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I hold a B.Sc. in Mathematics with Engineering from the University of Prince Edward Island, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. My graduate studies were supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) through the Alexander Graham Bell Canadian Graduate Scholarship program, and I was awarded the University of Waterloo’s 2022/2023 Applied Mathematics Department’s Doctoral Prize for the best Ph.D. dissertation. My current research is supported through the prestigious NSERC postdoctoral fellowship program.

I have always been passionate about research and communicating mathematical and scientific ideas. There are many opportunities to nurture this passion unique to tenure-track positions. Nowhere outside of academia could I see myself concurrently leading my own research program, training the next generation of industry professionals and academics, and travelling the globe to discuss my work with other experts. Above all else, the freedom to pursue my own vision and to engage students in my research is what makes a tenure-track position so desirable to me.

As a Future Faculty Fellow, I am particularly excited about the access to expert training and feedback on aspects of the job hunt exclusive to tenure-track positions, like crafting my research and teaching statements, delivering a winning job talk, and interviewing in an academic setting.

Research Areas

My research interests lie broadly in the numerical and mathematical analysis of partial differential equations (PDEs) arising in the modelling of solid and fluid mechanics. In particular, I am interested in the design and theoretical analysis of high-order accurate finite element methods that can be used to solve challenging multiphysics problems of interest in a variety of industries.


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