I am an applied mathematician, who uses and develops tools to address problems in science and engineering. My mathematical work draws on many areas of pure and applied mathematics, but areas of particular interest include stochastic analysis, computational statistical mechanics, multiscale methods, computational geometry, and rigidity theory. My scientific work addresses problems in a variety of physical and biological systems, including materials science, soft-matter physics, fluid dynamics, and ecology.

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Education & Experience

  • 2020-present Associate professor of mathematics, New York University
  • 2013-2020 Assistant professor of mathematics, New York University
  • 2012-2013 Courant Instructor, New York University
  • 2010-2012 Harvard Instructor, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Harvard University
  • 2010 PhD Applied Mathematics, New York University
  • 2005 BSc Mathematics, University of British Columbia

Funding and awards

  • NSF Computational Mathematics: Collaborative Research: “Numerical Methods for High-Dimensional Sticky Diffusions.” (2021-2024), co-PI with Nawaf Bou-Rabee.
  • 2018 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Mathematics
  • US Department of Energy Early Career Award, 2014-2019
  • NSF-FRG: “Stability of structures large and small.” (2016-2019), co-PI with Robert Connelly (Cornell), Meera Sitharam (U. of Florida), Steven Gortler (Harvard), Michael Thorpe (Arizona State University)
  • NSF-RTG “Research Training group in Mathematical Modeling and Simulation,” (2017-2022), co-PI with Aleksandar Donev, Esteban Tabak, Charles Peskin, Leif Ristroph (all Courant.)
  • NSF-MRSEC, co-PI (joint with NYU Chemistry & Physics departments)