Loretta ThompsonExecutive SecretaryPh: (540) 464-7335Fax: (540) 464-7214Contact MACS Webmaster 402 Mallory HallVirginia Military InstituteLexington, VA 24450
I have advised 42 undergraduates and high school students in applied and industrial mathematics projects with sponsors that include Calabzas Creek Research Inc. (Department of Energy Contractor), Goodyear Tire and Rubber Corporation, Baekaert Steel Corporation, The National Institute of Health, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, The City of Lexington, and Valley Program for Aging Services.
I would love to advise any project that involves mathematical modeling or optimizing physical problems including design and process management. I have designed many computational tools for industry. I have a lot of experience in statistics and data mining as well.Specific problems I have advised include:
Some of my recent projects deal with immunology and studying respiratory infections with bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa or determining what situations can cause inflammation even after a bacterial infection has been cleared. In the past I have worked with undergraduate students on many interdisciplinary projects in field such as:
I appreciate the mathematics that is found in seemly nonmathematical mundane activities, as the author Roald Dahl once stated “the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.”
My background is in digital communications, but I am keenly interested in operations research: supply chain management, scheduling, routing of delivery vehicles, etc. If your problem involves a network of some sort, I may be able to help. I also have experience with the design, analysis, and implementation of computer algorithms. Areas in which I am not experienced but am willing to learn include but are not limited to financial mathematics, data mining, and data-based decision making (e.g., purchasing or pricing).
If you are unsure of whether your project fits into any of these categories, feel free to email me or any of the other AIM faculty advisors and ask. Usually it takes a good conversation with a client before we fully understand what tools need to be used.
During my graduate studies I was involved in the mechanical modeling of nano-sized biological structures called vesicles. Recently, I have started working on an ecological model that determines the diet of a particular animal by analyzing the isotope levels in a tissue sample. In the summer of 2012, I advised an AIM project that used energy data from the City of Lexington to create an end-user application that monitors energy consumption. Many real-worlds skills are gained from AIM projects such as this, including:
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