Regional Academic in Applied Mathematics
The School of Mathematics and Statistics, The Open University
I am a lecturer in the Applied Mathematics group at the Open University. As a regional academic, I manage associate lecturers in addition to my teaching and research. My primary research interests are in optimisation of optical systems.
Before joining the OU, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Vibration Research (ISVR), and a PhD student in Astrophysics, at the University of Southampton. In both cases I was applying maths to real problems: modelling structural vibrations at the ISVR, and in Astrophysics I was modelling the interactions between photons and electrons in the vicinity of black holes.
This followed on from my MMath (Hons) at the University of Bath.
Most of my teaching is on final year applied maths modules. I am module team chair of M373 Optimization, and contribute to MS327 Deterministic and Stochastic Dynamics. I am also contributing to a new module on mathematical and scientific computing, which is aimed at mathematics students as well as students on other degrees, such as Data Science.