Student Presenter Biographies

WIT Applied Math & Sciences Student Expo

April 18, 2014

Methods & Topics in Applied Math II (MATH 275)

Professor: Amanda Hattaway


Aaron Ciardullo, B.S in Electromechanical Engineering and B.S. in Applied Math 2016
Aaron Ciardullo is a dual major in Electromechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. His interests include computer hardware, restoring old arcade machines and designing new things. He is a third year student and has completed a co-op at Carbonite last summer.

Zach Dobbins, B.S in Applied Mathematics '16
Zach Dobbins is an Applied Mathematics student enrolled in the three-year accelerated degree program. His interests include playing soccer, playing chess, skiing, and working out in his free time. He is currently the Vice President of Wentworth Chess Club and recently took 3rd place in a Wentworth-sponsored Oral Math Competition. He aspires to earn: 1) a MBA, 2) a M.S. in statistics, and 3) a position on Wall Street one day. He enjoys working with his colleagues and professors on all different math problems. 

Ely Biggs, B.S. In Applied Mathematics '16
Ely Biggs is an Applied Mathematics student at Wentworth Institute of Technology since Fall 2013. He is an MUA (Math Understanding Assistant). From North East, MD he is currently learning the ways of the typical Bostonian.  He has a strong passion for all areas of math. When he is not frantically studying he is either relaxing, talking with friends, volunteering, or sleeping.  He also cannot leave his dorm without some form of music. He hopes to teach math at a university. His goal in life is to help others.

Shylee Ezroni, B.S. In Applied Mathematics '16
Shylee Ezroni enrolled at Wentworth institute of Technology in the Fall of 2013 as an Applied Math major. Her interests are traveling with family, playing soccer and lacrosse, and going for runs through the city. As an Israeli-Ecuadorian, she is fluent in Hebrew, Spanish, and French. She is currently a member of First Year Council, Student Government, and the COF Chorus. She recently acquired a biostatical research position at the BEST program at Columbia University for the summer of 2014. She aspires to complete her masters in financial mathematics and potentially achieve a career as a biostatistician or as an actuary.

Seth Goldish, B.S in Applied Mathematics '16
Seth Goldish has attended Wentworth Institute of Technology since September 2013. Seth is interested in teaching math. His hobbies include playing the clarinet, cooking, playing old video games, and building Lego contraptions. Seth plays first clarinet in the COF Orchestra. He enjoys spending time with his family in Newton, MA. Seth can be contacted at: goldishs@wit.edu or simchagoldish@gmail.com 

David Lombardi, B.S. in Applied Math '16
David Lombardi is a proud member of the Wentworth three-year B.S. in Applied Math degree program. His interests include religiously watching the Red Sox, screaming at the TV while watching any sporting event, being active, enjoying life, and listening to aggressive music. His future aspirations include earning his degree in Applied Mathematics and starting a career.

James Petrillo, B.S. In Applied Mathematics '17
James Petrillo is a freshman at Wentworth Institute of Technology where he majors in Applied Mathematics. His interest in math was sparked at a young age and, since 2011, he has tutored students for the math portion of the SAT exam. During his high school years, he was involved in an invention team where he was part of a group that invented a desalination chamber and a drip irrigation system. His interests include, but are not limited to, existentialist literature, videogames, tennis, and writing poetry.  James plans on graduating in 2017 and pursuing a career in mathematics. 

Jack Reff, B.S. In Applied Mathematics '16
Jack Reff was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. He began at Wentworth in the Fall of 2012 majoring in Architecture and later switched to Applied Math in the Fall of 2013. His interests include scuba diving, listening to music, playing guitar, street hockey, and being a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, Syracuse Orange, and Montreal Canadiens. (This is not misspelled!) Jack hopes to have a long and successful career in the field of statistics.

Kristian Roca, B.S. In Applied Mathematics '17
Kristian Roca has attended Wentworth Institute of Technology's Applied Math program since September 2013.  He is the current President of the Wentworth Chess Club, an impromptu collection of chess lovers.  He just won first place in the Wentworth Applied Mathematics’ Oral Math Competition. His hobbies and interests include: reading periodically, rollerblading, skateboarding, meditating, and the “idea” of exercise.  A Florida native, he moved to Quincy, Massachusetts as a pre-teen. Although he enjoys spending time with his relatives, he cherishes the moments he has with his classmates and the faculty. 

Simranjit Singh, B.S. In Applied Mathematics ‘16
Simranjit Singh is an Applied Math major at Wentworth. Born and raised in Punjab (India), Simranjit moved to the United States in 2003. His interests include Punjabi music, Hindi movies, and the four major American sports football, basketball, baseball, and hockey.

