# People

## Alumni

We are proud of our alumni, their positions after graduating from UNCG tell about their post-graduation successes.

In our Student Video Testimonials some of our graduates share their experience as a student in our department.

#### Helen Guo

**M.A. in Mathematics, ** **Position After Graduation:** Clinical SAS Programmer **MA Advisor: **Haimeng Zhang
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Abraham Abebe

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2014** **Position After Graduation:** Assistant Professor at Temple University **PhD Advisor(s): **Maya Chhetri
**Research Group:** Applied Math

#### Ananta Acharya

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2023** **Position After Graduation:** Temporary Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Utah State University. **PhD Advisor(s): **Ratnasingham Shivaji
**Research Group:** Applied Math

#### Bukola Adaramola

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2017** **MA Advisor: **Haimeng Zhang
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Ashwag Alghamdi

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2017** **MA Advisor: **Scott Richter
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Badr Aloraini

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2021** **Position After Graduation:** Visiting Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University **PhD Advisor(s): **Sat Gupta
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Sarangan Balasubramaniam

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2022** **Position After Graduation:** Lecturer at the University of Georgia **PhD Advisor(s): **Haimeng Zhang
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Casey Balser

**Position After Graduation:** Budget and Management Analyst for Forsyth County, NC **Research Group:** Statistics

#### Shalmali Bandyopadhyay

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2023** **Position After Graduation:** Assistant Professor at University of Tennessee at Martin **PhD Advisor(s): **Maya Chhetri
**Research Group:** Applied Math

#### Heather Barker (Allmond)

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2010** **Position After Graduation:** Mathematics Instructor at Piedmont Community College. **MA Advisor: **Jan Rychtář
**Research Group:** Applied Math

#### David Barron

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2015** **Position After Graduation:** Instructor at Central Carolina Community College **MA Advisor: **Paul Duvall

#### Jenny Beck

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, ** **PhD Advisor(s): **Talia Fernós
**MA Advisor: **Talia Fernós
**Research Group:** Group Theory

#### Brian Blackmon

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2022** **Position After Graduation:** Data scientist at Lincoln Financial Group.

#### Satyajith Bommana Boyana

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2024** **Position After Graduation:** Assistant Professor at Florida Polytechnic University **PhD Advisor(s): **Yi Zhang
**Research Group:** Applied Math

#### Christine Bottini

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2019** **Position After Graduation:** Statistician for the U.S. Census Bureau **Research Group:** Statistics

#### Nancy Buck

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2010** **MA Advisor: **Brett Tangedal
**Research Group:** Number Theory

#### Torre Caparatta

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2024** **M.A. in Mathematics, 2023** **Position After Graduation:** Data Scientist at Old Dominion Freight Line **PhD Advisor(s): **Filip Saidak
, Sebastian Pauli
**Research Group:** Number Theory

#### Wei Chen

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2018** **Position After Graduation:** Assistant Teaching Professor at Miami University **PhD Advisor(s): **Haimeng Zhang
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### David Chodounsky

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2006** **Position After Graduation:** Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Mathematics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic **MA Advisor: **Jerry Vaughan

#### Ram Dhungana

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2020** **Position After Graduation:** Instructor Dallas ISD **Research Group:** Statistics

#### Charith Elson

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2019** **Position After Graduation:** Lecturer Mathematics/Statistics Texas Tech University **MA Advisor: **Scott Richter
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### William Ely

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2012** **Position After Graduation:** Professional Services Consultant at Earnix **MA Advisor: **Jan Rychtář
**Research Group:** Applied Math

#### Adam Eury

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2014** **Position After Graduation:** Software Engineer at Coherent Path **MA Advisor: **Maya Chhetri
**Research Group:** Applied Math

#### Lance Everhart

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2016** **Position After Graduation:** Computer Science Lecturer at UNCG **MA Advisor: **Sebastian Pauli
**Research Group:** Number Theory

#### Shierina Fareed

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2012** **Position After Graduation:** PhD student at UNCG **PhD Advisor(s): **Scott Richter
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Matt Farmer

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2024** **Position After Graduation:** Assistant Professor at Anderson University **PhD Advisor(s): **Clifford Smyth
**Research Group:** Combinatorics

#### Ricky Farr

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2017** **Position After Graduation:** Mathematics Professor at Spartanburg Methodist College **PhD Advisor(s): **Sebastian Pauli
**Research Group:** Number Theory

#### Xinyu Feng

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2018** **Position After Graduation:** Financial Advisor at Equitable Advisors Greensboro, North Carolina **Research Group:** Statistics

