Graduate News

2018

  1. The 2018 UCF Graduate Fair held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, from 4:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m. in the UCF Student Union, Pegasus Ballroom. The fair offers an open house-style event that is free and open to anyone interested in a doctoral, master’s, specialist or certificate program at UCF.  Joseph Brennan, Rasika Rajapakshage and Qiyu Sun attended in the  graduate fair and asked questions by perspective students.
  2. Graduate Rajitha Ranasinghe will give a talk on Combinatory Analysis 2018,A Conference in Honor of George Andrews’ 80th Birthday,  Penn State University, June 21-24, 2018.
  3. Dr. Rajitha Puwakgolle Gedara (advisor Xin Li) earned a Ph.D. with a dissertation titled, “In Quest of Bernstein Inequalities: Rational Functions, Askey-Wilson Operator, and Summation Identities for Entire Functions.”  He took a senior lecturer position at University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka after graduation (08/2018)
  4.  Dr. Kyle Trainor (Advisor: Joseph Brennan) earned a Ph.D. with a dissertation titled, “Hilbert Series for Graphs, Hypergraphs, and Monomial Ideals.” (08/2018)
  5. Dr. Alexander York (Advisor: Joseph Brennan) earned a Ph.D. with a dissertation titled, “Quasi-Gorenstein Modules.” Now he work as a lecturer at University of Florida after graduation. (08/2018)
  6. Ajani Ruwandhika De Vas Gunasekara graduated with a master degree and took a lecturer position at Sri Lanka.
  7. Wei Yan is offered by Wells Fargo Bank in Charlotte, North Carolina as
    Wei Yan

    Quantitative Intern. in Summer 2018. The internship provides her a great opportunity to work with and implement mathematical finance model for risk segmentation and stress testing for a variety of lending products. Also it will help her to reconsider some mathematical problems from industrial point of view and to practice stochastic analysis, control theory and coding techniques.

  8.  The department hold annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.  Congratulate to Panpan Chen and David Guinovart to receive Dr. Ed Norman Award for Excellence in Mathematics, Christian Bosse for Dr. Lee Armstrong Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Vanessa Lowry for MALL Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Tutoring.
    Panpan Chen and David Guinovart Sanjuan
  9. Joseph Brennan and Qiyu Sun represented the UCF Math Graduate program to  attend the TROYMathFest at Troy University, Alabama, April 6-7, 2018.
  10. Christian Bosse, Rajitha Puwakgolle and Jingmei Zhang had poster presentations and Ajani De Vas Gunasekara has oral presentation the Fifteenth Annual Graduate Research Forum on April 3, 2018 hosted by the UCF College of Graduate Studies. The Graduate Research Forum is an opportunity for students to showcase their research and creative projects and to receive valuable feedback from faculty judges.
  11. Dr. Arita Dutta, postdoctoral researcher at the Visual Computing Center at  KAUST, Saudi Arabia, visited the department and gave an alumnus talk on March 9, 2018 to talk about his graduate life at UCF and his  experience after graduation.
    Arita Dutta
  12. Christian Bosse and Jingmei Zhang are invited to give a presentation at the 49th International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory and Computing, March 4-6, 2018, at Florida Atlantic University.
  13. Joseph Brennan, Ted Juste and  Qiyu Sun attended the 2018 Gulf States Math
    Alliance Conference at  Tulane University, February 23-25, 2018, and have a presentation of the math graduate program.

    Joseph Brennan and Ted Juste
  14. Nazar Emirov is invited to attend Spring School hosted by the DASIV Smart State Center at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, February 22-25, 2018.
  15. Pawan Gupta, Rasika Rajapakshage, Rajita Ranasinghe and Ramchandra Rimal  presented their research on the 2018 Joint Meetings Of The Florida Section Of The
    Mathematical Association of America And The Florida Two-Year College Mathematics
    Association, Florida Atlantic University, Davie Campus, February 9 – 10, 2018.
  16. Professor Akram Aldroubi gave a career talk on February 2, 2018. He graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University. He is a fellow of American Mathematical Society and editors of several journals on Fourier Analysis and Sampling Theory.  His main interest is on harmonic analysis, functional analysis, wavelet theory, frame theory, sampling theory, approximation theory, image processing and biomathematics.  His papers is cited more than 14000 times by Google Scholar. 
  17. Qiyu Sun and Rajitha Puwakgolle represented the program to attend at graduate school fair at AMS Annual Meeting, San Diego, January 10-13, 2018. The graduate school fair is an opportunity to attract attention and to create interest for students in the mathematical sciences.

