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SAMPLe Seminar

The UC Merced chapter of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is dedicated to enhancing the applied mathematics mission of the university and providing developmental opportunities to its students. Towards that end, we currently run the student-led SAMPLe (Some Applied Math for People to Learn) seminar and organize social events whenever possible.

2021 Fall Semester

Time: Fridays, 2pm - 3pm (otherwise announced)
Room: ACS 362B
Contact: Jacqueline Alvarez <>

  • Friday, September 3
    Welcome and Introduction
  • Friday, September 10
    Speaker: Tucker
    Title: Inversion with Uncertain Models
  • Friday, September 17
    How To: Apply for Academic Positions
  • Wednesday, September 22 (online)
    CRLC Seminar
    Speaker: Dr. Scott Mitchell (Sandia National Laboratories)
    Title: Computing Geometry as a Mathematician in an Engineering Laboratory
  • Friday, October 1
    Speaker: Tanya
    Title: 3D Lagrangian Hydynamics for Shock Driven Flows
  • Friday, October 8
    Speaker: Adam
    Title: Predicting the outcome of professional League of Legends matches
  • Friday, October 15
    How To: Apply to REUs
  • Friday, October 22
    Derivative Bee [flyer]

2021 Spring Semester

Via Zoom
Time: Fridays at 2:30pm (otherwise announced)
Contact: Tucker Hartland <>

  • Friday, February 5
    Speaker: Anuj Bajaj (Wayne State University graduate student)
    Title: Solving a continuous multifacility problem by DC algorithms
  • Friday, February 12
    Speaker: Fabian Santiago
    Title: Global Sensitivity Analysis of a Mathematical Model of COVID-19 Transmission Dynamics in a University Setting
  • Friday, February 26
    Speaker: Francois Blanchette
    Title: How to prepare a scientific paper for publication [slides]
  • Friday, March 5, 2:30-3:30pm
    Speaker: Jared Stewart
    Title: Intro to Applied Math Challenge Event [flyer] [sign-up page]
  • Friday, March 12, 2:00-3:00pm
    Special Event: Integration Bee [flyer]
    Hosts: Jacky Alvarez and Tanya Tafolla
  • Friday, March 19
    Speaker: Bjorn Larsen (California State University, Chico)
    Talk: Dynamical Chaos in Stellar Evolution Models
  • Friday, April 2
    Special Event: Applied Math Challenge Presentations
    Host: Jared Stewart
  • Friday, April 9
    Speaker: Nguyen-Truc-Dao Nguyen (Wayne State University)
    Talk: Optimization of Controlled Constrained Sweeping Processes
  • Friday, April 23, 10:00-11:00am
    Special Event: SIAM Visiting Lecture Program [flyer]
    Speaker: Dr. Genetha Gray (Lead People Research Scientist at Salesforce)
    Talk: Using math skills to build a career in data science
  • Friday, April 30, 2:00-3:00pm
    Special Event: UC Merced Graduate Student Alumni Panel [flyer]
    Host: Radoslav Vuchkov
    Zoom link:
  • Wednesday, May 5, 1:30-3:00pm
    Special Event: Computational Research Leadership Council Seminar Series [flyer]
    Speaker: Dr. Kathryn Maupin (Senior Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratory)
    Talk: Calibration and propagation of model form error across experimental settings
  • Friday, May 7
    Speaker: Matea Santiago

2020 Fall Semester

Via Zoom (email for link). Time: Friday at 2:30pm (otherwise announced)

  • Friday, September 18
    Speaker: Tucker Hartland
    Title: Kick off meeting / short research talk
  • Friday, September 25
    Speaker: Tanya Tafolla
    Title: Data Oriented Design on CPUs & GPUs
  • Friday, October 9 (2pm-3pm)
    Derivative Bee
  • Friday, October 16
    Speaker: Isaac Quintanilla (UC Riverside graduate student)
    Title: Time-Varying Coefficient Models for Longitudinal Data
  • Friday, October 23
    SIAM Student Chapter Event: REU Discussion [flyer] [presentation slides]
  • Friday, October 30
    Speakers: Darcy Brunk and Juan Valencia (Stanislaus Undergraduate Students)
    Title: A Hypergraph-based Image Segmentation Algorithm
  • Friday, November 6 (2pm-3pm)
    SIAM Student Chapter Event: Industry Careers and the Graduate School Experience [flyer]
  • Friday, November 13
    Speaker: Radoslav Vuchkov
    Title: Quasi-Newton methods governed by multiple secant equations for large-scale inverse problems
  • Friday, November 20
    Speaker: Eunji Yoo
    Title: Choices to make a 3D simulation run
  • Friday, December 4
    Speaker: Valentin Dallerit
    Title: High-Order Numerical Solutions to the Nonlinear Shallow-Water Equations on the Rotated Cubed-Sphere Grid

