Recent Ph.D. graduates

Recent Ph.D. Graduates

Andrew Steyer

Graduation date: Summer 2016
Research area: Numerical Analysis
Thesis title: A Lyapunov Exponent Based Stability Theory for Ordinary Differential Equation Initial Value Problem Solvers
Thesis advisor: Erik Van Vleck
First job: Postdoctoral Researcher, Sandia National Lab
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Grant Serio

Graduation date: Summer 2016
Research area: Algebra
Thesis title: Multiplicities in Commutative Algebra
Thesis advisor: Dan Katz
First job: Lecturer, University of Kansas
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Leonard Huang

Graduation date: Spring 2016
Research area: Analysis
Thesis title: Generalized Fixed-Point Algebras for Twisted C*-Dynamical Systems
Thesis advisor: Albert Sheu
First job: Burnett C. Meyer Postdoctoral Instructor, University of Colorado, Boulder
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Chen Su

Graduation date: Spring 2016
Research area: Probability and Numerical Analysis
Thesis title: Some Studies on Parameter Estimations
Thesis advisors: Yaozhong Hu and Xuemin Tu
First job: Quantitative Analyst, Wells Fargo Securities, Charlotte, NC
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Yanghui Liu

Graduation date: Spring 2016
Research area: Probability
Thesis title: Numerical Solutions of Rough Differential Equations and Stochastic Differential Equations
Thesis advisor: David Nualart and Yaozhong Hu
First job: Golomb Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Purdue University
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John Reynolds

Graduation date: Spring 2016
Research area: Topology
Thesis title: Convergence Properties of Hausdorff Closed Spaces
Thesis advisor: Jack Porter
First job: Visiting Assistant Professor, Hendrix College, Conway, AR

Tony Se

Graduation date: Spring 2016
Research area: Algebra
Thesis title: Depth and Associated Primes of Modules Over a Ring
Thesis advisor: Hailong Dao
First job: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi
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Shalan Alkarni

Graduation date: Spring 2016
Research area: Algebra
Thesis title: Three Dimensional Jacobian Derivations and Divisor Class Groups
Thesis advisor: Jeff Lang
First job: Assistant Professor, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
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Zheng Han

Graduation date: Fall 2015
Research area: Probability
Thesis title: Reflected Diffusions and Application to Finance
Thesis advisor: Yaozhong Hu
First job: PhD student in finance, School of Business, University of Kansas
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Xi Li

Graduation date: Fall 2015
Research area: Dynamical Systems
Thesis title: Dynamics of a Degenerate Fokker-Planck Equation and its Applications
Thesis advisor: Weishi Liu
First job: Quantitative Analyst, Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, Kansas

Guannan Hu

Graduation date: Fall 2015
Research area: Probability
Thesis title: Fractional Diffusion in Gaussian Noisy Environment
Thesis advisor: Yaozhong Hu
First job: Employment status unknown

Lucas Chaffee

Graduation date: Spring 2015
Research area: Analysis
Thesis title: Commutators of Multilinear Singular Integral Operators with Pointwise Multiplication
Thesis advisor: Rodolfo Torres
First job: Visiting Assistant Professor, Western Washington University
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Cody Clifton

Graduation date: Spring 2015
Research area: Probability
Thesis title: A Stochastic System Model for PageRank: Parameter Estimation and Adaptive Control
Thesis advisor: Bozenna Pasik-Duncan
First job: Marketing Specialist, Adpearance, Portland, Oregon
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Billy Sanders

Graduation date: Spring 2015
Research area: Algebra
Thesis title: Categorical and Homological Aspects of Module Theory over Commutative Rings
Thesis advisor: Hailong Dao
First job: Postdoctoral Fellow, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
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Khoa Le

Graduation date: Spring 2015
Research area: Probability
Thesis title: Nonlinear Integrals, Diffusions in Random Environments and Stochastic Partial Differential Equations
Thesis advisor: Yaozhong Hu
First job: Postdoctoral Fellow, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute / Universities of Calgary and Alberta, Canada
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Jingyu Huang

