MEET THE COMMITTEE

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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WENDY WANG

President

Hi everyone, my name is Wendy (she/her) and I’m excited to be the president of MUMS this year. As an Actuarial Studies student, I love how MUMS unites all maths enthusiasts no matter what you study. I look forward to working with our wonderful committee to bring you awesome activities and promote the fun of mathematics! Finally, here’s a terrible punny maths joke: Why is 6 afraid of 7? Approximately -0.89594.

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ANASTASIA CATHERINE ADIWIJAYA

Secretary

Hey everyone! I’m Cath (she/her) and i’m the secretary for MUMS this year! I’m a second year commerce student, planning to major in actuarial studies. My background is a golden ratio in nature, aka fibonacci in galaxies. I’m keen on helping out and getting to know everyone this year! Now, a math joke: why are obtuse angles so depressed? Because they’re never right :(

BENJAMIN PAGLIARO

BENJAMIN PAGLIARO

Treasurer

Hey everyone! I’m Benjamin (he/him) and I’m incredibly excited to be the Treasurer of MUMs this year. I’m currently pursuing my Masters in Mathematics majoring in Statistics and Stochastic Processes. My chosen background is that of contour plots for different types of Copulae, a method of modelling the dependence of Random Variables given some univariate marginal distributions.
As for a joke: Why do plants hate maths? Because it gives them square roots.

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QUANG ONG

Education Officer

Hi everyone! I'm Quang Ong (he/him) and I have been elected the Education Officer. I'm studying pure mathematics, well, for the memes I guess. I'm also doing a computing diploma so I'm like actually employable, and because programming is quite fun. I'm really looking forward to running a bunch of seminars for you all and organising various events! My background is of a de-brujin sequence, so every contiguous section of 8 characters is unique (including wrap around) and contains all 256 8-bit binary numbers. It is also the lexicographically smallest such sequence. It is quite satisfying, wouldn't you say?

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IVY BRAIN

Events Officer

Hi! I’m Ivy (she/her), the events officer for MUMS this year. I’m a 3rd-year studying computer science, so my heart belongs to our future robot overlords, but maths is pretty cool too! I love seeing how they can combine, in games, modelling, or anything else. I plan to run fun events that get more people into maths, so that we have more clever people to usher in the era of the machines. My background is a 3D donut, generated by donut-shaped code, using maths.

What did the donut say to its centre when the baker removed it? They torus!

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IMOGEN TEMBY

Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Hi there, I’m Imogen (she/her) and I’m the Diversity and Inclusion officer at MUMS. I’m in my third year of a BSc and while I’ve done a fair bit of maths at unimelb, I now major in psychology. I love seeing all the creative ways we can use mathematics to help make the world a better place. I’m super excited to help make MUMS an accessible, welcoming and friendly space for all so come and say hello anytime!

Last but not least, what does an average cow say? …. “Mu!”

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BRIAN VU

Communications and Publicity Officer

Hello everyone! I'm Brian (he/him), and I am currently an undergrad pursuing a major in Data Science. I am excited to be the comms and publicity officer this year! I have a strong passion for statistics and the way it is applied to the real world. So my background is of the central limit theorem - a theorem that forms a significant part of statistical inference.

PUZZLE HUNT & PARADOX

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KATE ZHANG

Puzzle Hunt Coordinator

Hey! I’m Kate(she/her), the puzzle hunt coordinator for MUMS this year. I’m a second-year science student specialising in stochastic processes and statistics. I love math for the genuine satisfaction that I gain from solving the problems and rewinding the logic. Maths and being part of the MUMS committee has been the two things that kept me sane during the COVID situation. I’m excited to meet you guys during our MUMS events and have mathematical fun together:)
Also my virtual background is the best because… who can reject it???

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ESZTER BENEDEK

Paradox Editor

Undergraduate Representative
Hello Everyone, I’m Eszter (she/her) an undergraduate representative at MUMS, and this year, I will be your Paradox editor as well. I’m taking Statistics this semester as my only maths subject.  As a true nature lover, my background features a photo that I took of a fern in the Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne. It is a constant reminder that the patterns, sequences, and geometric shapes we study rigorously in class appear effortlessly in nature.

EPSILONS

First Year Representatives

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HASTI BAHAR

Hi everyone! My name is Hasti (pronouns she/her). I'm really looking forward to being a First-Year Rep for MUMS this year! I am studying a Bachelor of Design, majoring in Mechanical Systems. I love patterns in maths and my background is an example of a Fibonacci sequence being found in nature. The seeds of a sunflower follow this mathematical sequence and it creates two series of curves going in opposite directions.

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ZHEN QIU

Hi everyone! My name is Zhen Qiu (he/him) and I am excited to be one of the first year representatives this year. I am a first year science student majoring in pure maths. I really love maths because it helps me understand the world. In addition, maths challenges the mind and it has the power to solve real life problems. Do you know the meaning of the formula behind me?