2017

  1. Congratulation to Cheng Cheng, who is honored to receive the 2017 Departmental Outstanding Dissertation Award.
  2. Professor Katepalli R. Sreenivasan gave a carear talk on November 6, 2017. Professor Sreenivasan is  Dean of NYU Tandon School of Engineering, The Eugene Kleiner Professor for Innovation in Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Physics (Faculty of Arts and Science), Mathematics (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences). He received lots of award and honor, including Member of United States National Academy of Sciences (2007),  Member of United States National Academy of Engineering (1999),  Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1997).
  3. The department joined the Math Alliance as a silver member and Qiyu Sun attended the  2017 Field of Dreams at Saint Louis from November 2 to 5, 2017, and presented a the graduate program fair.
  4. The UCF SIAM chapter was established and more than twenty graduate students  are registered in the Chapter.  Congratulation for Rasika Rajapakshage to be the first president of the chapter.
  5. Congratulation to Rajitha Puwakgolle, who received $500 travel support from the American Mathematical Society for his attendance at the 2018 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego, CA. 10/2017
    Rajitha Puwakgolle
  6. Joseph Brennan and Qiyu Sun visited the University of West Florida, University of North Florida, Georgia Southern University, Auburn University, Tuskegee University and Auburn University at Montgomery to give presentations about the UCF Math graduate program. 10/2017
  7. Congratulation to Rajitha Puwakgolle (recipient of the 2017 Research Excellence Award),  Christian Bosse (recipient of the 2017 Graduate Teaching Excellence award) and Jingmei Zhang (recipients of the 2017 Graduate Teaching Assistant Award). 10/2017
  8. Jason Bentley, Elliot Blackstone,  Mangalagama Dewasurendra, Ted Juste,  Rasika Rajapakshage and Rajitha Ranasinghe, presented their research during the Fall Southeastern Sectional Meeting of AMS held at UCF on September 23-24, 2017.
  9. Tanushree Roy received the 2017 Yvette Kanouff Industrial Mathematics Scholarship.
  10. There are 13 PhD students, 3 Master students and  17 Mathematical Certificate students to join the UCF Math graduate program in the 2017 summer/fall semester.
  11. Cheng Cheng (PhD, Summer 2016) will be a Postdoctoral
    Cheng Cheng
    Cheng Cheng (PhD, Summer 2017), a postdoc at Duke University

    Researcher at Duke Univerisity and  under the supervision of professor Ingrid Daubechies. Quoted from her words to the graduate program, “I am very fortunate to be a PhD student in the Department of Mathematics at UCF. I am grateful to my advisors Professors Xin Li and Qiyu Sun for their insightful ideas, endless patience, excellent guidance and funding that make my PhD experience productive and stimulating.” She also gave the credit to UCF as “one of the best universities in the nation. Without the unlimited resources and greatest faculties here, I could not make any of my achievements. Please extend appreciation to all the faculties and staffs for the excellent learning experience.’’

  12.  Rasika Rajapakshage is supported to attend the summer school on data science at Department of Biostatistics, University of Washington. (07/2017)
  13. Tyler Gomez (advisor:  Jason Swanson) passed the dissertation defense on July 6, 2017. The title of his dissertation is Filtering Problems in Stochastic Tomography. (07/2017)
  14. Cheng Cheng (advisor:  Xin Li and Qiyu Sun) passed the dissertation defense on July 6, 2017. The title of her dissertation is Sampling and Reconstruction of Spatial Signals. (07/2017)
  15. Martin Rolek (PhD, Spring 2017), A Postdoc at College of William and Mary

    Martin Rolek (PhD Spring 2017,  advisor Zixia Song) will join College of William and Mary as Visiting Assistant Professor from Fall 2017.