#### Daniel Flores

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2003** **Position After Graduation:** Assistant Professor at Elon University **MA Advisor: **Jerry Vaughan

#### Nalin Fonseka

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2020** **Position After Graduation:** Assistant professor the University of Central Missouri **PhD Advisor(s): **Ratnasingham Shivaji
**Research Group:** Applied Math, Mathematical Biology

#### Nathan Fontes

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2018** **Position After Graduation:** PhD Student at Clemson University **MA Advisor: **Dan Yasaki
**Research Group:** Number Theory

#### Monika Goel

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2017** **Position After Graduation:** Senior Lecturer at UNCG **PhD Advisor(s): **Sat Gupta
**MA Advisor: **Sat Gupta
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Patricia Griffin

**M.A. in Mathematics, 1969** **Position After Graduation:** Lecturer at UNCG **MA Advisor: **Charles Church

#### Indika Gunawardana

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2018** **Position After Graduation:** Doctoral student at Texas A&M **MA Advisor: **Tom Lewis
**Research Group:** Applied Math

#### Paula Hamby

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2012** **MA Advisor: **Dan Yasaki
**Research Group:** Number Theory

#### John Hardee

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2012** **Position After Graduation:** Faculty at Davidson County Community College **MA Advisor: **Richard Fabiano
**Research Group:** Applied Math

#### Victoria Hayes

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2017** **Position After Graduation:** Mathematics Instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College **MA Advisor: **Jan Rychtář
**Research Group:** Mathematical Biology

#### Alketa “Keta” Henderson

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2024** **Position After Graduation:** Visiting Assistant Professor at Elon University **PhD Advisor(s): **Ratnasingham Shivaji
**Research Group:** Applied Math

#### Michael Higgins

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2012** **Position After Graduation:** Product Analyst at Square **MA Advisor: **Scott Richter
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Elliott Hollifield

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2020** **Position After Graduation:** Assistant Professor at UNC Pembroke **PhD Advisor(s): **Maya Chhetri
**Research Group:** Applied Math

#### Katzutomo Iinuma

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2003** **Position After Graduation:** Executive Pastor at Every Nation Church, NYC **MA Advisor: **Jerry Vaughan
**Research Group:** Topology

#### Richard Jenkins

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2011** **Position After Graduation:** Adjunct professor in Mathematics at Greensboro College **MA Advisor: **Scott Richter
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Emily Johnson

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2018** **MA Advisor: **Scott Richter
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Norbert Kadima

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2009** **Position After Graduation:** Statistical Programmer II at IQVIA **MA Advisor: **Sat Gupta
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Jakini Kauba

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2022** **Position After Graduation:** PhD student at Clemson University **MA Advisor: **Thomas Weighill

#### Nina Khalili

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2020** **Position After Graduation:** Senior Scientific Analyst for Climate Risk at The Climate Service, now a part of S&P Global **Research Group:** Statistics

#### Sravani Krosuri

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2020** **Position After Graduation:** Jr. Data Scientist at Neighborhood Rescue of America **MA Advisor: **Jianping Sun
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Jeff Lail

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2016** **Position After Graduation:** Data Analyst at Syngenta **MA Advisor: **Scott Richter
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Christopher Langewisch

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2016** **Position After Graduation:** Strategic Business Analyst at Targetbase **MA Advisor: **Scott Richter
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Michael Leshowitz

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2017** **Position After Graduation:** Technical Content Developer at Cengage **MA Advisor: **Jan Rychtář
**Research Group:** Mathematical Biology

#### Xiangpan Li

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2019** **Position After Graduation:** Data Analytist at TD Bank **Research Group:** Statistics

#### Mingyan Li

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2017** **Position After Graduation:** International Business Consultant at RTP China Connection **MA Advisor: **Scott Richter
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Bin Luo

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2019** **M.A. in Mathematics, 2016** **Position After Graduation:** Postdoctoral Associate Position from Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics | Duke School of Medicine. **PhD Advisor(s): **Xiaoli Gao
**MA Advisor: **Xiaoli Gao
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Jack Luper

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2006** **Position After Graduation:** Technical Development AVP at Bank of America **MA Advisor: **Maya Chhetri
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Aidan Lytle

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2022** **Position After Graduation:** at Boeing **Research Group:** Applied Math

#### Jeremy Preston Magee

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2008** **Position After Graduation:** Mathematics Teacher at Guilford County Schools **MA Advisor: **Paul Duvall

#### Joddy Marchesoni

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2021** **Position After Graduation:** Data & Visualization Librarian at NCSU

