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Black History Month Faculty Spotlight: Semere Gebresilasie
Semere Gebresilasie Spotlight
"My burning desire to learn new ideas has helped me stay active in research, publication in peer-reviewed journals, and as a reviewer."

What courses are you teaching?
I teach Industrial Problems in Applied Math, Advanced Statistics, Time Series, Probability and Statistics, and Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory.

How have your interests, research, or experience led you to your field?
Ever since I was a kid, I have been very fascinated by the rich applications of mathematics. The theory of calculus and its application was the main driving factor for me to study mathematical finance and statistics. Mathematical finance deals with an application of mathematical modeling of the financial market rather than pure theory. My burning desire to learn new ideas has helped me stay active in research, publication in peer-reviewed journals, and as a reviewer.

What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my accomplishments, and my faith in the Lord. I am also most proud of my colleagues and Wentworth. I would consider myself as one of the few Eritreans who got the opportunity to live the American dream.

What is one interesting fact about you?
I'm an open-minded individual.

Name one exciting thing that is happening in your classroom.
The use of multiple regression in determining the selling price of a used car given several features turns out to be the most exciting thing happening right now in my classroom.

Share your favorite quote for Black History Month.
"Hold on to your dreams of a better life and stay committed to striving to realize it.” -Earl G. Graves, Sr.

List of recent publications and other accomplishments (2019 - 2021):

  • Barndorff, Nielsen and Shephard model for hedging energy with quantity risk. High Frequency Journal. (2019).
  • Pricing Variance Swaps for the Discrete BN-S Model was submitted to the Indian Statistical Journal of Sankhya.