CONGRATULATIONS to our 2019 graduates in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics. Awards have been presented to our Outstanding Graduates and Faculty. The following graduating candidates have been nominated by department faculty to recognize their outstanding academic performance and achievements. We extend our sincere congratulations to the awardees and to all candidates graduating with their Baccalaureate, Master, and Doctoral degrees. Good luck in your future endeavors ahead. Commencement Ceremonies were held on Saturday, May 18 in Viejas Arena on the campus of SDSU. Click to view the College of Sciences Commencement. 
Baccalaureate Degree Candidates

College of Sciences Outstanding Graduate 
Outstanding Baccalaureate Candidate in Mathematics & Statistics 

Academic Excellence in Mathematics Education 
Academic Excellence in Statistics 
Master Degree Candidates 
Academic Excellence in Mathematics and Academic Excellence in Mathematics 
Academic Excellence in Mathematics Education 
Academic Excellence in Statistics and Academic Excellence in Statistics 
Faculty Award 
Most Influential Faculty in Mathematics & Statistics 
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Congratulations to our 2018 graduates in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics. Awards have been presented to our Outstanding Graduates and nd Faculty. The following graduating candidates have been nominated by department faculty to recognize their outstanding academic performance and achievements. We extend our sincere congratulations to the awardees and to all candidates graduating with their Baccalaureate, Master, and Doctoral degrees. Good luck in your future endeavors ahead. Commencement Ceremonies were held on Saturday, May 12 in Viejas Arena on the campus of SDSU. Click here to view the College of Sciences Commencement.
Academic Excellence in Mathematics
JUSTIN GIOVANNI GALIOTO
B.S. Mathematics, Applied Arts & Sciences, emphasis Applied Mathematics
andKYLE DOUGLAS LEMAIRE
B.S. Mathematics, Applied Arts & Sciences, emphasis Applied Mathematics
Academic Excellence in Mathematics Education
JACOB MICHAEL HAMPSON
B.A. Mathematics, Single Subject Teaching Credential
Academic Excellence in Statistics
NATALIE VICTORIA SISTO
B.S. Statistics, Applied Arts & Sciences, emphasis Actuarial Science
andGUY YIFRAH
B.S. Statistics, Applied Arts & Sciences, emphasis Actuarial Science
Nominee for College of Sciences Outstanding Student
BRENDA LEE MELENDREZ
B.A. Mathematics, Single Subject Teaching Credential
andNATALIE VICTORIA SISTO
B.S. Statistics, Applied Arts & Sciences, emphasis Actuarial Science
Academic Excellence in Mathematics
ANTONIO JOSE SILVETIFALLS
M.S. Applied Mathematics, concentration Dynamical Systems
andGEORGE ZOUHEIR ISTAMBOULI
M.S. Applied Mathematics, concentration Math Theory
Academic Excellence in Mathematics Education
BERTHA ELIZABETH ALVAREZ
M.A. Teaching Service, specialization Math Community College Teaching
Academic Excellence in Statistics
MARC SCHNEBLE
M.S. Statistics
andKEVIN PELAEZ
M.S. Statistics
Academic Excellence in Biostatistics
RORY MICHAEL BLOCH
M.S. Statistics, concentration Biostatistics
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My interests in mathematics have a wide range, including numerics, optimization and graph theory to insurance. I try to acquire insights in many different areas of mathematics to broaden my knowledge. At SDSU, I can attend courses in various areas that enrich my mathematical interests. I am grateful to have received the Presidential Graduate Fellowship and a scholarship from the Talanx Foundation. These resources have made it possible for me to attend SDSU.
MARC SCHNEBLE
For the last five years, I was studying mathematics and management at Ulm University in the south of Germany – with three years in the undergraduate program and two years in the graduate program. I had an early interest in actuarial sciences and probability theory. I acquired a profound knowledge of insurance mathematics/economics and stochastic processes. My master’s thesis covered a stochastic capital market model and applications in life insurance.
I selected SDSU for graduate studies in applied statistics for my desired profession as an actuary. This semester, I am attending statistics courses with the main objective being how to apply the theoretical knowledge learned with the statistics software R.
