# Ph.D. Students

### Farshid Abadizaman

Farshid Abadizaman is an Applied Mathematics Ph.D. student at Georgetown. In the Summer of 2022, he obtained a Masterâ€™s in Applied Statistics from New Mexico State University under the direction of Dr. Christopher Sroka, where he conducted research on Bayesian hierarchical algorithms for high-dimensional health data. He also holds a Masterâ€™s in Political Science (with highest distinction) from the University of Tehran, where he worked on Russian Political Economy. His research interests include the following: Probability and Stochastic Processes, Signal Processing, and Partial Differential Equations (PDEs).

### Nicholas Barone

Nicholas Barone graduated from Loyola University Chicago with his M.S. in Mathematics and his B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science. His research interest areas are optimization, dynamic systems, and their intersection with computer science topics (e.g., graph theory, cryptography, and optimization in programs/algorithms/learning models).

### Brian Bontempo

Brian Bontempo holds an M.S. degree in mathematics and statistics from Georgetown University. He also received an A.B. degree in economics, with a minor in mathematics, from Georgetown University. His research interests are focused primarily on optimization, quantitative finance, machine learning, and the intersection of these three fields (e.g., the application of machine learning algorithms to portfolio optimization).

### Yu Shu Chen

Yu Chen graduated from Louisiana State University in Shreveport with her B.S. in Mathematics and Physics along with a minor in English. Her senior year paper was on real analysis and focused on the construction and behavior of real numbers. Her research interests are in numerical analysis, probability theory, quantitative finance, and differential equations.

### Urshila Choubal

Urshila Choubal obtained her B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Emory University in May 2022, along with a minor in Computer Science. Her senior year thesis focused on graph theory to analyze recommendation systems used in social media applications. She is particularly interested in understanding mathematics from an interdisciplinary perspective. Urshila’s research interests include numerical analysis, optimization, graph theory, and differential equations. Besides mathematics, she enjoys dancing, debating, and watching documentaries.

### Zeiad Hassoun

Zeiad is an international student from Canada. He obtained a Bachelors of Mathematics (with highest distinction) from the University of Windsor, followed by a B.S. in Computer Science in 2021. He has served as an instructor in the Data Analytics department at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario for 2 years.

### Xin Li

Xin Li is a graduate of Towson University where she received a B.S. degree in Actuarial Science and Risk Management. She also holds a M.S. degree in Statistics from Georgetown University. Her previous and current research has included projects in Sampling, Modeling, and Data Mining.

### Kale Menchhofer

Kale Menchhofer attained a Master of Science in Mathematics in 2022 and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 2021 from Purdue University Fort Wayne. As an undergraduate, Kale worked on several epidemiological modeling research projects, most notably, having dealt with models that simulated COVID-19 transmission amongst age groups. Kale’s research interests include partial differential equations, complex variables, and optimization.