2020 Spring Semester

Room: ACS 362B, Time: Friday at 1:30pm (otherwise announced)

  • Friday, Janunary 31
    Speaker: Omar DeGuchy
    Title: Deep Image Prior
  • Friday, February 7
    Speaker: Jacky Alvarez
    Title: Image Classification in Synthetic Aperture Radar using Reconstruction From Learned Inverse Scattering
  • Friday, February 14
    Speaker: Phoebe Coy
    Title: TBA
  • Friday, February 21
    (Special Event) Graduate visitation weekend
  • Friday, February 28
    Speaker: Maia Powell
    Title: Who’s That Pokémon?
  • Friday, March 6
    Speaker: Lori Lewis
    Title: TBA
  • Friday, March 13 (1:30 - 3:30pm, SE2-102)
    (Special Event) Integration Bee [flyer] ***canceled/postponed due to due to COVID-19 concerns***
  • Friday, March 20
    Speaker: Majerle Reeves
    Title: TBA
  • Friday, April 3
    Speaker: Radoslav Vuchkov
    Title: TBA
  • Friday, April 10
    Speaker: Ashley De Luna
    Title: TBA
  • Friday, April 17
    (Special Event) SIAM Student Chapter Conference
  • Friday, April 24
    Speaker: Tucker Hartland
    Title: TBA
  • Friday, May 1
    Speaker: TBA
    Title: TBA

2019 Fall Semester

Room: ACS 362B, Time: refreshments at 12:30pm and talk at 1:00pm (otherwise announced)

  • Friday, August 30
    (Special Event) lunch with alumnus Paul Tranquilli (Lawrence Livermore National Lab)
  • Friday, September 6
    Speaker: Omar DeGuchy
    Title: Introduction to UC Merced SIAM Chapter
  • Friday, September 13
    Speaker: Alex Ho
    Title: Image Disambiguation with Deep Neural Network
  • Thursday, September 26
    (Special Event) Undergrad Panel [flyer]
    12:00pm - 1:00pm, Granite Pass 103
    Title: Panel Discussion on Applying to Graduate School
  • Friday, October 4
    Speaker: Lori Lewis
    Title: Using Live Script in MATLAB
  • Friday, October 11
    Speaker: Eunji Yoo
    Title: Flow around settling cube with boundary integral method
  • Friday, October 18
    Speaker: Alex John Quijano
    Title: Introduction to Dynamic Mode Decomposition and Applications
  • Thursday, October 24
    (Special Event) Derivative Bee [flyer]
    11:30am - 1:30pm, SE2 102
  • Friday, November 1
    Speaker: Jordan Collignon
    Title: A Queueing Theory Application for College Students 
  • Friday, November 8
    (Special Event)
  • Friday, November 15
    Speaker: Ali Heydari
    Title: How to Super Resolve your Face 101
  • Friday, November 22
    Speaker: Kohl James (CSU Stanislaus)
    Title: TBA
  • Friday, December 6
    Speaker: Tucker Hartland
    Title: TBA

2019 Spring Semester

Room: COB-1 276, Time: refreshments at 1:30pm and talk at 2:00pm (otherwise announced)

  • Friday, February 8
    Speaker: Alex John Quijano
    Title: Is Romance Dead? Generating Poetry using Character-Level Recurrent Neural Networks
  • Friday, February 15
    Speaker: Tucker Hartland
    Title: Hierarchical Matrix Compression in PDE Constrained Optimization
  • Friday, March 1
    Speaker: Omar DeGuchy
    Title: Neural Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Friday, March 8 (COB-1 205, 1:30pm - 3pm)
    Speaker: Changho Kim
    Title: An Interesting Way to Combine Numbers
  • Friday, March 15
    Speaker: Jacky Alvarez and Ashley De Luna
    Title: Julia Sets
  • Friday, April 5
    Speaker: Rado Vuchkov
    Title: Preconditioning by limited memory quasi-Newton methods

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