Graduate Student Features 

For information about the Ph.D., MS, and AMST programs contact
Prof. Hongwei Long, Graduate Director at
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431


Winston Buckley, Ph.D. in Mathematics

Winston Buckley, Ph.D., an alumnus who graduated from FAU with an M.S. in Mathematics in 2007 and his Ph.D. in 2009, which he started at the age of 42. While at FAU, Buckley received the first Spyros and Leanne Magliveras Scholarship/Fellowship. Buckley’s current research interests include Financial Mathematics, Actuarial Science, and Finance. He is currently working on a research project concerning Actuarial Science, where he is studying the bayesian analysis of loss ratios using the reversible jump algorithm. After graduating from FAU, Buckley went to the University of Technology in Jamaica for four years where he was a Senior Lecturer. After transferring to Bentley University, where he has been for the last six years, he was a senior lecturer for one year before being promoted to assistant professor (2015-2017), associate professor (2017-2020), and now professor (2021).





FAU Graduate Math Student Accepted Into COVID-19 Summer Program

Mr. Emmanuel Fleurantin, a graduate student in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, has been accepted into the Dynamics and data in the COVID-19 pandemic summer program, which will be taught by the American Institute of Mathematics. This online program deals with informing students on the mathematics of the current pandemic and it also provides a stipend of $6,000 for each accepted student. Read more.








Three Year NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship Awarded to Ph.D. Candidate Jorge Gonzalez

Every fall the National Science Foundation (NSF) invites STEM Ph.D. candidates in the final year of their studies to apply for the prestigious NSF postdoctoral fellowship program. The program is incredibly competitive, with thousands of eligible candidates competing for only thirty awards in mathematics. This gives us great cause to celebrate Jorge's many accomplishments. Read more.

Jorge, Gonzalez, Ph D. candidate in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Florida Atlantic University, spent a summer internship at the Center for Cyber Warfare, at Monterey, California. His works seek to understand how network traffic combines from individual sources in order to construct more accurate network traffic models and anomaly detection algorithms in an effort to secure American network infrastructure. During this internship experience, Jorge was most proud of the discovery of strong connections between network designs and known explanatory models in the literature. Read more.



britBrittanney Adelmann, B.A. to M.S. to Ph.D. in Mathematics

Brittanney went on to graduate with a Master’s in Mathematics in 2010, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics, specializing in Cryptography in 2016. She now holds an administrative position, as well as a teaching position in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at FAU. Her passion, ambition, dedication, and perseverance has led her to her dream job with the best of two worlds: administration and teaching. She is the Director of the Math Learning Center (MLC) and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. She began her new position in May, 2013 as the Assistant Director of the MLC, and was promoted to become the Director in August of 2018. She greatly enjoys her adjunct teaching position in the department. 

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floydFloyd Johnson, Graduate Assistant, Mathematical Sciences

While working as a research assistant at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C. for 10 weeks in the summer of 2019, Floyd Johnson collaborated with several mathematicians, physicists and computer scientists on problems pertaining to quantum information phenomena.

During this time period, he adapted an established quantum key distribution protocol to make it applicable to multiple parties.  This work, co-authored with Dr. Tanner Crowder, Dr. Roderick Davidson, and Dr. Marco Lanzagorta, is currently being compiled to be externally published.  Floyd completed this work as part of the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP).






Trevor Williams, Graduate Student, Mathematical Sciences trevor

FAU graduate student, Trevor Williams, spent his summer doing research mathematics at a highly competitive Department of Defense internship.

In this internship, Trevor Obtained Top Secret, Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance. Made significant progress on a mission-essential project while working within a Department of Defense mathematics research group. Collaborated with a team of fellow graduate interns and Department of Defense employees to develop software with direct Department of Defense mission applications. 

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sherSher Chhetri, Ph.D. candidate, Mathematical Sciences

Mr. Sher Chhetri won first place for his research presented in the poster competition at the 8th Annual Graduate and Professional Research Day.  Sher's research received the honor in the category of Physics and Mathematics organized by GPSA (Graduate and Professional Student Association) on March 24, 2017.

Sher Chhetri has received financial support from the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Graduate Professional Student Association to travel to Baltimore, Maryland to present his paper entitled, The Kumaraswamy Transmuted Pareto Distribution in July 28th - August 3, 2017.   