Graduation date: Spring 2015
Research area: Probability
Thesis title: Stochastic Partial Differential Equations Driven by Colored Noise
Thesis advisor: Yaozhong Hu and David Nualart
First job: Postdoctoral Fellow, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute / University of Utah
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William Espenschied

Graduation date: Fall 2014
Research area: Combinatorics
Thesis title: Graphs of polytopes
Thesis advisor: Margaret Bayer
First job: Mathematics Adjunct, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Florida
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Alex Console

Graduation date: Fall 2013
Research area: Analysis
Thesis title: Limit domains in several complex variables
Thesis advisor: Estela Gavosto
First job: Lecturer, University of Kansas
Current position: Data Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton, Norfolk, VA
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Daniel Harnett

Graduation date: Summer 2013
Research area: Probability and Statistics
Thesis title: Central limit theorems for some symmetric stochastic integrals
Thesis advisor: David Nualart
First job: Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
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Mingji Zhang

Graduation date: Summer 2013
Research area: Applied Mathematics
Thesis title: Dynamics of Poisson-Nernst-Planck system and applications to ionic channels
Thesis advisor: Weishi Liu
First job: Research Postdoc, Michigan State University
Current position: Assistant professor, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
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Jarod Hart

Graduation date: Spring 2013
Research area: Harmonic Analysis
Thesis title: Bilinear Littlewood-Paley square functions and singular integrals
Thesis advisor: Rodolfo Torres
First job: Research Assistant Professor, Wayne State University
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Kansas
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Fei Lu

Graduation date: Spring 2013
Research area: Probability
Thesis title: Some applications of Malliavin calculus to SPDE and convergence of densities
Thesis advisor: Yaozhong Hu and David Nualart
First job: Mathematics Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Current position: Same
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Pedro Lei

Graduation date: Fall 2012
Research area: Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes
Thesis title: On the self-similar Gaussian processes
Thesis advisor: David Nualart
Current position: Quantitative Operations Associate, Bank of America, Wilmington, DE
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Maila Brucal Hallare

Graduation date: Fall 2012
Research area: Numerical Analysis
Thesis title: Solutions of lattice differential equations over inhomogeneous media
Thesis advisor: Erik Van Vleck
First job: Assistant Professor, Thomas Nelson Community College
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Charles Lamb

Graduation date: Fall 2012
Research area: Numerical Anlaysis
Thesis title: Neutral equations of mixed type
Thesis advisor: Erik Van Vleck
First job: Assistant Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Current position: Same
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Seungly Oh

Graduation date: Summer 2012
Research area: Partial Differential Equations
Thesis title: Normal Form Approach for Dispersive Equations with Low-Regularity Data
Thesis advisor: Atanas Stefanov
First job: Postdoc, University of Missouri
Current position: Assistant Professor, Western New England University
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Branden Stone

Graduation date: Summer 2012
Research area: Commutative Algebra
Thesis title: Super-stretched and countable Cohen-Macauley type
Thesis advisor: Craig Huneke
First job: Visiting Assistant Professor, Bard College
Current position: Assistant Professor at Adelphi University
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Timothy Dorn

Graduation date: Spring 2012
Research area: Differential Equations
Thesis title: Shear flows in liquid crystal models
Thesis advisor: Weishi Liu
First job: Assistant Professor, North Georgia College and State University
Current position: National Security Agency

Xianping Li

Graduation date: Fall 2011
Research area: Numerical Anlaysis
Thesis title: Anisotropic mesh adaptation for the finite element solution of anisotropic diffusion problems
Thesis advisor: Weizhang Huang
First job: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Central Arkansas
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Missouri-Kansas City
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Thomas Enkosky

Graduation date: Summer 2011
Research area: Combinatorics
Thesis title: Enumerative and algebraic aspects of slope varieties
Thesis advisor: Jeremy Martin
First job: Visiting Assistant Professor, US Coast Guard Academy
Current position: Lecturer, Boston University
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Aslihan Demirkaya

Graduation date: Spring 2011
Research area: Partial Differential Equations
Thesis title: Long-time behavior and the stability of special solutions of nonlinear partial differential equations
Thesis advisor: Milena Stanislavova
First job: Assistant Professor, University of Hartford
Current position: Same
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Brandon Humpert