  16. Cheng Cheng attended CBMS Conference on Sparse Approximation and Signal Recovery Algorithms, May 22-26, 2017 and gave a talk at the 16th New Mexico Analysis Seminar, May 21, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico. (05/2017)
  17. The PhD and Master program will add Financial Mathematics tracks in Fall 2017 (04/13/2017)
  18. Aritra Dutta (PhD 2016)  will be a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Edinburgh, with joint affiliation at the Visual Computing Center in KAUST, Saudi Arabia. In Dr. Dutta’s own words, “six years of rigorous training under the supervision of professors Xin Li and Qiyu Sun made me think creatively about problems and I developed aninquisitive mind.” Quoted from his comments to the graduate program, “the faculties in the math department are working on cutting edge research problems and there are ample opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. If you have the strong quest to learn and you believe in giving your best as a graduate student,
    Aritra Dutta (PhD, Fall 2016), a Postdoc at the University of Edinburgh and KAUST, Saudi Arabia

    UCF can help you to flourish as a complete researcher. You can reach your dream and compete with students from top schools all over the world.”

  19. Congratulation to Matthew Russo (recipient of the 2016 Norman  award for excellence in Mathematics), Daniel Marulanda (recipient of the 2016 Master’s thesis award), Arita Dutta and Tyler Gomez (recipients of the 2016 Armstrong award for distinguished teaching) and Daniel Giney (recipient of the 2016 MALL award for excellence in tutoring by a graduate student). 04/2017
  20. Cheng Cheng is on the College of Sciences’ FacebookTwitter and Instagram.  She equates her success to the faculty members who supported her and the resources that the school offers.  Cheng said. “Being brilliant is not enough to succeed in your Ph.D. pursuit. You have to be able to persist. You have to be able to bounce back when things go wrong.” (04/2017)
  21. Martin Rolek (advisor: Zixia Song) passed the dissertation defense on April 5, 2017. The title of his dissertation is Coloring Graphs with Forbidden Minors. (04/2017)
  22. Cheng Cheng, Mangalagama Dewasurendra, Arielle Gaudiello, Rasika Rajapakshage and Alexander York participated the 14th Annual Research Forum of the University of Central Florida on April 4, 2017.  The forum features poster displays and provides an opportunity for students to showcase their research and creative projects. (04/2017)
  23. Calvin Wassmuth (Master 1978) was appointed as IT Service Delivery Mgr. at DXC (04/2017)
  24. Professor Bard Ermentrou (Distinguished University Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh) gave a graduate career talk, “Toys! Toys! Toys!”  (03/30/2017).
  25. The math graduate program is rank No. 134  in  U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools of 2018. The Best Graduate Schools rankings are based on peer and expert opinions about the quality of a program and some statistical data that measures the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. COS News (03/2017)
  26. Professor Richard Stanley (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Miami) gave graduate career talk, “My early mathematical career”. Professor  Stanley is the Norman Levinson Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and  a member of  National Academy of Sciences and Fellow of American Mathematical Society. (02/24/2017)
  27.  The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) 2017 Summer Graduate Schools accepted Wei Yan’s application to attend SMS 2017: Contemporary Dynamical Systems (Canada) with financial support.  (02/2017)
  28. Yu Feng published a paper on stationary and time–periodic patterns of two–predator and one–prey systems with prey in  Volume 37 of the journal Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems Series A.  01/2017
  29. Cheng Cheng, Aritra Dutta,  Martin Rolek gave talks in special sessions at AMS Annual meeting, Atlanta, 2017.  Cheng Cheng received Graduate Student Travel Grants from AMS to attend the annual meeting.  (01/2017)

2016

  1. Ashish Bhatt
    Ashish Bhatt (PhD 2016), Postdoc at the University of Stuttgart

    Ashish Bhatt is currently a postdoc research associate, Institute of Applied Analysis and Numerical Simulation at University of Stuttgart. 12/2016

