The School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW is a lively place with a diverse group of staff and students. Want to know more about them?
Here, we spotlight the staff and students of the School. What drew them towards mathematics and statistics? What attracted them to UNSW? Do they fit the stereotype of a mathematician or maths student?
Here, they reveal their adventures in mathematics and statistics…
Chris Goodrich is a Scientia Fellow in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. In this fascinating interview, he reveals what first drew him towards maths, some of the applications of his research, his hope that his forthcoming book will shake up calculus teaching.
Growing up in a tiny village in Ireland, Shane Keating's interest in maths was first sparked by games such as chess and cards. That initial spark has led to a career spanning three continents, fascinating research in mathematical oceanography, and a position as a lecturer in maths at UNSW.
Advanced Mathematics student Daniel Altman is one to watch! He's started to amass quite a collection of prizes for his outstanding academic performance. In his interview, Daniel reveals what he likes about maths, the challenges of studying it, his interests away from uni, and more.
If you could wake up tomorrow and be any mathematician from any point in history, who would you want to be? This is just one of the questions that Honours (Pure Maths) student Peter Ayre was subjected to in his interview. We get the scoop on his highlights – and challenges – of doing Honours, his plans for after uni, and why maths continues to engage and motivate him.
Honours (Adv Maths) student Michela Castagnone got her first taste of uni life as a high school student at our Girls Do the Maths workshop. She reveals what fascinates her about maths, the highlights of her studies at UNSW, and what she believes will help increase female participation in maths.
Merry Chu is in her fourth year of a Commerce/Science double degree and is this year’s President of UNSW Mathematics Society!
Merry reveals what’s on the cards for MathSoc in 2022 and divulges some of her plans as President.
She also opens up about her favourite study spot, how she landed on her particular degree, what’s on the horizon post graduation, and more...
Abi Srikumar is a PhD student who recently finished up her Honours year with us. In her interview she compares her research experiences, reveals a relative's influence on her mathematical journey, discusses her strategies for online study, and shares highlights of her time at uni... and more!
Alex Zhu (Honours student), has just completed an Honours year in Statistics, as part of his degree in Actuarial Studies and Advanced Mathematics.
He speaks to us about his intriguing Honours research project, the collaborative team work of the past year, what first ignited his love for maths and science, his involvement with MathSoc, some future plans for his research and himself - and more!
Read on to learn more about Alex...
Clara Grazian is a former member of staff. She worked in the School of Mathematics and Statistics from 2019-2022.
She reveals how she fell in love with statistics, what excites her about teaching, the things she misses about her hometown in Italy, and why she thinks UNSW is unique.
Thanom Shaw was our 2014 Visiting Teaching Fellow. The SCEGGS high school teacher says that spending that year immersed in studying and teaching university level maths at UNSW was a "dream come true" and a "professional development opportunity not so easy to come by".
Joanna Wang is a former member of the School. Her interest in statistics evolved during her first year of uni, and she agrees with Google’s Chief Economist that stats is “sexy” because data is “EVERYWHERE”.
She's been collaborating on research into helmet safety, and says the mix of teaching and research is “exactly what I wanted”.