Beginning the Fall Semester 2010, we have 2 new VIGRE Instructors: Thomas Callaghan and Jennifer Young.
Thomas Callaghan I received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics at Georgia Tech and both a M.S. in Financial Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University. My dissertation focused on phasespace and related methods for sensor imaging. My research interests are in inverse problems for the wave equation, in particular those stemming from coherent imaging applications including seismic, medical, and radar imaging. I am also interested in financial mathematics. Email: Thomas.Callaghan@rice.edu 

Jennifer Young I received a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Delaware in 2004. I received my PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. My dissertation topic was on continuummicroscopic modeling of the cell cytoskeleton. I am interested in biomechanics, multiscale modeling, scientific computing, and math education. Email: jjyoung@rice.edu 

Beginning the Fall Semester 2009, we have 3 new VIGRE Instructors: Evan Bullock, Deborah Goldwasser and Prudence Heck.
Evan Bullock I graduated from Rice University in 2004 with a B.A. in Mathematics and Classical Studies, and completed my Ph.D. in Mathematics at Harvard University in 2009. My dissertation was titled "Subcanonical points on algebraic curves" and my advisor was Joe Harris. Homepage: math.rice.edu/~evanmb/ 

Deborah Goldwasser I graduated from Brandeis University with a B.S. in Molecular Biology, received a M.A. in Statistics from Columbia University and most recently, defended my Ph.D. thesis in Statistics from Rice University in August, 2009. My Ph.D. dissertation was entitled “Parameter Estimation in Mathematical Models of Lung Cancer” and my thesis advisor was Professor Marek Kimmel. 

Prudence Heck Homepage: math.rice.edu/~ph6/ 
Beginning the Fall Semester 2008, we have 4 new VIGRE Instructors: Leobardo Rosales, Derek Hansen, Susan Margulies and Kamal Hamidieh.
Derek Hansen Derek received his B.A. in mathematics from Carleton College in Northfield, MN and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Broadly speaking, he is interested in partial differential equations. His recent work has focused on the problem of detecting and reconstructing small inhomogeneities within a body of otherwise known composition by using high frequency electromagnetic waves. Homepage: http://www.caam.rice.edu/~djh8/ 

Kamal Hamidieh Kam received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas and his PhD in statistics from the University of Michigan. His research interest is in the statistics of extremes with applications to finance. 

Susan Margulies Susan received a B.A. in Astrophysics and English from UC Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Davis. Her dissertation focused on representing NPComplete problems as systems of polynomial equations and solving them via Hilbert's Nullstellensatz and largescale, sparse linear algebra computations. She is interested in graph theory, complexity theory and cryptography. 

Leobardo Rosales Originally from Holtville, California, Leo received his B.A. at UC San Diego and his Ph.D. at Stanford in 2007. He spent last year in Vancouver, Canada, teaching at UBC. In his spare time he enjoys playing the guitar, exercising, and riding motorcycles. Homepage: http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~lrosales/ VIGRE Web Page: http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~lr7/vigre/ 
Updated November 2, 2011