# Where are they now?

Approximately six students earn their PhD degrees each year from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UMBC, although that number fluctuates widely—there were 12 PhDs in 2014. The first PhD was granted in 1977 when UMBC was barely 10 years old. This page spotlights a handful of the more recent graduates.

**Ana Maria Soane** received her PhD degree in 2008 with a dissertation titled *Variational Problems in Weighted Sobolev Spaces with Applications to Computational Fluid Dynamics* supervised by her doctoral advisor Dr. Rouben Rostamian. Subsequently, she held postdoctoral researcher positions at Politecnico di Milano, and later at UMBC under the mentorship of Dr. Andrei Draganescu, followed by a faculty position at Towson University. As of Fall 2014 she has been an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematics, **US Naval Academy**, in Annapolis

**Cosmin Petra** received his PhD degree in 2009 with a dissertation titled *Homogenization of Monotone Mixed Linear Complementarity Problems and Applications* supervised by his doctoral advisor Dr. Florian Potra. Upon graduation he obtained a postdoctoral researcher position at **Argonne National Laboratory**. Currently he is an Assistant Computational Mathematician at Argonne.

*Website*: http://www.mcs.anl.gov/~petra/

**Noemi Petra** received her PhD degree in 2010 with a dissertation titled *Mathematical Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation of Trace Gas Sensors* supervised by doctoral advisors Dr. Susan Minkoff and Dr. John Zweck. Subsequently she took the position of a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas at Austin. As of Fall 2014 she has been an Assistant Professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics at the newly formed **University of California, Merced**.

*Websitte*: http://faculty.ucmerced.edu/npetra/

**Alen Alexanderian** received his PhD degree in 2010 with a dissertation titled *Random Composite Media: Homogenization, Modeling, Simulation, and Material Symmetry*, supervised by doctoral advisors Dr. Muruhan Rathinam and Dr. Rouben Rostamian. Subsequently he held postdoctoral researcher positions at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and the University of Texas at Austin. In Fall 2015 he joined the Department of Mathematics, **North Carolina State University**, Raleigh, as an Assistant Professor.

*Website*: http://www4.ncsu.edu/~aalexan3/