Operations Research (MATH 310)

Professor: Rachel Maitra

Sandrah Abbuah, B.S. in Applied Mathematics ‘15
Sandrah Abbuah is sophomore in Applied Math at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Currently she has been spending most of her time in front of her laptop working on her Operations Research project (finding the optimal order for distribution of resources to areas affected by hurricanes) hoping it will prepare her for her first co-op this summer at AIR Worldwide where she will be part of the software testing group.

Ryan Ayotte, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering ‘16
Ryan Ayotte is a junior in Biomedical Engineering with a minor of Applied Mathematics at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. Ryan is looking to use his math skills to improve his problem solving abilities to apply to engineering principles to improve medical imaging.

Laura Boyd, B.S in Applied Mathematics ‘15
Laura Boyd is currently a student at Wentworth Institute of Technology studying Applied Mathematics.  She plans on graduating in August of 2015. Currently she is training to run her first marathon and is a member of the WIT Women’s tennis team.

Zachary Buzaid, B.S in Applied Mathematics ‘15
Zach is currently a junior in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Business Management. His educational interests include Environmental Mathematics, Economics, Renewable Energy, Entrepreneurship, and long walks on the beach. Zach’s motivation for his final project, The Avalanche Algorithm, came from over 17 years of skiing experience and a desire to increase backcountry avalanche awareness.

Xiaoyong Cai (Wesley), B.S in Applied Mathematics ‘17
Wesley is an applied mathematics major at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He has an intensive interest in optimization in the financial field and algorithms in computer science.

Tyler Carlson, B.S in Applied Mathematics ‘15
Tyler Carlson is a Junior in the Applied Mathematics program at Wentworth Institute of Technology. His favorite subject in math is statistics, and he is a huge sports fan. After graduating he aspires to combine the two with a career in sports statistics.

Ries Collier, B.S in Applied Mathematics ‘15
Ries Collier is currently in his third year in the Applied Mathematics program, a captain of the Rugby team, and a math enthusiast. He plans on continuing in his career in math for as long as it will take him, and learn as much as he can as he further explores the beautiful subject.

Jeremy Eiholzer, B.S in Applied Mathematics ‘15
Jeremy Eiholzer is a second year student at Wentworth Institute of Technology in the three year Applied Mathematics program. Jeremy will be working at D-M Stat this summer as an SAS Programming Intern in order to pursue his strong interest in statistics. In the future he plans on continuing on in a career where he is able to apply his statistical skills in a business setting. In his free time, Jeremy likes staying active and traveling whenever he gets the chance.

Matt Flynn, B.S. in General Engineering ‘16
Matt Flynn is a sophomore in General Engineering with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Applied Mathematics. Matt likes to exercise and longboard in his free time, and last summer he has completed a summer internship in the Surgical Planning Lab at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, working on implementing and improving a biomedical imaging program by creating tutorials and locating bugs and glitches in the program.  His final project aims to optimize resource allocation to areas affected by natural disasters by assessing the damage and distance between all affected areas and choosing which area to deliver resources to next. Matt hopes to return either to work at the Brigham and Woman’s Hospital or a different medical laboratory to work on biomedical imaging.

Kai yuen Fong, B.S. in Applied Mathematics ‘16
Kai yuen Fong is an international student from China.  He came to America in 2007.  Currently, he is attending Wentworth Institute of Technology and majoring in applied mathematics.

Eric Hart, B.S. in Applied Mathematics ‘15
Eric Hart is a second year Applied Math student in the three-year track at Wentworth. Unsure what he wants to do in the future, he is currently just looking around and trying new things hoping to find something he enjoys enough.

Vadim Manokhin, B.S. in Computer Science ‘14
Vadim Manokhin is an international senior Computer Science student with a minor in Applied Math at Wentworth Institute of Technology. With a focus on engineering dynamic and agile software, Vadim is a full-stack application developer with two years of experience working as a Front-End and Back-End developer, QA and UI/UX engineer, and system administrator. Vadim's professional interests include Big Data analysis, financial engineering and algorithmic prediction modeling, data visualization and development of intuitive software interfaces. Vadim is a proud member of Tau Alpha Pi honorary and a Wentworth Community Scholarship recipient. To learn more about Vadim and his Wentworth experience read Vadim’s blog: http://blogs.wit.edu/manokhinv

Dylan Melnik, B.S. in Applied Mathematics ‘15
Dylan Melnik is a junior in Applied Mathematics at Wentworth Institute of Technology.  Dylan is currently working on a Major in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Physics at Wentworth Institute of Technology.  Dylan has an interest in Robotics, Optimization, Physics, and Statistics.  Dylan will be working at The Mentor Network as a software programmer creating a system that will check whether their original program runs without any build errors.

