What is your current job title and responsibilities?
Department of Mathematics
College of Sciences
My responsibilities include teaching, research and service.
What is your history at UCF and before UCF?
Before joining UCF in August 2005, I spent one year at The Ohio State University as a Zassenhaus Assistant Professor. My responsibilities were there teaching and research.
What is your academic background?
I received my Ph.D. in 2004 from Georgia Institute of Technology in Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization. My interests are mainly in structural graph theory, well-quasi-ordering, extremal graph theory, graph colorings, and degree sequences of graphs.
What is your favorite UCF memory?
Teaching MAD4203 (Introduction to Combinatorics) in fall 2010 and MAD4301 (Introduction to Graph Theory) in the spring 2011
If you could have lunch with anyone at UCF (who you do not normally eat lunch with), who would you choose and why?
Female role models at UCF.
Name and describe a teacher or researcher from your past who truly inspired you and why.
My advisor Professor Robin Thomas at Georgia Institute of Technology: he is a great mathematician; delivers perfect lectures; and truly cares about his students.
What undergraduate or graduate class/program/experience inspired you the most and why?
The ACO (Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization) program at Georgia Institute of Technology: great opportunities to learn from many well-known researchers working in Mathematics, Industrial Engineering, and Computer Science.
What is your favorite restaurant or food?
What is your favorite movie, book or music?
Movies: Finding Nemo; The Sound of Music.
Music: Tim Janis’s “Ever I love you”; Kevin Kern’s “Through the veil”.