PhD Students

Math PhD Students
Location: Unity Hall
Office Location: 4th Floor, Room 457 (Temporarily Moved Due to Stratton Hall Renovation)
Phone: 508-831-5241
Fax: 508-831-5824
Derek Drumm

I enjoy all of mathematics, but I have a particular interest in Design Theory, Graph Theory, and General Topology. For my masters thesis, I developed a method of construction for the National Football League (NFL) game schedule, and I have independently studied connected and disconnected topological spaces.

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Jiamin Jian

This is Jiamin Jian, a Ph.D. student in Mathematical sciences. I got my Master's degree from the City University of Hong Kong in 2019 and my Bachelor's degree from Nankai University in 2018. At WPI, my advisor is Prof. Qingshuo Song. I am interested in Stochastic Control theory and Mean Field Games.

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Peiyao Lai

I am a first year Ph.D. student in Mathematical Sciences. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Master's degree in Probability and Mathematical Statistics from Jilin University, China. My research focus is in the field of Stochastic Control. At WPI, I am working with Professor Gu Wang on Financial Mathematics.My other interests include dancing and running.

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Abigail Lindner

I am an aspiring applied mathematician exploring mathematical biology problems related to bacteria and filtration with Dr. Francesca Bernardi. Before joining WPI in 2022, I attended Regent University, a liberal arts college in Virginia Beach, VA, where I graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Mathematics.Originally from China and raised in Southern California, I now call Massachusetts home. Outside of mathematics, I enjoy practicing yoga, reading a variety of fiction (any genre but horror!), trying new vegan recipes, and drinking oatmilk lattes in little cafes.

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Yang Liu

I am a first year PhD student and my potential research interest is spatial-temporal statistics. I was born in China and I received my Master's in Mathematics from the University of Montana in May, 2015. Prior to joining WPI, I worked at MIT as a research technician. Out of work, I enjoy hiking with my dogs. AWARDS: Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching Award Diversity Student Achievement Award Graduate Student Travel Awards ($400, $750, $250)

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Ashley Lockwood

I am currently a fourth year Statistics PhD Candidate at WPI and working as a Research Assistant for the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA NASS). My research involves Bayesian methods for combining data from multiple sources, how to handle non-probability data ("big data"), and small area estimation. I received my MS in Applied Statistics from WPI in 2020. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Assumption University in May 2018 where I double majored in Mathematics and Economics and minored in Computer Science. During my time at Assumption, I ...

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Evan Sayer

Evan is from Chelmsford, Massachusetts and graduated from Brandeis University in 2020. Before and after graduation, he did computational research on the self-assembly of bacterial microcompartments and viral capsids. He then worked in the pharmaceutical industry before deciding to continue his education at WPI, where he is now a PhD candidate. He has a passion for math and music.

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Zihang Xu

I am Zihang Xu, the second year PhD student in statistics. My research interest will be Bayesian Statistics. I graduated from Jilin University in China and got my master in George Washington University. My major was statistics. 

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Pooya Yousefi

My research focuses on mathematics of fracture in materials. This includes studying well-posedness of sharp interface models of fracture and consistency of phase-field models through Gamma-convergence. Currently, my advisor, Chris Larsen, and I are studying existence of solution and balance of energy for quasi-static fracture with boundary loads.

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