Robert Moss, B.S. in Computer Science ‘14
Robert Moss is a senior in Computer Science with a minor in Physics at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He spent both his co-ops at MIT Lincoln Laboratory (a federally funded research and development company) working in the Surveillance Systems group. In his first co-op, Moss worked on dynamic resource allocation applied to wildfires using the Monte Carlo Tree Search algorithm: a heuristic simulation of actions applied to states. Continuing his work at MIT/LL, he developed an aggregate data visualizer for the next generation Airborne Collision Avoidance System (ACAS X) to help analysts filter the millions of aircraft encounters to speed up the optimization of the collision avoidance system. At Wentworth, he worked with Assistant Professor Dr. James G. O'Brien to model the rotation curve of the Milky Way galaxy for his undergrad astrophysics research. Moss has accepted an Assistant Staff position at MIT Lincoln Laboratory starting after graduation: Further research in the fields of optimization, data visualization, modeling, and simulating will be the focus of his career.

Connor Mountain, B.S. in Civil Engineering ‘16
Connor Mountain is a sophomore studying civil engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology. At home, he works as a mechanic at a local bike shop in the summer. His pursuit of an applied math minor is fueled by a strong interest in the field along with a passion for continued learning. He looks forward to seeing where his education will carry him.

Tam Nguyen, B.S. in Applied Mathematics ‘15
Tam Nguyen is currently a junior majoring in Applied Mathematics at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Her love for mathematics was what helped her decide to major in Applied Math. Being a mentor is very important to her as she is also an SAT PREP Teaching Assistant as well as an Engineering Calculus Teaching Assistant. She plans on pursuing her Master’s after she is done with her undergraduate studies and later on plans to get her Ph.D. to become a mathematics professor.

Justin Hotchkiss Palermo, B.S. in Computer Information Systems ‘16
Justin Hotchkiss Palermo the I is currently a Sophomore majoring in Computer Information Systems at Wentworth Institute of Technology.  He expects to graduate in the year 2016. Justin enjoys learning, computers, and computers learning.

Julie Pecukonis, B.S. in Applied Mathematics ‘15
Julie Pecukonis is a second year student in an accelerated three-year program at Wentworth Institute of Technology.  Julie is majoring in Applied Mathematics and minoring in Physics.  Working at Sterilite as a Forecasting and Replenishment Intern this summer, her love of math and statistics is where her true passion lies.  After graduation Julie plans on continuing her education in Biostatistics, while also maintaining a career.

Mohan Punjabi, B.S. in Applied Mathematics ‘15
Mohan Punjabi is a junior in Applied Mathematics at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Mohan is currently working towards earning an undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics as well as a Minor in Business Management. In his free time Mohan enjoys racing cars and working on improving his own. His current research is focused on Wentworth’s Scheduling System. Mohan and his team are working towards an optimal schedule for selected engineering majors at Wentworth. His passion for his project and mathematics reflected positively to AIR Worldwide where he was recently offered a job for the summer. His motivation for scheduling came from building work schedules at his father’s franchise back from his teenage years.

Matthew Raison, B.S. in Applied Mathematics ‘15
Matthew Raison is an applied mathematics major at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Homeschooled, he is self-taught in all fields up to a high school level, and then some with mathematics. His hobbies include logic puzzles, solving the Rubik’s cube blindfolded, and completing a Sudoku board in pen.

Nora Shea, B.S. in Applied Mathematics ‘15
Nora Shea is a second year student pursuing her degree in Applied Mathematics here at Wentworth. She also has a strong interest in Computer Programming. Over the summer, Nora will be working as a Software Developer Intern at Eustace Consulting in Newton. In her free time, she likes to read, drink tea, and just relax.

Liam Stokinger, B.S. in Applied Mathematics ‘15
Liam Stokinger is an undergrad student in the Applied Mathematics department at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He works as a Jr. Software Developer at Eustace Consulting in Newton, MA and has plans to continue on in software after graduation. He has done research in modeling basic filtration processes in the kidney and has a strong interest in using mathematics to improve decision making in both sports and business.