I received a Fulbright Grant and a Presidential Research Graduate Fellowship from SDSU to support my studies and be able to live in San Diego. I am writing a thesis in the area of climate research. After graduation, I shall return to Germany and pursue a PhD at Ulm University.
MAXIMILLIAN AUTENRIETH
I was always fascinated by detecting logical conclusions under given conditions and assumptions. I did my undergraduate study in mathematics and management at the University of Ulm in Germany. I am close to completing my master’s degree in mathematics and management. Participating in the exchange program allows me to achieve an American and German master’s degree. This affords me the opportunity to gain highly valuable experiences and deep insights into the field of statistics and the practical analysis of data. In the context of data science, the versatile applicability of statistics and stochastic models caught my interest. In particular, the development of machine learning algorithms and the detection of existing patterns and prediction of further patterns allows for intriguing opportunities for me.
I received a Fulbright Grant, the Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship from the SDSU and a scholarship from the Foundation of German Business. After completing my year in San Diego, I plan to earn my master’s degree in mathematics and management. My goal is to pursue a PhD or to work in an international operating company.
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Congratulations to our 2017 graduates in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics. Awards have been presented to our Outstanding Graduates and Faculty. The following graduating candidates have been nominated by department faculty to recognize their outstanding academic performance and achievements. We extend our sincere congratulations to the awardees and to all candidates graduating with their Baccalaureate, Master, and Doctoral degrees. Good luck in your future endeavors ahead. Commencement Ceremonies were held on Friday, May 12 in Viejas Arena on the campus of SDSU. College of Sciences Commencement details here: http://newscenter.sdsu.edu/commencement/
Baccalaureate Degree Candidates 
Outstanding Baccalaureate Candidate in Mathematics & Statistics 
Academic Excellence in Mathematics
NICHOLAS FERRANTE
B.S. Applied Arts & Sciences, emphasis Science
Academic Excellence in Mathematics Education
DUSTIN SNYDER
B.A. Liberal Arts & Sciences, Single Subject Teaching Credential
Academic Excellence in Statistics
KYUTARO MATSUZAWA
B.S. Applied Arts & Sciences, Statistics
Academic Excellence in Mathematics
ANJA SCHMIDT
M.S. Applied Mathematics
Academic Excellence in Mathematics
BRIAN LUBECK
M.A. Mathematics
Academic Excellence in Mathematics Education
CLARA MATEO
M.A. Teaching Service
Academic Excellence in Statistics
LUO (Laura) LI
M.S. Statistics
Academic Excellence in Statistics
STEFAN EHARD
M.S. Statistics
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San Diego State University welcomes 12 Presidential Graduate Research Fellows from around the world to the Aztec family. The competitive, meritbased campus program supports the recruitment of exceptional nonresident applicants to SDSU’s many graduate programs. Two of the awarded Research Fellows are members of the Mathematics & Statistics Department working as Math 252 TA’s. We welcome Stefan and Anja to San Diego and to SDSU.
Stefan Ehard
Hometown: Ulm, Germany
MS, Statistics
My university in Germany, the University of Ulm, is a partner institution of San Diego State University. For many years, some of the best graduate students in my university’s mathematics program have been coming to SDSU as part of an exchange program between the two institutions. This oneyear program allows students to achieve both the American and German master’s degrees, making it highly attractive to me.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in pure mathematics at the University of Ulm in 2015. Thanks to a Fulbright Grant and the Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship, I am able to put my mathematical knowledge in an applied context at SDSU. I am particularly interested in stochastic modelling and statistics as they have many realworld applications, including in climate modelling at the Center for Climate and Sustainability Studies at SDSU. My research in statistics also compliments my focus on Actuarial Sciences and Insurance at the University of Ulm. My goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in Germany and eventually apply my academic work at a company that operates on a global level.
