AMS@UMassD Spring2016

List of organizers:

Program (4/26/2016):

3:30pm - 4:00pm Meet-and-greet, LArts 397D
4pm - 5pm

Individual talks (10 minutes each including Q&A), LArts 218

Sample speakers' clipsAndrew CorreiaJorge FernandesAdelaide HopkinsLeah Isherwood

(Credit: Heather L. Tripp, Video Production Specialist at UMassD)

5pm - 5:15pm Break
5:15pm - 5:45pm Panel discussion, LArts 218
5:45pm - 6:30pm Reception/light dinner, LArts 397D


Here is the poster for the symposium.


Feature article:


We are in the spotlight. (Credit: Christine Allen, Web Writer/Editor at UMassD)


Name Affiliation Brief Introduction

Andrew Correia 


Senior Data Scientist 

Andrew graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics from UMass Dartmouth in 2008. After leaving UMass, he completed a Ph.D. in Biostatistics at Harvard University in 2013, where his research focused on quantifying the impact of various environmental exposures on human health. This research produced two publications - one covering the impact of exposure to fine-particle air pollution on life expectancy, and another on the cardiovascular effects of exposure to aircraft noise - both of which were featured in the New York Times. Andrew is currently a Senior Data Scientist at SessionM, a Boston-based mobile marketing and advertising startup, where he works on predictive analytics using a variety of machine learning and statistical methods. 

Jorge Fernandes

The Hartford

Data Specialist

Jorge Fernandes is a Data Specialist at The Hartford Insurance group. He received his B.S in Mathematics from UMass Dartmouth in May of 2014 and is currently pursuing his M.S in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University. After his two-year career at The Hartford as an intern with the Data Science Research Team and then later as a Data Specialist, Jorge will be joining Pratt & Whitney’s Global Supply Chain data science team in June, where He will be supporting strategic planning and improving the performance of the global supply chain through network modeling, predicting outcomes, and understanding complex data relationships. In addition to his full time position, Jorge participates in Kaggle competitions and tries to solve real world problems using data. Currently, he is working on web scraping the Brockton Police website for police reports and looking for ways to improve the city through this independent research. He currently resides in Wethersfield, CT and can be contacted at or through LinkedIn.

Zachary Grant

UMass Dartmouth

PhD Candidate

Zachary Grant is a third year PHD student at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the Computational Science and Engineering. He graduated with his bachelors of science in computational mathematics in 2013.

For the past three years has worked under Dr. Sigal Gottlieb to design the accurate and efficient numerical methods for time dependent problems. This past year Zachary has taught two courses at Umass Dartmouth, Quantitative Reasoning and Calculus I. He has served as a member of the graduate student senate for the past two years. This past summer Zachary attended 2 workshops focused on mathematical modeling, Graduate Student Mathematical Modeling Camp, at Rennsalaer Polytechnic Institute followed by Mathematical Problems in Industry at the University of Delaware, teams of industry specialists team up with members of academia to tackle companies challenging problems.

To date he has three publications on his research in two different journals, one in the Journal of Scientific Computing, and two in the Mathematics of Computation. He has presented his work at over 7 international mathematics research conferences.

Adelaide Hopkins

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Actuarial Analyst

Adelaide Hopkins is an Actuarial Analyst at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts where she is responsible for supporting Physician and Ancillary contract negotiations. As a participant in the Student Program, she has previously held roles in Trend Management and Medical Economics, and Informatics.

Prior to joining BCBSMA, Ms. Hopkins spent time as a technology analyst at Nucleus Research where she wrote extensively on assessing the value of technology, authoring research notes and ROI case studies focused on Big Data and analytics and cloud-based applications.

Ms. Hopkins holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a Masters degree in actuarial science from Boston University.

Leah Isherwood

UMass Dartmouth 

PhD Candidate

Leah Isherwood is a third year graduate student going for a Phd in Computational Mathematics.  She received her B. A. in mathematics and minor in philosophy from UMASS Dartmouth in 2012.

For the past two years Leah has been a TA teaching precalculus and calculus I.  She has also been working on research in numerical methods for predator and prey modeling and has given poster presentations at conferences.  She recently won second place at the Sigma Xi research poster competition this semester.

Leah is treasurer of the UMASS Dartmouth’s SIAM student chapter. Last summer she had a research internship looking into time-frequency analysis and will continue her internship this summer.