Graduation date: Spring 2011
Research area: Combinatorics
Thesis title: Polynomials associated with graph colorings and orientations
Thesis advisor: Jeremy Martin
Current position: Data Engineer, GoFundMe, Redwood City, CA
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Daniel McNeill

Graduation date: Spring 2011
Research area: Topology
Thesis title: Properties of H-sets, Katetov spaces, and H-closed extensions with countable remainder
Thesis advisor: Jack Porter
First job: Visiting Assistant Professor, Montana Tech
Current position: Research Postdoc, Università degli Studi dell'Insubria in Milan, Itay
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Xiaoming Song

Graduation date: Spring 2011
Research area: Stochastic Processes
Thesis title: Backward stochastic differential equations and stochastic differential equations driven by fractional Brownian motion and their numerical solutions
Thesis advisors: Yaozhong Hu and David Nualart
First job: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of North Carolina
Current position:Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Drexel University
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Yiannis Zachariou

Graduation date: Spring 2011
Research area: Stochastic Processes
Thesis title: Identification and adaptive control methods for some stochastic systems
Thesis advisor: Bozenna Pasik-Duncan
First Job: Network Planner, Sprint Nextel Corporation
Current position: Data Scientist Consultant, Amdocs
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Erika Ward

Graduation date: Summer 2010
Research area: Analysis
Thesis title: New estimates in harmonic analysis for mixed Lebesgue spaces
Thesis advisors: Rodolfo H. Torres
First job: Visiting Assistant Professor, Jacksonville University
Current position: Assistant Professor, Jacksonville University
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Jian V. Song

Graduation date: Spring 2010
Research area: Probability
Thesis title: Some topics on the fractional Brownian motion and stochastic partial differential equations
Thesis advisors: David Nualart and Yaozhong Hu
First job: Triennial Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Hong Kong
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Ananthnarayan Hariharan

Graduation date: Summer 2009
Research area: Algebra
Thesis title: Approximating Artinian rings by Gorenstein rings and 3-standardness of the maximal ideal
Thesis advisor: Craig Huneke
First job: Postdoctoral position, University of Nebraska
Current position: Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
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Kabe Moen

Graduation date: Spring 2009
Research area: Analysis
Thesis title: Linear and multilinear fractional operators: weighted inequalities, sharp bounds, and other properties
Thesis advisors: Rodolfo H. Torres and Carlos Perez
First job: William Chauvenet Postdoctoral Lecturer, Washington University in St. Louis
Current position: Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Alabama
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Jila Niknejad

Graduation date: Spring 2009
Research area: Topology
Thesis title: Some Properties of Realcompact Subspaces and Coarser Normal Spaces
Thesis advisor: Jack Porter
First job: Lecturer, University of Kansas
Current position: Same
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Lynne Christine Yengulalp

Graduation date: Spring 2009
Research area: Topology
Thesis title: Coarser connected topologies and non-normality points
Thesis advisor: William Fleissner
First job: Assistant Professor, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
Current position: Associate Professor, University of Dayton
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Jude Kastens

Graduation date: Summer 2008
Research area: Statistics
Thesis title: Some New Developments on Two Separate Topics: Statistical Cross Validation and Floodplain Mapping
Thesis advisor: David Lerner
First job: Research Assistant Professor, Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program, University of Kansas
Current position: Same
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Manoj Kummini

Graduation date: Summer 2008
Research area: Algebra
Thesis title: Homological Invariants of Monomial and Binomial Ideals
Thesis advisor: Craig Huneke
First job: Postdoctoral position, Purdue University
Current position: Associate Professor, Chennai Mathematical Institute, India
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Yasong Jin

Graduation date: Fall 2007
Research area: Stochastic Control
Thesis title: Maximum Queue Length of a Fluid Model with a Gaussian Input
Thesis advisor: Tyrone Duncan
First job: Assistant Vice President, Bank of America

Xiaobo Liu

Graduation date: Fall 2007
Research area: Stochastic Control
Thesis title: Some Problems in the Stochastic Portfolio Theory
Thesis advisor: Tyrone Duncan
First job: Quantitative Analyst, KBC Financial Products, Hong Kong