Anja Schmidt
Hometown: Ulm, Germany
MS, Applied Mathematics
I did my undergraduate study in mathematics and almost completed a master’s degree in pure mathematics at the University of Ulm in Germany. Participating in the exchange program of Ulm University, I chose to attend SDSU because the study program Applied Mathematics provides the opportunity to enhance my mathematical expertise by gaining insights into advanced and specialized areas of mathematics.
My interests are mostly in the fields of numerical mathematics, so I focus a lot on programming which is absolutely crucial at the present time. Being fascinated in finding solutions for unsolved problems just by using tools I have learned during my study time, I appreciate to broaden my horizon with regard to solve even harder problems. Therefore, I consider my stay at San Diego State University to become a highly valuable experience which promises to significantly enrich and improve my knowledge in mathematics and to proceed my personal development.
I’m very grateful to receive a Fulbright Grant, the Presidential Graduate Fellowship and a scholarship from Talanx Foundation. With this help, I am getting closer to my subsequent goal of pursuing a PhD in Mathematics.
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The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM and STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply.
This semester, San Diego State University welcomes National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow Matthew Voigt to campus.
Matthew Voigt
Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota, Ph.D. in Math and Science Education
I chose SDSU because it’s a leader in the field of math and science education. I was blown away with the faculty’s hospitality and dedication to student learning.
My greatest educational accomplishment was having my research recognized by the National Science Foundation with a Graduate Research Fellowship. I am also proud of my undergraduate advocacy work for Lesbian. Gay, Bisexual and Transgender assistance and resource, which resulted in additional funding for LGBT safe space programs.
I hope to become a leader in the field of math education, through research and teaching. I would like to combine my experience as a computer programmer and educator to create dynamic new ways of exploring mathematics for both children and adult learners.
See full report: http://newscenter.sdsu.edu/sdsu_newscenter/news_story.aspx?sid=75750
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2:00pm GMCS 418
PseudoSpectral Continuation Methods for the Planar Hamiltonian Kortewegde Vries Equation
Abstract:
The aim of this thesis was to develop a pseudospectral continuation scheme for periodic orbits of planar Hamiltonian dynamical systems. Traditionally, numerical continuation of Hamiltonian periodic orbits is performed by way of shooting methods. While we build our analysis on the more traditional approach, we remove any integration required by the shooting method in favor of solving the Hamiltonian dynamical system directly at every point along the continuation branch.
This thesis considers the Kortewegde Vries (KdV) equation to build the pseudospectral continuation scheme. We first derive the standard KdV equation and build the corresponding Hamiltonian dynamical system. We then consider an unfolding parameter and a phase condition to ensure that we converge to unique solutions. Finally, we show that using the pseudospectral continuation method, we are able to solve for solutions along the continuation branch much faster and with a higher level of accuracy than shooting methods.
Thesis Committee:
Christopher Curtis, Thesis Chair, Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Peter Blomgren, Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Calvin Johnson, Department of Physics
The InclusionExclusion and Mixing Ratio Conjectures From the Ingleton Inequality
Abstract:
The Ingleton Inequality, which is based on a vector space theorem and adapted to entropy functionals by Matus, plays a role in describing the entropy region for four discrete random variables, depending on whether or not it is satisfied. The entropy regions that are defined by entropic vectors for discrete random variables are not known, in general. For , recent work has been accomplished by Mao and Boston in characterizing this space of dimensional entropic vectors. They study how groupcharacterizable entropic vectors sometimes yield violations of the Ingleton Inequality/Ratio, thus expanding the understanding of this region. We discovered a decomposition of the Ingleton Ratio into what we dub the Mixing Ratio and the InclusionExclusion Ratio, which resembles the inclusionexclusion principle from set theory. We propose two conjectures based on the simpler InclusionExclusion and Mixing Ratios, attempting to streamline the search for Ingleton Inequalityviolators. Examples of these violators are reproduced in order to provide support for our conjectures. Characterizing the entropy region associated with discrete random variables is related to determining the maximum communication rate of a network coding system that uses discrete random variables. Characterizing this region for arbitrary remains an open problem.
Thesis Committee:
Michael O’Sullivan, Thesis Chair, Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Carmelo Interlando, Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Jean mark Gawron, Department of Linguistics