Fellows

Paul Zhang
Paul Zhang

Paul is a PhD student in electrical engineering and computer science. His research is focused on developing high-quality meshes that are typically required to solve complicated partial differential equations numerically. He currently uses MATLAB to prototype frame field algorithms and to study their application to hexahedral meshing. More specifically, he uses MATLAB’s symbolic differentiation to derive vector calculus expressions and to create concise yet massively vectorized implementatio ...

Benjamin (Jiahong) Zhang
Benjamin (Jiahong) Zhang

Benjamin is a PhD student in computational science and engineering. His research is focused on establishing a unifying framework for understanding and producing new computational methodology for rare event simulation, data assimilation, and Bayesian inference. He uses MATLAB to prototype new methods for rare event simulation, finding them by leveraging mathematical principles used in proofs and repurposing them for computation. Benjamin earned a BS in engineering physics and BA in applied mat ...

Joy Zeng
Joy Zeng

Joy is a PhD student in chemical engineering. Her research is focused on the electrochemical transformation of carbon dioxide to fuels and/or commodity chemicals. She is focused on cobalt phthalocyanine, a transition metal complex that when immobilized onto carbonaceous supports acts as a catalyst with high selectivity and activity for the electroreduction of carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide. She uses MATLAB to model the interplay between mass transport and reaction network kinetics to all ...

Isabelle Su
Isabelle Su

Isabelle is a PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research uses computational methods to understand and validate the mechanical properties of silk and spider webs that have been observed in biological experiments. She is currently developing an algorithm to accurately quantifies a 3D spider web geometry using the MATLAB Image Processing Toolbox. She has also used MATLAB to sonify 3D spider web data in order to visualize through sight and sound the complex ...

Kate Reidy
Kate Reidy

Kate is a PhD student in materials science and engineering. Her research is focused on understanding the coupling and interfacial phenomena between two-dimensional (2D) layered materials and their 3D bulk material adjuncts for the continued and rapid development of devices that utilize 2D materials. She has used MATLAB to process in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) videos, as well as to analyze 2D material thickness and absorption resonances. This provides her with dynamic ...

Bauyrzhan Primkulov
Bauyrzhan Primkulov

Bauyrzhan is a PhD student in civil and environmental engineering working on interfacial fluid dynamics problems in porous media. Bauyrzhan develops computational models to study how wettability changes fluid displacement patterns in porous media. He also turns computer fans into capillary-tube spin coaters, which he controls with MATLAB’s Arduino Support, and he studies moving-contact-line problems with the help of MATLAB’s image acquisition and processing tools. Bauyrzhan earned a BS in ...

Caroline Nielsen
Caroline Nielsen

Caroline is a PhD student in chemical engineering. She uses MATLAB to implement and test new applications and advances in non-smooth analysis. She also intends to use MATLAB to develop methods to simultaneously minimize resource use and perform process optimization for other objectives, such as minimal operating costs. She earned a BS in engineering from Harvey Mudd College and an SM in chemical engineering from MIT.

Nicolas  Meirhaeghe
Nicolas Meirhaeghe

Nicolas is a PhD student in neuroscience within the Medical Engineering and Medical Physics program at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. His research is focused on cortical dynamics in adaptive sensorimotor behavior. He regularly uses MATLAB to look at slices of neural trajectories along specific dimensions in order to understand what part of brain activity can be related to a behavior of an individual. He visualizes brain activity as it unfolds in time and performs more ...

James Gabbard
James Gabbard

James is a PhD student in mechanical engineering. He is currently developing a suite of software tools to simulate underwater propulsion. In his research, he uses discrete elastic rods (a differential-geometry based discretization) to simulate materials with a time-dependent resting state. James uses MATLAB’s sparse matrix tools to evolve this model with implicit time integration, increasing the maximum allowable time step in dynamic simulations. In the simulation of two-dimensional elastic ...

Alireza  Fallah
Alireza Fallah

Alireza is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His research is focused on developing new robust and accelerated optimization methods for machine learning applications. He uses MATLAB to tune algorithms to achieve the desired trade-off between convergence rate and robustness, making use of CVX to find the best set of parameters. With the Symbolic Math Toolbox, Alireza is also able to propose a specific parameterization by solving a set of matrix ineq ...

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