  2. Congratulation to  Yi Zhu (recipient of the  2016 Research Excellence Award),  Ashish Bhatt (recipient of the 2016 Teaching Excellence Award),  Rajitha Puwakgolle (recipient of the 2016 Teaching Assistant Award) and Arita Dutta  (recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Dissertation Award).  11/2016
  3. Ashish Bhatt (Advisor: Brian Moore), Arita Dutta (advisors: Xin Li and Qiyu Sun)  and Yi Zhu (Advisor: Yuanwei Qi) passed their defense and awarded PhD degrees. 11/2016
  4. Arita Dutta and Pawan Gupta attended Distributed and Parallel Data Analysis Workshop,  September 21 – 23, 2016, at SAMSI (09/2016)
  5. Mangalagama Dewasurendra published papers in International Journal of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Communications in Numerical Analysis. (09/2016)
  6. NSA host an information session on the Summer Program for Operations Research Technology (SPORT).  09/2016
    Robert Muise (PhD 2003, ), Lockheed Martin
  7. Robert Muise (PhD 2003 Advisor: Ram Mohapatra, Master 1990, Bachelor 1988) was honored as the UCF Mathematics Department’s 2016 College of Sciences Outstanding AlumKnight.  Dr. Muise currently serves as a senior staff engineer in the applied research department for Lockheed Martin – Missile & Fire Control, where he’s worked since 1998.  COS NEWS, 07/2016
  8. Jeff Shape (advisor:  Andrew Nevai) passed the PhD defense. His dissertation is A mathematical model for feral cat ecology with application to disease.
  9. Maria Strawn (advisor:  Constance Schober) passed the PhD defense. Her dissertation is Modeling rogue waves in deep water.
  10. Congratulation to Ariello Gaudiello to make the finalists for the 2016 AIMS Student Paper Competition at the 11th AIMS Conference on Dynamical Systems, Differential Equations and Applications, which was held on July 1 – July 5, 2016, in Orlando.
  11. Yvette Kanouff (Master 1993) currently serves as the Senior Vice President/General Manager of the Cisco’s Service Provider Business. He was among 14 named to the 50th anniversary class of Cable TV Pioneers, 2016.  She also founded the Yvette Kanouff Industrial Mathematics Scholarship   and explore his interview on mathematics and technology. (05/2016)
  12. Yvette Kanouff
    Yvette Kanouff (Master 1993), Senior Vice President/General Manager at Cisco

    Matthew Russo (advisor:  Sudipto Choudhury) passed the PhD defense. His dissertation is Building Lax Integrable Variable-Coefficient Generalizations to Integrable PDEs and Exact Solutions to Nonlinear PDEs.

  13. Congratulation to Arielle Gaudielle. She was chosen to receive the 2015-2016 university award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching by the UCF Graduate Council. The UCF Graduate Council recommended Arielle for this award based on her extensive credentials that demonstrate the significant contribution she has made as a student teacher in the mathematics department. COSNEWS  04/2016
  14. Congratulation to Thanapat Phoolsuk, who received  the 2016 Yvette Kanouff Industrial Mathematics  Scholarship (04/2016)

2015 or earlier

  1. Qiyu Sun was appointed as the UCF Math graduate program coordinator in Fall 2015.
  2. Ge Lei (PhD 2015, advisor: M. Nashed) passed the PhD defense. Her dissertation is Calibration of Option Pricing in Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Space.
  3. Angela Siple (PhD 2015, advisor: P. Mikusinski) passed the PhD defense. Her dissertation is Integral Representations of Positive Linear Functionals
  4. Bert Culpepper (Master 1982), Technical support engineer at ServiceNow from February 2015.
  5. Dr Robert Van Gorder (PhD 2014, supervisors: David Kaup and Kuppalapalle Vajravelu) join the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford as a research
    Robert A Van Gorder (PhD 2014)

    Fellow.  His general research interests lie in applications of mathematics and the analysis of nonlinear differential equations. These include approximation, perturbation, and numericalmethods, nonlinear PDEs, dynamical systems, fluid dynamics and turbulence, mathematical physics, integrable systems and nonlinear waves, solid mechanics, game theory and mathematical economics, mathematical biology and chemistry.