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epsteinMichael Epstein, Ph.D. candidate, Mathematical Sciences

Mr. Michael Epstein is the spring, 2017 recipient of a new fellowship offered in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, the Gus and Sharon Pearthree Math Graduate Scholars Award.  The recipient of this award must be considered an excellent student, researcher and/or instructor, and stand out as one of the very best of the post-graduate math degree candidates.






shaneShane Kepley, Ph.D. candidate, Mathematical Sciences

Mr. Shane Kepley recently traveled to Barcelona, Spain, in June 2017, to present his work at the Llavefest: A broad Perspective on Finite and Infinite Dimensional Dynamical Systems.  He and two other graduate students participated at this conference with our own faculty member, Dr. Jason Mireles-James.  This conference celebrated Rafael de la Llave's contributions to the field.   

Dr. Shane Kepley defended his Ph.D. dissertation in the fall of 2017 and has since taken a position as a post-doc at Rutgers University.

Congratulations, Dr. Kepley!





brandonBrandon Langenberg, Ph.D. candidate, Mathematical Sciences

In 2016, Mr. Brandon Langenberg's research in Cryptography was supported by a grant funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory from 2013 to 2016.  The research contained within the paper details the exact cost (gates, qubits, depth) of an exhaustive key search attach to AES using Grover's Algorithm.  Brandon will attend the next Post Quantum Crypto Conference to be held in the Netherlands, June 2017.  

In 2016, Mr. Langenberg received grant funds from the Air Force (AFRL/RIKF) to support his research in Cryptology presented in Fukuoka, Japan of the same year.  Mr. Langenberg is the recipient of yet another grant from Bundesamt fur Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, the German Federal Office for Information Security. 

Dr. Langenberg defended his Ph.D. dissertation in the spring of 2018 and has taken a position as a principal investigator of PQSecure Technologies.

Congratulations, Dr. Langenberg!



maxMaxime Murray, Ph.D. candidate, Mathematical Sciences

Mr. Maxime Murray recently traveled to Barcelona, Spain, in June 2017, to present his work at the Llavefest: A broad Perspective on Finite and Infinite Dimensional Dynamical Systems.  He and two other graduate students participated at this conference with our own faculty member, Dr. Jason Mireles-James.  This conference celebrated Rafael de la Llave's contributions to the field.   







HaiHai Pham, Ph.D. candidate, Mathematical Sciences

Mr. Hai Pham attended the 9th Annual Post Quantum Crypto Conference being held in the Netherlands, June 2017. Hai is currently working on an AlphEta variant protocol with his major professor, Dr. Rainer Steinwandt.  Hai's goal is to present his current research work at the 10th Annual Post Quantum Crypto Conference that will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in June 2018.  

Mr. Pham is a Graduate Research Assistant thanks to Quantum Technology, High-Speed Encryption and Global Analysis of Networks research grant for $392,482, funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/RIKL), February 12, 2015 - February 11, 2018.

Thanks to the faculty in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, funding opportunities like this are what catapults students into the world of research in areas such as Cryptology here at FAU.  FAU has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research

angelaAngela Robinson, Ph.D. candidate, Mathematical Sciences

Ms. Robinson recently attended the 2017 Association for Women in Mathematics Research Symposium held at UCLA in April. There, she presented a research poster entitled, "A PUF-based 4-Round Group Key Agreement Protocol."  

During the Summer of 2016, Ms. Robinson participated in the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program, working alongside U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center researchers in Dahlgren, Virginia, in the area of quantum information and cryptography.

Angela Robinson received a scholarship award from the Central Florida Chapter of Women in Defense on April 27, 2017, in Orlando Florida.

Dr. Angela Robinson defended her Ph.D. dissertation in the spring of 2018 and has taken a position as a computer scientist at the National Institute of Standards in Technology (NIST).  

Congratulations, Dr. Robinson!

ZhachariahZachariah Tyree, Ph.D. candidate, Mathematical Sciences

Mr. Tyree participated in an internship program at the Guzman & Company Boutique Investment Bank in Coral Gables, Florida in the summer, 2017.  There, Zhachariah worked on forecast model development and trading strategy development. 

Mr. Tyree traveled to the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee to work on a Cyber Security research project under an NSF grant, also in the summer of 2017. 

Dr. Tyree defended his Ph. D dissertation in Fall, 2018.  Mr. Tyree started a position at General Motors as a research scientist working in the artificial intelligence division (researching autonomous vehicles).  

Congratulations to Dr. Zhachariah Tyree!