Leader of the Ryan Research Group

The purpose is to build interdisciplinary teams of researchers and students to solve challening real world problems in Physics, Biology, and Material Science

Brief One Page Early Career Snapshot (2020)

co-Director of the CSU Center for Applied Data Analysis and Modeling (ADAM)

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Upcoming Travel/Talks:

Sabbatical from CSU, Spring 2024 Semester

March 2023 Applied Math Seminar, Dept. of Mathematics, Univ. of Wyoming

Conferences Organized:

Workshop on Mathematical issues of complex systems in biology and medicine
Marseille, France, Feb. 24-28, 2020

2017 NE Ohio Applied Math Forum
Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Core Philosophy

My goals consist of three core principles: connect, teach, and build.

Connect: By forming a network of collaborators. I see three areas for growth in research opportunities:

  • 1. Intradepartmental – seek collaboration with analysts and numerical experts interested in studying biological and physical systems using mathematical models.
  • 2. Intra-university – form a network with other departments in the sciences to begin interdisciplinary research seeking to explain their experimental observations.
  • 3. National – continued longstanding collaborations with my former colleagues at PSU and Argonne National Lab as well as forming new collaborations at other premier universities.

By having three levels of research opportunity I can expose myself as well as students to a wide range of experts who all possess different strengths. This will also lead to an increased number of quality publications within my research group.

Teach: through mentoring students. Besides teaching courses, for which I have maintained consistently high evaluations at the University of Akron, Penn State, and Kent State (twelve sections of eight different courses), I seek to teach through research opportunities. I would like to institute an optional weekly seminar for interested students where a specific advanced topic is covered such as harmonic functions or Arzela-Ascoli theorem and a few short applications of the concept can be shown. This would illustrate the power of higher level mathematics and acquaint students with the necessary concepts to advance in their work. As a student at Penn State, my advisor organized a weekly seminar for students/postdocs to present their current work. I would also like to adopt this idea by having a weekly student seminar where junior faculty and students within the research group (or special guests) can present work either in progress or completed. This will allow students to work on their presentation skills and get valuable feedback from others on their work or possible solutions to current problems.

Build: a research program from the ground up. This will begin with high level research and be sustained through superior organizational and planning skills. I will take my observations of my advisor and others who have built great research programs and begin to form my own group with its unique identity. In order to establish a research group I must first show leadership by producing high quality work in all my collaborative efforts. Then I need to attract motivated students who want to work on interesting projects. Only from continued success on both fronts can one build a successful research program.

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