Graduation Day 2016

Congratulations to all of the graduates who particpated in yesterday’s ceremonies here at Carolina. From our research group, Charlie Ramsey and Jessica Davis both graduated with their B.S. degrees yesterday, while Hsuan-Wei “Wayne” Lee was recognized as he nears the completion date of his Ph.D. (with final defense expected this Summer).

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Charlie and Jessica, it’s been a pleasure to have you in the group over this past year. Best wishes to both of you in your future endeavors.

And Wayne, it’s been a pleasure too; but we’ll save the final congratulations until you finish! (smile)

Saray Shai presents at DNAC

IMG_2604 Postdoctoral associate Saray Shai presented in today’s seminar in the Duke Network Analysis Center (DNAC), continuing our group’s long-standing association with the DNAC. Saray’s presentation on Attacks of modular networks described her recent work towards understanding the relationship between modular structures in multilayer networks and their vulnerability to failure.

Open postdoctoral position

We currently have a position open for a postdoctoral associate focused on structures and dynamics in networks.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work interdisciplinarily with a wide range of networks activities at UNC and Duke, and with other national and international collaborators of Mucha’s networks research group. If desired, applicants with the requisite teaching experience will be considered for a teaching assignment in Mathematics. The position is renewable based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Previous research experience in the study of networks is required. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated expertise in clustering, community detection, modeling infections, information spread, and/or networked dynamical systems.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Applicants should submit their application through https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/68105, including: (i) a current vita including all publications and submitted articles, (ii) a current research statement, and (iii) three reference letters that address research qualifications for the position.

The current round of applications closes on Wednesday, March 4th.

Nishant Malik presents at DNAC

2014-10-20 12.44.04Postdoctoral associate Nishant Malik gave a wonderful presentation in today’s seminar at the Duke Network Analysis Center on Social environment and social clustering in spread of opinions in co-evolving networks, nicely summarizing one of his paper’s published last year along with new work that is currently in preparation in collaboration with former graduate student Bill Shi and current student Wayne Lee.

 

 

 

Dr. Saray Shai joins group

saray.jpgEarlier this summer, Dr. Saray Shai joined our research group. A recent graduate of the School of Computer Science at University of St. Andrews, Saray’s thesis was on “Coupled complex networks: structure, adaptation, and processes.” Before St. Andrews, Saray graduated with honors from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) with a B.Sc. in Mathematics and B.Sc. in Computer Science.

Saray brings her expertise to Carolina to work with Mucha’s group on projects funded by the James S. McDonnell Foundation, particularly in the area of multilayer networks. In future years, Saray may also teach a course in the Department of Mathematics.

Congratulations Dr. Simi Wang

IMG 7513 Congratulations to Dr. Simi Wang for successfully defending her Ph.D. on “Modeling Networks in Nanorod Composites and Power Grids” last month. In her work, she worked collaboratively with her fellow student Feng “Bill” Shi to model linear electrical responses in nano rod composites, and she took that work in a new direction by studying the dielectric response and nonlinear breakdown for systems at rod volume fractions below the percolation transition. Her work also includes applications of network methods for studying the sensitivity of power grids, in joint work with collaborators at PNNL.

Simi leaves Carolina for Seattle to start an exciting job at Amazon, where she interned last summer.

Simi and Bill walked together at today’s doctoral hooding ceremony (Bill finished his degree last summer too late to walk in last year’s ceremony). The two of them have been so central to our research group for so long that it won’t feel the same without them. I am very proud of both of them and look forward to hearing about their future activities and accomplishments.

Open postdoctoral positions

[Updated February 10th, 2014: All positions for 2014-15 are now filled. We expect to make a similar call in late Fall for new postdoctoral positions starting Summer 2015.]

Multiple postdoctoral positions are currently open in our research group, focusing on structures and dynamics in networks. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of interdisciplinary networks interests locally at UNC and Duke and with national and international collaborators of our group. If desired, applicants with the requisite teaching experience will be considered for a teaching assignment in Mathematics. A Ph.D. or equivalent in Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics or closely related field is required. The initial appointment is for 12 months, renewable based on satisfactory performance.

Previous research experience in the study of networks is required. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated expertise in clustering, community detection, modeling infection/information spread, or networked dynamical systems, for example as encountered in analyzing and modeling diverse data sets describing temporal networks and/or network samples as encountered in social relationships, medical diagnostic information, material interactions, or chemical reactions.

Applications must be submitted online at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/36108.

Dr. Dane Taylor joins group

The start of the new academic year coincides with the opening workshop of the program year on Computational Methods in Social Sciences (CMSS) at the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI). As part of that program, we welcome Dr. Dane Taylor to our research group. A recent graduate of the Department of Applied Mathematics at CU-Boulder, Dane has come to Carolina to work with the CMSS program at SAMSI this year and will continue on for a second year at UNC working on projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and the James S. McDonnell Foundation. During Fall 2013, Dane is also the Graduate Research Consultant for Mucha’s Math 89 First Year Seminar on the topic of networks.

Congratulations to Dr. Feng Shi

Grad_ShiCongratulations to Feng “Bill” Shi for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation, titled “Modeling Networks and Dynamics in Complex Systems.” In his work, Bill investigated a pair of interesting and challenging problems: large-scale resistor networks for modeling electrical responses in nanorod composites, and models of opinion formation in co-evolving voter model networks.

Bill is pictured here (right) walking the “faculty gauntlet” at our department’s graduation recognition ceremony.

Bill leaves us to start a postdoctoral associate position working with James Evans at the University of Chicago (see “Computational center will study the past and future of knowledge“).

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