## Math Open House Event

### March 8, 2024

## 9:30-10:30am - Welcome Reception

Learn about the Math Department programs, resources, and people through displays, tours, and demonstrations on the 3rd floor of Live Oak Hall.

## 10:30-11:00am - Unleash the Power of Data Science

- Dr. Francois Domagni, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
- Dr. Adam Kaplan, Department Chair & Professor of Computer Science
- Dr. Adriano Zambom, Associate Professor of Mathematics

This presentation will demystify the concept of data science, explore its transformative power and vast career opportunities. Discover how our Data Science Minor empowers you to gain a competitive edge by unlocking insights from data. We will cover the minor's curriculum, highlighting key courses, and faculty expertise.

## 11:00-11:30am - Problem Solving: MATH 396G & Beyond

- Dr. Silvia Fernandez, Professor of Mathematics
- Dr. Daniel Katz, Professor of Mathematics
- Student panelists: Christine Brackney, Daniella Sanchez, Christian Villalobos, and Michael Ward

This session will review the vision of the experimental course, MATH 396G, and discuss ways an increased background in problem solving techniques can enhance a student's academic experience.

## 11:30-12:10pm - Student & Faculty Research Presentation

*Algebra, Geometry, and Machines*

- Dr. Jason Lo, Associate Professor of Mathematics
- Nima Jafari, Computer Science major

Sometimes, we have the tendency to think of mathematics as a collection of distinct and unrelated branches. In this presentation, we make the case that ideas from pure mathematics may inspire new ways to design how machines understand the world.

## 12:15-1:15pm - Discover CSUN Math: Information Sessions

- Graduate Programs: Dr. Terry Fuller, Graduate Program Coordinator
- Undergraduate Programs: Natalie Howe, Mathematics Advisor & Andrea Nemeth, Director of Tutoring and Pre-GE Math Services

## 1:30-2:55pm - Faculty Research Presentations

### Dr. Ali Pakzad, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

*Mathematics of Turbulent Flows: A Million Dollar Problem!*

Turbulence is everywhere - a phenomenon in which the orderly flow of a fluid (liquid or gas) breaks down into seemingly unpredictable swirls, observed when a river encounters a rock, milk mixes with coffee, or blood courses through arteries. The Navier-Stokes equations serve as the fundamental mathematical model for fluid flow and encompass turbulent dynamics among their solutions. In this talk, we will examine the challenges in studying the Navier-Stokes equations from both analytical and numerical perspectives. Time permitting, we will also explore recent advancements in assimilating climate observational data with the Navier-Stokes equations to improve the model's accuracy.

### Dr. Maria D'Orsogna, Professor of Mathematics

*Forecasting Overdose Mortality in the United States*

Fatal drug overdoses in teh United States have reached unprecedented levels, with almost 110,000 fatalities in the year 2022 alone. The epidemic has evolved over time impacting various age, gender, race, and ethnic groups in different ways. In this talk we analyze CDC-WONDER data pretaining to the so-called "third wave" of fatal overdoses, which began in 2013 with the introduction of synthetic opioids to the US market, and study patterns of mortality due to heroin, fentanyl, prescription painkillers and meth overdoses in various demographic and geographic groups. We also present an age-structured model of addiction and overdose deaths and couple it with CDC-WONDER observations through a Kalman Filter to offer forecast of future overdose patterns both nationwide and in three selected areas: Los Angeles County, Cook County, and the five boroughs of New York City.

Understanding and forecasting drug overdose patterns for given geographic or demographic groups can help the design of prevention and treatment measures to better serve the most at-risk communities.

## 3:00-3:45pm - Alumni Panel

Moderated by Dr. Alexander Alekseenko, Professor of Mathematics

- Jesus Banuelos - Associate Software Engineer, Northrop Grumman.
*BA, Mathematics & BS, Computer Science Double Major (Class of Spring 2022)* - Nicholas Gardner - Magnet Mathematics Teacher, Chatsworth Charter High School.
*BA, Mathematics, Junior Year Integrated & Credential Program (Class of Spring 2022)* - Ha Nguyen - Associate Professor of Mathematics, Los Angeles City College.
*MS, Mathematics (Class of 2014)* - Daniel Rud - PhD Candidate in Biostatistics, USC Keck School of Medicine.
*BS, Mathematics - Statistics & Computer Science Minor (Class of Spring 2020)*