Math Student Speakers

MCS Features Undergraduate Student Speakers

Speaker: Teodora Suciu, NSU Mathematics Major & Priscila Reyes, NSU Mathematics Major
Date: Tuesday, November 28
Time:11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Venue: Mailman-Hollywood Building | Second Floor Auditorium

Mathematical Optimization and Applications
This talk centers on mathematical optimization in the context of Calculus of Variations. Optimization involves choosing the best element from a set of choices, usually through mathematical approaches. Solving these kinds of problems is considered an essential tool in many areas of science and engineering. Additionally, this talk will explore various mathematics and business applications, including a real-life example with a detailed algorithm closely related to the Traveling Salesman problem.

About the Speaker
Teodora Suciu is a senior mathematics major, pursuing minors in business administration and information security. In the past four years, she has participated in several programs at NSU, including the Undergraduate Honors Program, Alpha Chi academic honor society, Nomatics, Association of Computing Machinery, and Economics and Finance Association. Suciu is currently working as a finance intern at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Her areas of interest include mathematical applications within the areas of finance, analytics, and actuarial science.


Mathematical Relativity and the Nature of the Universe
This talk will explore certain space-times, which can be used to model celestial objects and events in the universe. These are solutions to Einstein’s field equations, which roughly describe the relation between matter, energy, and the geometry of the universe. The concept of time in relation to an observer will be demonstrated. This talk will also discuss interesting phenomena that arise out of the unusual mathematical structure of space-times, such as Lorentz contraction, reverse Cauchy-Schwarz, and the twin paradox.

About the Speaker
Priscila Reyes is a senior mathematics major. She is currently working as a mathematics tutor at NSU’s Tutoring and Testing Center while conducting an independent study course with Vehbi Paksoy, Ph.D., associate professor in the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography.


About the Series
Hosted by NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography Department of Mathematics, the Mathematics Colloquium Series aims to increase awareness of the importance of mathematics and applications in daily life. The series also gives mathematics faculty members and students the opportunity to discuss independent research and share their passion for the subject. For more information, contact Jeffrey W. Lyons, Ph.D., associate professor, at (954) 262-7931.