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Welcome!

I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Mathematics at Rutgers University, studying combinatorics. I am also a strategy board game enthusiast, a culinary adventurer, and tall. I come from the greatest place on earth, New York City—specifically the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

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How did I get here?

M.Sc. Applicable Mathematics, London School of Economics, 2010. My masters dissertation under Graham Brightwell, called “Maximal Antichains in Boolean Lattices,” won the Haya Freedman Prize for best dissertation from a student in the program.

A.B. Mathematics, Dartmouth College, 2009. Of particular importance was a reading course in game theory with Peter Winkler. Later I won Dartmouth’s $20,000 James B. Reynolds Scholarship for Foreign Study to fund my time at LSE.

Stuyvesant High School, 2006 (which I mention only out of pride for the first ever high school to have a featured article on wikipedia).

Research

I am interested in combinatorics, specifically extremal combinatorics, and even more specifically probabilistic methods in extremal combinatorics. My adviser is Jeff Kahn.

Secondary interests are recursion theory, set theory/infinitary combinatorics, and game theory.

I am also involved in some research on applications of combinatorics to homeland security with Rutgers’s CCICADA center, which does that kind of thing.

On January 31, 2013 I passed my oral qualifying exam (syllabus here) to advance to candidacy for the Ph.D. Here is a rather detailed account of the exam.

Here is an amazing proof of Ramsey's theorem that I presented in a talk at the Rutgers Graduate Combinatorics Seminar in October 2013.

Here are the slides for a talk I gave on game theory at the Rutgers Math Department’s Graduate Student Pizza Seminar in January 2012, which tied for the Pizza Seminar Award recognizing the best talk each semester.

Teaching

Fall 2013

I am not teaching this semester, as I am supported by a US Department of Homeland Security Career Development Fellowship, funded through Rutgers’s CCICADA center.

Past teaching

Fall 12: Math 152, Calculus II for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Summer 12: Math 251, Multivariate Calculus

Spring 12: Math 112, Precalculus II (see also my course website)

Fall 11: Math 151, Calculus I for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Spring 11 [grading]: Math 421, Advanced Calculus for Engineering

Fall 10 [grading]: Math 421 and Math 428, Graph Theory

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