berkeley Edge program got me thinking about grad school and lead me to enroll in UC Berkeley’s math PhD program. At UC Berkeley, I learned a lot about PDEs from my thesis advisor Craig Evans. From there, I did a postdoctoral fellowship at NYU’s Courant Institute, which was supervised by Silver Professor Fang Hua Lin. I have been working at Penn since July 2012, although I spent the 2016–2017 academic year at MIT as an MLK visiting scholar.