Ken Parker

Graduation date: Summer 2007
Research area: Algebra
Thesis title: Some Results in Obstruction Theory for Projective Modules
Thesis advisor: Satyagopal Mandal
First job:Teaching position for the New York City Department of Education

Lon Mitchell

Graduation date: Spring 2007
Research area: Analysis
Thesis title: Simplicity of C*-Algebras Using Unique Eigenstates
Thesis advisor: William Paschke
First job: Postdoctoral position, Fields Institute for Research in Mathematics, University of Toronto, Canada
Current position: Editor, Mathematical Reviews

Nathan Andrew Carlson

Graduation date: Summer 2006
Research area: Topology
Thesis title: The Hausdorff Partial Order and Non-regular Power Homogeneous Spaces
Thesis advisor: Jack Porter
First job: Postdoctoral position, University of Arizona
Current position: Associate Professor, California Lutheran University
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Bahman Engheta

Graduation date: Summer 2005
Research area: Algebra
Thesis title: Bounds on Projective Dimension
Thesis advisor: Craig Huneke
First job: Postdoctoral position, University of California, Riverside
Current position: Senior Data Scientist at ZEFR, Los Angeles
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Diego Maldonado

Graduation date: Summer 2005
Research area: Analysis
Thesis title: Multilinear Singular Integrals and Quadratic Estimates
Thesis advisor: Rodolfo H. Torres
First job: Postdoctoral position, Norbert Wiener Center, University of Maryland
Current position: Professor, Kansas State University
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Glenn Rice

Graduation date: Summer 2005
Research area: Algebra
Thesis title: Asymptotic Properties of Torsion-Free Symmetric Powers of Modules
Thesis advisor: Daniel Katz
First job: Assistant Professor, D'Youville College
Current position: Associate Professor, Missouri Western State University
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Janet Striuli

Graduation date: Summer 2005
Research area: Algebra
Thesis title: Extensions of Modules and Uniform Bounds of Artin-Rees Type
Thesis advisor: Craig Huneke
First job: Postdoctoral position, University of Nebraska
Current position: Associate Professor, Fairfield University, Connecticut
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Neil Epstein

Graduation date: Spring 2005
Research area: Algebra
Thesis title: Closure Operators in Commutative Algebra; Tight Closure, Phantom Depth, and *-Spread
Thesis advisor: Craig Huneke
First job: Postdoctoral position, NSF Fellow, University of Michigan
Current position: Assistant Professor, George Mason University
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Giulio Caviglia

Graduation date: Summer 2004
Research area: Algebra
Thesis title: Kozul Algebras, Castelnuovo-Mumford Regularity and Generic Initial Ideals
Thesis advisor: Craig Huneke
First job: Postdoctoral position, University of California Berkeley and MSRI
Current position: Associate Professor, Purdue University
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Kelly Bach Flaherty

Graduation date: Fall 2003
Research area: Analysis
Thesis title: A Cancellation Problem for Quantum Spheres
Thesis advisor: Albert Sheu
First job: Assistant Professor, Benedictine College, Kansas
Current position: Teaching Assistant Professor, University of Denver

Luis Arana

Graduation date: Fall 2003
Research area: Analysis
Thesis title: The C*-Algebra of Lie Semidirect Products of the Form R^n x_a R
Thesis advisor: Albert Sheu
First job: Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Universidad del Este, Puerto Rico

Ellen Mir

Graduation date: Summer 2003
Research area: Topology
Thesis title: Relative Topological Properties of Hausdorff Spaces
Thesis advisor: Jack Porter
First job: Assistant Professor, Elon University, North Carolina
Current position: Data Scientist, SAS
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Karen Braman

Graduation date: Spring 2003
Research area: Numerical Linear Algebra
Thesis title: Toward a Recursive QR Algorithm
Thesis advisor: Ralph Byers
First job: Assistant Professor, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Current position: Associate Professor, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
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Marian K. Hukle

Graduation date: Fall 2002
Research area: Analysis
Thesis title: Real and Topological Stable Rank
Thesis advisor: Albert Sheu
First job: Research Grant Coordinator, Biosciences Initiative, University of Kansas

