Lucia Simonelli University of Texas at Austin

Lucia D. Simonelli (Ph.D. ’16, applied mathematics and statistics, and scientific computation) was awarded the 2019-20 American Mathematical Society Congressional Fellowship and is working in the office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. Prior to being a Congressional Fellow, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the mathematics section at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. 

Simonelli's work has been predominantly in dynamical systems, specifically working to prove properties of parabolic flows using functional analytic techniques. She also recently co-organized the first Latin American School in Applied Mathematics held in Quito, Ecuador. The mission of the school is to foster the growth of advanced, rigorous studies and research in physical and mathematical sciences in Latin America. Specifically, the goal of the school is to highlight the applications of mathematics in other disciplines and in industry to demonstrate the usefulness of mathematics as a tool in career choice.

Steven Reich on Jeopardy

Caption: Host Alex Trebek stands with UMD mathematics doctoral student Steven Reich on the set of "Jeopardy!" Reich appeared on the October 9, 2019, episode of the show. (Photo by Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)

Most Thursday nights, you can find Steven Reich and his friends from the University of Maryland’s math doctoral program out at Hyattsville’s Pizzeria Paradiso for the joint’s weekly trivia competition.

They’re good, too — most of the time, their team comes in first place, Liam Fowl said. That’s to be expected of a bunch of math nerds, he added. A few of them competed in quiz bowls in high school, and Reich played his fair share of Trivial Pursuit.

He also watched a lot of Jeopardy! growing up.

When 7:30 p.m. rolled around on October 9, 2019, Reich’s friends gathered around the television in Fowl’s apartment and tuned in to ABC. There, standing right next to Alex Trebek, was Reich.

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Fall enrollment open for data science and machine learning professional master’s and graduate certificate programs


The University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) has launched the Science Academy to provide graduate education programs for working professionals who want to advance their knowledge and skills in key areas like data science and machine learning.

“Working professionals in nearly every field need data-related skills to stay current and advance in their careers,” said CMNS Dean Amitabh Varshney. “Science Academy programs cater to a workforce that recognizes the need for the knowledge and expertise that are required to compete in the 21st-century global economy.”