Differential Equations (MATH 625)

Professor Georgi Gospodinov

Joseph Palmieri is a sophomore at Wentworth Institute of Technology pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering. Joseph is an avid fitness hobbyist who loves sports and cars. One of his goals post-graduation goals is to successfully land a professional engineering job in the embedded systems or new computer technology inside cars. Eventually he would also like to pursue a master’s degree. Joseph would also enjoy being able to work whenever necessary, or remotely, so he could spend time traveling and seeing the world.

Jason Silva is a sophomore in the Mechanical Engineering program at Wentworth Institute of Technology. His main interests are motorcycles and he one day hopes to use his mechanical engineering degree in the motorcycle industry. Currently, Jason is enrolled in MATH625, Differential Equations with Professor Georgi Gospodinov. In this particular course, he is working with other team members on a project that focuses on the dynamics of raindrops.

Mitchell Lonergan is a sophomore in the Mechanical Engineering program at Wentworth Institute of Technology. His main area of interest lies in motorcycles and one day hopes to acquire an engineering position in the motorcycle industry. Currently, Mitchell is enrolled in MATH625, Differential Equations with Professor Georgi Gospodinov. In this particular course, he is working with other team members on a project that focuses on the dynamics of raindrops.

Nicholas DiFabio is a second-year mechanical engineering student at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He is an avid tinkerer and automotive enthusiast who hopes to pursue a career in the automotive industry as an engineer. Nicholas is currently working with fellow students in his Differential Equations class to model the behavior of falling raindrops. Using Wolfram Mathematica as a modeling software, his groups’ project provides an accurate model of the behavior of raindrops falling through the atmosphere.

Ryan Burney is a sophomore at Wentworth Institute of Technology pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Ryan is a mountain bike racer who works with bicycle component companies to help develop their products. His goals after graduation from college are to be more involved in the prototyping and revision process of mountain bike products, racing them around the world and while in down time, to sit down and be a part time engineer for the same product/company he represents on the race course. He doesn’t care about the money, as long as he has a place to live, food, and the funds or support to race he’s completely content.

Alex Potwardowski is a student majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Manufacturing at Wentworth Institute of Technology.  He has experience being a part of Wentworth’s student chapters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.  Alex has an interest in entrepreneurship and took part in Accelerate, an innovation and entrepreneurship club, freshmen year where he lead an interdisciplinary group of three students in a project to design, present and gain potential funding for a more water efficient flush toilet.  Alex also has a wide range but intermediate knowledge of programming and has experience with html, G-code, Robot-C, LabVIEW, EES, and most recently Mathematica.

Cole Emerson Leether is an undergraduate student at Wentworth Institute of Technology pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science and Mechanical Engineering. Cole earned his high school diploma at Southington Public High School, and has gained valuable mechanical engineering experience both from working as an automotive mechanic and an engineering intern at PQ Controls Inc. His knowledge and skills focus in the study and design of mechanical mechanisms. With fellow classmates at Wentworth, Cole has successfully completed all task and projects assigned through his college career, which has resulted in three dean’s list honors to his name.

Michael Bedard is currently a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology.  He plans on working in an alternate energy or automotive industries after graduation.  He enjoys using Dassault Systmes SolidWorks and is a Certified SolidWorks Associate in Mechanical Design.  In his free time enjoys ice hockey and practices calisthenics.

Jenna Jacobs is currently a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology. She is a student in Georgi Gospodinov’s MATH625 Differential Equation Class. She plans on working in the transportation or alternative energy industries after completing her degree. She is the Vice President of the Society of Women Engineers and an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In her spare time she is also a firefighter for her local hometown fire department.

Howard Burpee is a sophomore transfer student in the BSEE program at Wentworth.  Howard transferred into Wentworth Institute from Southern Maine Community College after completing his Associates Degree in Liberal Studies.  Howard is interested in robotics and programming.  He is currently in Differential Equations taught by Georgi Gospodinov.  In this Differential Equations class he and his group members are doing their study of choice on the Fourier Transform.

Rob Cheetham is a freshman student in the BSCO program at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Rob came to Wentworth with a strong background and interest in mathematics, combined with an interest in computers and engineering. After graduating, Rob hopes to work with computer and computational systems. He is currently enrolled in Differential Equations taught by Georgi Gospodinov. In this class Rob and his group members are studying the Fourier Transform as a method of solving differential equations.

Samuel Dahlberg is a Sophomore in the BSEN program at Wentworth Institute of Technology.  He is currently studying Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science.    He is a member of IEEE Wentworth chapter as well as the IEEE International Computer Society.  Dahlberg is taking MATH 625 Differential Equations with Georgi Gospodinov.  His current for that course group project focuses on studying the Fourier transform and its usefulness in describing problems with unbounded spatial regions.