Yongwei Yao

Graduation date: Summer 2002
Research area: Algebra
Thesis title: Finite $F$-Representation Type and Primary Decomposition
Thesis advisor: Craig Huneke
First job: Postdoctoral positions, MSRI and University of Michigan
Current position: Associate Professor, Georgia State University
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Emanoil Theodorescu

Graduation date: Summer 2002
Research area: Algebra
Thesis title: Derived Functors and Hilbert Polynomials
Thesis advisor: Daniel Katz
First job: Postdoctoral position, University of Missouri, Columbia

Arpad Benyi

Graduation date: Spring 2002
Research area: Analysis
Thesis title: Bilinear Singular Integrals and Pseudodifferential Operators
Thesis advisor: Rodolfo H. Torres
First job: Postdoctoral position, University of Massachusetts
Current position: Professor, Western Washington University
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Eric West

Graduation date: Fall 2001
Research area: Algebra
Thesis title: Primes Associated to Multigraded Modules
Thesis advisor: Daniel Katz
First job: Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Benedictine College, Kansas
Current position: Same
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Catalin Ciuperca

Graduation date: Summer 2001
Research area: Algebra
Thesis title: Generalized Hilbert Coefficients and the S_2-fication of a Rees Algebra
Thesis advisor: Craig Huneke
First job: Postdoctoral position, University of California, Riverside
Current position: Associate Professor, North Dakota State University
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Stephen D. Bond

Graduation date: Fall 2000
Research area: Scientific Computing
Thesis title: Numerical Methods for Extended Hamiltonian Systems
Thesis advisor: Benedict Leimkuhler and Brian Laird
First job: Postdoctoral position, University of California, San Diego
Current position: Senior technical staff, Center for Computing Research, Sandia National Laboratories
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Mojtaba Noursalehi

Graduation date: Fall 2000
Research area: Statistics
Thesis title: Cubic Logistic Model and Dose Optimization for Binary Data
Thesis advisor: Benjamin Cobb
First job: Abbott Laboratories
Current position: Senior Vice President, InClin, San Francisco, CA
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Dora (Mihaela) Matache

Graduation date: Summer 2000
Research area: Stochastic Control
Thesis title: From Reality to Abstract in Stochastic Processes Applied to Telecommunications
Thesis advisor: Bozenna Pasik-Duncan
First job: Sprint Corporation
Current position: Professor, University of Nebraska, Omaha
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Peter Zimmer

Graduation date: Summer 2000
Research area: Stochastic Control
Thesis title: Numerical Approximation for the Stochastic Reaction-Diffusion Equation with an Application to a Neural Model
Thesis advisor: Tyrone Duncan
First job: Tenure-track Assistant Professor, West Chester University
Current position: Same
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Lonnie Sauter

Graduation date: Summer 2000
Research area: Scientific Computing
Thesis title: Generalized Synchronism, Low-Dimensional Chaos, and Phase Coherence in Coupled Chaotic Systems
Thesis advisor: Ying-Cheng Lai
First job: Sprint Corporation
Current position: Finance Manager, Network Finance, Sprint
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Amelia Taylor

Graduation date: Spring 2000
Research area: Algebra
Thesis title: Initial Ideals and the Inverse Problem in Groebner Basis Theory
Thesis advisor: Craig Huneke
First job: Postdoctoral position, Clay Mathematics Institute Liftoff Fellow and Rutgers Univeristy
Current position: Fellow, Insight Data Science, Bend, OR
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Magdalena Toda

Graduation date: Spring 2000
Research area: Differential Geometry
Thesis title: Pseudospherical Surfaces via Moving Frames and Loop Groups
Thesis advisor: Josef Dorfmeister and Constantin Udriste
First job: Postdoctoral position
Current position: Professor and Chair, Texas Tech University


Recognition Ceremony Honors Employees’ Service

Congratulations to our faculty and staff who will be recognized at the 2017 Employee Recognition Ceremony for their years of service to KU.

Joseph Huber 10 years
Zsolt Talata 10 years
George Kangas 15 years
Milena Stanislavova 15 years
Atanas Stefanov 15 years
Erik Van Vleck 15 years
Yaozhoung Hu 20 years
Kerrie Brecheisen 30 years
Jeff Lang 30 years