#### Matthew McGilvary

**M.A. in Mathematics, ** **PhD Advisor(s): **Michael Hull
**MA Advisor: **Michael Hull

#### Jonathan Milstead

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2017** **Position After Graduation:** Lecturer at UNCG **PhD Advisor(s): **Sebastian Pauli
**Research Group:** Number Theory

#### Quinn Morris

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2017** **Position After Graduation:** Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University **PhD Advisor(s): **Ratnasingham Shivaji
**Research Group:** Applied Math, Mathematical Biology

#### Amila Muthunayake

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2021** **Position After Graduation:** Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Weber State University **PhD Advisor(s): **Ratnasingham Shivaji
**Research Group:** Mathematical Biology

#### Christopher Nem

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2021** **Position After Graduation:** Math Instructor at Central Carolina Community College **Research Group:** Applied Math

#### Dustin Nichols

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2024** **Position After Graduation:** Assistant Professor at High Point University **PhD Advisor(s): **Ratnasingham Shivaji
**Research Group:** Applied Math

#### Hannah Parker

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2022** **Position After Graduation:** IT Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond **Research Group:** Data Analytics

#### Michael Parker

**M.A. in Mathematics, ** **Position After Graduation:** PhD student at UNCG **PhD Advisor(s): **Sat Gupta

#### Catherine Payne

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2017** **Position After Graduation:** Assistant Professor at Winston-Salem State University **PhD Advisor(s): **Richard Fabiano
**MA Advisor: **Jerry Vaughan
**Research Group:** Applied Math

#### Yang Peng

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2019** **Position After Graduation:** Data Scientist at CentralSquare Technologies **MA Advisor: **Xiaoli Gao
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Elizabeth (Dawn) Poole

**M.A. in Mathematics, ** **MA Advisor: **Scott Richter
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Neil Pritchard

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2023** **Position After Graduation:** Lecturer at UNCG **PhD Advisor(s): **Thomas Weighill
**MA Advisor: **Greg Bell
**Research Group:** Topology

#### Denise Rangel

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2010** **Position After Graduation:** Ph.D. student at University of Texas at Arlington; Visiting Assistant Professor at Manhattan College **MA Advisor: **Paul Duvall

#### Aaron Rapp

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2020** **Position After Graduation:** Assistant Professor at the University of the Virgin Islands **PhD Advisor(s): **Tom Lewis
, Yi Zhang
**Research Group:** Applied Math

#### Charles Renn

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2007** **Position After Graduation:** Security Engineer at Google **MA Advisor: **Theresa Vaughan

#### Bety Rostandy

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2019** **Position After Graduation:** Research Support Specialist at Rockefeller University Proteomics Resource Center **MA Advisor: **Xiaoli Gao
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### James Rudzinski

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2021** **Position After Graduation:** Instructor at GTCC **PhD Advisor(s): **Clifford Smyth
**Research Group:** Combinatorics

#### Sandi Rudzinski

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2018** **Position After Graduation:** Mathematics Teacher at Rural Retreat High School, VA **PhD Advisor(s): **Sebastian Pauli
**MA Advisor: **Sebastian Pauli
**Research Group:** Number Theory

#### Bud Sanders

**M.A. in Mathematics, 1993** **Position After Graduation:** Professor at the University of South Carolina Beaufort **MA Advisor: **Paul Duvall

#### Pujita Sapra

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2023** **Position After Graduation:** Assistant Professor at Highpoint University **PhD Advisor(s): **Sat Gupta
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Kristen Scheckelhoff

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2021** **Position After Graduation:** PhD Student at University of Virginia **MA Advisor: **Dan Yasaki
**Research Group:** Number Theory

#### Supriti Sehra

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2008** **Position After Graduation:** Advanced Analytics Manager at Orbitz Worldwide **MA Advisor: **Sat Gupta
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Sandamalee Seneviratne

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2018** **MA Advisor: **Tom Lewis
**Research Group:** Applied Math

#### Jeong Sep Sihm

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2016** **M.A. in Mathematics, 2012** **Position After Graduation:** Assistant Professor Of Mathematics, Carolina University **PhD Advisor(s): **Sat Gupta
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Rick Shepherd

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2013** **Position After Graduation:** Software Engineer at Electronic Data Magentics Inc **MA Advisor: **Brett Tangedal
**Research Group:** Number Theory

#### Qing Shi

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2009** **Position After Graduation:** Director, Biostatistics and Statistical Programming, Zentalis Pharmaceuticals **MA Advisor: **Scott Richter
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Wenhao “Wendy” Shou

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, ** **PhD Advisor(s): **Sat Gupta
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Brian Sinclair

