B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Industrial and Applied Mathematics
University of Technology Eindhoven, The Netherlands
The TU/e for short is a university which only focuses on the engineering sciences. I studied at the Mathematics and Computer Science department. The main subject of my study was how to apply mathematics to computer science and the engineering sciences. In particular, I focussed on statistics and probability. During my education I focused on applying statistics to turn data into actionable information.
One of the main focuses of my study were communication skills, e.g. presentation and report writing skills. These skills were honed by doing projects for a wide variety of industries: IT (project and work experience), health care, telecommunications and the travel industry. During these projects I would work together with people with various backgrounds from engineers, computer scientists to business management.
Besides the mathematics courses such as stochastic processes, stochastic calculus, stochastic differential equations, I was also taught object-oriented programming, Java, Mathematica, statistics, SAS, software engineering and presentation skills.
Ph.D. in Mathematics
University of British Columbia, Canada
I continued my education by enrolling in the Ph.D. program at the UBC. My topic of study was probability and physics. In particular I studied how to prove a system of interacting particle systems undergoes a phase transition (such as a liquid-vapour phase transition). The technical description can be found here.
To further refine my applied mathematics and programming skills I iniated contact with RESAAS Services Inc. Here I worked for a few months as a volunteer, a more detailed description can be found at “RESAAS”.
During my time at the UBC I gained valuable experience working as a teaching assistant. I taught a first-year calculus course to 70+ students. I also facilitated workshops focussing on problem solving techniques. After one year I got promoted to a leading role where I taught and evaluated fellow teaching assistants in the art of facilitating.