Zack Wilson is a freshman student in the BSAM program at Wentworth Institute of Technology. This is Zack’s first semester at Wentworth, after transferring from the University of Massachusetts Amherst this spring. Zack is hoping to get a strong understanding of the Fourier Transform at the conclusion of the semester. Zack is in enrolled in Differential Equations with Professor Georgi Gospondinov.

Collin Hoffman is a sophomore studying computer engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He is particularly interested in robotics and manufacturing, as well as undertaking challenging engineering projects of his own. His group research project focused on mathematical examination of gain and phase shift with an emphasis on mechanical and electrical applications.

Faraz Syed is a sophomore at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He is currently majoring in the Computer Engineering field, with a minor in Computer Science. Faraz is a member of the NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) Wentworth chapter. He has a strong interest in Computer hardware and is currently working a Lead Certified Technician at Staples, Inc. During the summer of 2014, Faraz will be beginning his Co-op as a Systems Engineer at a leading retail technology development company. He is presently taking MATH 625 Differential Equations with Professor Georgi Gospodinov. Faraz has been doing extensive research involving the real world applications and efficacy of Gain and Phase shift, for his Differential Equations group project.

Stephanie Atteridge is a freshman in Mechanical Engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology.  Her primary interests lie in Manufacturing and Physics, for one or both she intends to enroll into a program to achieve a minor.  She is taking the Differential Equations course, MATH625, with Georgi Gospodinov.  The project of her current involvement focuses on the mathematical modeling of Gain and Phase shifts in practical engineering situations, which can be demonstrated using Mathematica and various programming methods.

Antonya Alleyne is a senior undergraduate student at Simmons College earning her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a minor in Physics. She is interested in Statistics and Data Analysis. She is taking a Differential Equations class with Professor Georgi  Gospodinov. Currently she is in a group studying on Lead in the Body.

Elizabeth Olson is a sophomore in Civil Engineering and studying at Wentworth Institute of Technology.  She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is interested in the structural analysis aspect of her field.  She is currently taking Differential Equations with Professor Georgi Gospodinov.  Her group’s research project focused on the compartmental analysis of the movement of lead through the human body.

Trevor Decker is currently enrolled in his first year at Wentworth Institute of Technology.  He is currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Electrical Engineering.  He is interested in Automotives and robotics as well as various other mechanical projects. Trevor Decker is currently part of a group working on charting how lead enters the body, moves through the body and then leaves the body.

Zackery Bernier is a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Business Management at Wentworth Institute of Technology.  He is interested in the automotive industry as well as manufacturing and prosthetics. Zackery Bernier’s group research project focuses on Euler’s Method as well as improved Euler’s and RK4. The project attempts to explain and compare the various methods thoroughly while incorporating Mathematica software aspects.

Michelle Bova is a sophomore at Wentworth Institute of Technology who is currently studying Electromechanical Engineering. She hopes to switch to Electronics Engineering Technology because she is very interested in robotics and programming instead of Mechanical Engineering. Her group’s research focuses on the differences between Euler’s Method, improved Euler’s Method and the RK4 method. The project compares these three methods in detail while using the Mathematica software. The software makes it easier to calculate the estimations given by these methods.

Hristina Toncheva is currently a sophomore, studying Mechanical Engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Her future hopes are to obtain an engineering management position in the construction field. She is currently enrolled in MATH 625 Differential Equations, with Professor Georgi Gospodinov. Hristina Toncheva is working with a research group of three students focusing primarily on Euler’s Method, RK4, and improved Euler’s. They incorporated the use of Wolfram’s Mathematica to achieve these results.

Nghia Huynh is a college student who is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He is interested in thermodynamics related industry. He is currently taking Differential Equation with Professor Georgi Gospodinov. For this ODE class, he is currently working on his project which is about how populations of species interact with each other through the predator and prey model.

Connor Murphy is a sophomore at Wentworth Institute of Technology studying Civil Engineering. He is interested the design and structural elements of roads and bridges as well as environmental issues and how civil engineers can prevent them. His group research focusses on the relationship between different constants added to various differential equations displaying the behavior of a pendulum.

John McLenithan IV is a sophomore studying Civil Engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He is interested in improving America’s infrastructure as well as the environmental footprint it has. John’s group research focuses on the effects of different constants applied to various differential equations that show the behavior of a pendulum.

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