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2015** **M.A. in Mathematics, 2008** **Position After Graduation:** Applied Research Mathematician with the National Security Agency (NSA) **PhD Advisor(s): **Sebastian Pauli
**Research Group:** Number Theory

#### Alex Smith

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2019** **Position After Graduation:** AVP, Risk Data and Reporting Analyst II for Truist **Research Group:** Statistics

#### Byungjae Son

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2017** **Position After Graduation:** Assistant Professor at Ohio Northern University **PhD Advisor(s): **Ratnasingham Shivaji
**Research Group:** Applied Math

#### Keri Spetzer

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2018** **Position After Graduation:** Graduate Teaching Assistant at UNC Greensboro **Research Group:** Applied Math

#### Davorin Stajsic

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2010** **Position After Graduation:** Graduate student in Industrial Engineering at NC A&T **MA Advisor: **Clifford Smyth
**Research Group:** Combinatorics

#### Stephen Steward

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2020** **Position After Graduation:** Data Analyst at UNC Health **MA Advisor: **Brett Tangedal
**Research Group:** Number Theory

#### Nicholas Stewart

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2016** **Position After Graduation:** Senior Data Analyst at Triad Area Data Company **MA Advisor: **Sat Gupta
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Will Stiles

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2021** **Position After Graduation:** Solar Data Scientist at Radian Generation Charlotte, North Carolina **MA Advisor: **Tom Lewis
**Research Group:** Applied Math

#### Robert Stoesen

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2014** **Position After Graduation:** Research Specialist at Guilford Technical Community College **MA Advisor: **Sat Gupta
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### David Suarez

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2018** **Position After Graduation:** PhD student at the University of Virginia **MA Advisor: **Sat Gupta
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Arpad Szarka

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2016** **Position After Graduation:** Technical Expert IV at Syngenta **MA Advisor: **Sat Gupta
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Kalani Thalagoda

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2023** **Position After Graduation:** Postdoctoral Fellow at Tulane University **PhD Advisor(s): **Dan Yasaki
**Research Group:** Number Theory

#### Romesh Thanuja

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2021** **Position After Graduation:** Senior Lecturer at University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka **PhD Advisor(s): **Haimeng Zhang
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Sundar Thapa

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2008** **Position After Graduation:** Statistician at U.S. Office of Personnel Management **MA Advisor: **Sat Gupta
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Shiyong Tian

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2021** **Position After Graduation:** Operations Support Manager Cainiao Supply Chain US Inc

#### Christopher Vanlangenberg

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2016** **Position After Graduation:** Chief Data Scientist at Beacon Data, Inc **PhD Advisor(s): **Haimeng Zhang
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Jonathan Verner

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2006** **Position After Graduation:** Research Assistant at Charles University **MA Advisor: **Jerry Vaughan
**Research Group:** Topology

#### Ping Wang

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2018** **Position After Graduation:** Data Analyst, Cobbs Creek Healthcare **MA Advisor: **Sat Gupta
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Na Wang

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2018** **Position After Graduation:** Financial & Underwriting Analyst, Alliant Insurance Services **Research Group:** Statistics

#### Kellie Ward

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2021** **Position After Graduation:** Finance & Insurance Accountant at Sonic Automotive **MA Advisor: **Tom Lewis
**Research Group:** Applied Math

#### Michael Watts

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2013** **Position After Graduation:** Math Instructor at United States Air Force Academy **MA Advisor: **Greg Bell
**Research Group:** Group Theory

#### Debbie White

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2018** **Position After Graduation:** Instructor at Alamance Community College **MA Advisor: **Dan Yasaki
**Research Group:** Number Theory

#### Robert White

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2008** **Position After Graduation:** Business Intelligence Manager at Targetbase **MA Advisor: **Scott Richter
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Mike Wilder

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2006** **Position After Graduation:** Adjunct Instructor at Elon University **Research Group:** Statistics

#### Tanja Zatezalo

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2016** **Position After Graduation:** Adjunct Professor at North Carolina Central University and Adjunct Professor at Campbell University **PhD Advisor(s): **Sat Gupta
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Qi Zhang

**Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, 2020** **M.A. in Mathematics, 2016** **Position After Graduation:** Senior Data Analyst | R Shiny Developer at Alexion Pharmaceuticals **PhD Advisor(s): **Sat Gupta
**MA Advisor: **Sat Gupta
**Research Group:** Statistics

#### Guolin Zhao

**M.A. in Mathematics, 2008** **Position After Graduation:** Biostatistician at Biogen Idec **Research Group:** Statistics