  6. Morgan Phillips (Master 1991) is named as President of the West and Desert Vista Campuses at Pima Community College, July 2014
  7. Dr. Kamran Sadiq (PhD 2014, supervisor: Alexander Tamasan) joined Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics (RICAM) as research scientists on Inverse Problems and Mathematical Imaging.
    Kamran Sadiq (PhD 2014)
  8. Joseph Brennan was appointed as the UCF Math graduate program coordinator in Fall 2012.
  9. Alison Hammack received the first graduate certificate of mathematical science, Spring 2012.
  10. Haimei Shao (PhD 2011, Advisor: Jiongmin Yong)  was a Quantitative Researcher in Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and is currently at BB&T Funds Management. Featured in the UCF graduate catalog, Dr. Shao said  “Four years of rigorous training under Jiongmin Yong, PhD at UCF made her capable of analyzing and solving problems in the real world by looking into the roots of the problem and creating the solutions from the roots as well.”
  11. Haimei Shao
    Haimei Shao (PhD, 2011), Quantitative Researcher at BBT Funds Management

    Mark Crutccher (Master 1976) is appointed as Database Administrator at AAA National. 10/2010

  12. Jing Zhang (Master 2004) is appointed as VP, Credit Risk Management Manager at Bank of America, 09/ 2010.
  13. The UCF graduate program will offer the Graduate Certificates in Mathematical Sciences in Fall 2009.
  14. Xin Li was appointed as the UCF Math graduate program coordinator in Fall 2006.
  15. Wu Jing  (PhD 2006, advisor: Deguang Han) is currently a professor at Department of Mathematics,  Fayetteville State University. Featured in the UCF Graduate Catalog 2016, Dr. Jing said “The Department of Mathematics of UCF is one of the best math departments in the nation. The outstanding faculty members and the strong academic atmosphere made UCF a great place to pursuit advanced degree in mathematics” and “I have benefited a lot in both research and teaching from the faculty members and my fellow graduate students. Without the experience at UCF, I would not have gone this far.”
    Wu Jing
    Wu Jing (PhD 2006), Professor at Fayetteville State University
  16.  Robert Anschuetz (Master 1995) had new position: Training Section Manager at General Dynamics C4 Systems (12/2006)
  17. Aaron Masino (PhD 2004, Advisor: Cynthia Young) is currently the supervisor of data science research for the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics (DBHi) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Featured in the UCF Graduate Catalog 2016, “As a graduate student, I had the opportunity to conduct research, publish papers in international journals, give presentations at professional conferences and assist in the management of a research team,” Dr. Masino says. “Very few graduate students are afforded all of these opportunities.”
  18. Sidra I. Van De Car (PhD 2003, advisor: Xin Li) is currently a Professor of Mathematics at Valencia College East Campus.
  19. Mohammed Alotaibi received the first Master degree with Industrial Math Track, Spring 2003.
  20. Ram Mohapatra was appointed as the UCF Math graduate program coordinator in Fall 2001.
  21. John Pask
    John Pask (Master 1994), Physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    John Pask (Master 1994) joined the EOS & Materials Theory group at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2001.

  22. The UCF Math Master Program will add  an Industrial Mathematics track in Fall 2000.
  23. Ahmed I. Zayed was appointed as the UCF Math graduate program coordinator in Fall 1999.
  24. Kevin Brown (PhD 1999, advisor: S. Roy Choudhury) is currently the Professor and Chair of Mathematics,  Southern Adventist University.
  25. Deborah Kelly and Jing Minkler are awarded the first two PhD degrees of the program in Spring 1998.
  26.  David Rollins was appointed as the UCF Math graduate proram coordinator in Fall 1996.
  27.  Piotr Mikusinski was appointed as the UCF Math graduate program coordinator in Fall 1993.
  28. The UCF Math Department will offer the PhD program in Mathematics since Fall 1993.
  29. Larry Andrews was appointed as the UCF Math graduate program coordinator in Spring 1971.
  30. The UCF Math department will offer the Master program in Spring 1971.