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HANYUE SU

Hey guys! My name is Hanyue Su(she/her) and you can also address me as Amaris. It is super exciting to become a first-rep for MUMS in 2021 and I am a first-year student of Bachelor of Science majoring in data science. I am very into maths since l was little and I hope I can share this passion with all of you. My background is in our MUMS community and l am excited to know everyone and help out this year.

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CHARLIE YUNG

Hi everyone! My name is Carlie Yung (she/her) and I am a first year Epsilon in MUMS. I am currently studying commerce and planning to major in finance and economics. I joined the committee because I have a passion for mathematics and the logicality that underpins the discipline. I look forward to working with the committee and helping out this year!

UNDERGRADUATE REPRESENTATIVES

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THIEN CO LE

Hello everyone. My name is Thien Co (he/him) who is a first-year student at the University of Melbourne, and an undergraduate representative at MUMS. I am studying Bachelor of Science with my major is in mechanical system. As you can see, my background is the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), thus I am interested in trading and that leads me to MUMS. Why do trading and MUMS relate to each other? You may not know this, but trading in the real market requires complicated calculations, finally I am very cheerful to be a part of MUMS this year.

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BRENDA LIU

Hi everyone! I'm Brenda (she/her), an undergraduate representative for MUMS! I am currently studying for a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Bioengineering Systems. I'm not a great mathematician but I love watching a good Numberphile video and solving simple, simultaneous equations disguised as equations of apples and bananas. I am super excited to help everyone in the committee make MUMS a special and accessible place for everyone to share their passion for maths whilst making friends! My background is a fabulous Desmos drawing of a certain flightless bird that gives you a hint about where I am from.

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HOANG MINH HUY LUU

Hi everyone! My name is Hoang Minh Huy Luu (he/him) and I am an undergraduate representative for MUMS. I am in my second year Bachelor of Science, majoring in Computing and Software System. I love to use maths to solve real world problem and help more people see the beauty of maths. My background is the Monte-Carlo method, which is a broad class of computational algorithms that rely on repeated random sampling to obtain numerical results. This perfectly captures the unpredictability of the world.

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JUDY (XILEI) MIAO

Hello everyone, my name is Judy (she/her). I’m so excited to be an undergraduate representative of MUMS. I’m a first-year student doing a Bachelor of Commerce, haven’t decided what major I want to specialise in, but I do have a great passion for calculus which brought me to MUMS. I’m looking forward to all the upcoming events!!! Here’s a maths joke: What do you call a function with a negative derivative, that makes things cleaner? Degreasing.

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PHILIP PHUNG

Hey everyone! My name is Phil (he/him) and I'm an undergraduate representative over here at MUMS. I'm currently in my second (onto third) year of university and am doing commerce. I really really enjoy puzzles, so joining MUMS was really a no-brainer during my first year of uni!

I really like puzzles so much so I've included a pretty "simple" one in my pic! First one to solve it gets a sense of satisfaction and achievement! (Note: prize is self-supplied 🙂)

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YADAN XIAO

Hey! I’m Kate(she/her), an undergraduate representative for MUMS this year. I’m a first-year science student intending to major in maths with a diploma in computing. I love math for the genuine satisfaction that I gain from solving the problems and rewinding the logic. Maths and being part of the MUMS committee has been the two things that kept me sane during the COVID situation. I’m excited to meet you guys during our MUMS events and have mathematical fun together! :) Also my virtual background is the best because… who can reject it???

POSTGRADUATE REPRESENTATIVES

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RODNEY DHARMA

Hello! My name is Rodney (he/him) and I’m currently pursuing a master’s degree in mathematics. One of the reasons I love mathematics is its persistence to be a humbling and unexpected exercise. There is always something new to learn for everyone, regardless of where you are in your mathematical journey. In 2021, I am excited to be a part of MUMS as a postgraduate representative and look forward to helping out. My background shows five different representations of the Catalan numbers. Can you find bijections between them? For more representations and these images see “Catalan Numbers” by Richard P. Stanley.

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ELIZABETH IVORY

Hi! I'm Elizabeth (she/her), studying my Masters in maths. You'll notice my background is my favourite place on campus: the MUMS room! I love learning about new mathematical topics, especially applications of it to areas I haven't studied, and sometimes haven't even heard of. The silver lining to lockdown is the sheer number of these fascinating online seminars that I've been able to attend. I look forward to working with the rest of the committee to keep learning and sharing the beauty of mathematics.

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KIARASH NIKOO

Greetings! I am Kiarash (Kia) Nikoo, a first year master of data science student and math enthusiast. I am passionate about anything data-related and also enjoying coding. I am very excited to be one of the graduate representatives at MUMS this year and look forward to working with all the amazing math lovers. My background is probably one of the most well-known and beautiful equations out there. Fun fact: It has been my FB cover photo since I’ve had FB. I’m very much looking forward to give back to the math community at UoM and get to know as many people as I can!

Interested to join the committee?

A new committee is elected our Annual General Meeting (AGM) each year. This is where you can run for positions too!

 

Make sure you have signed up to be a member, so that you can receive the AGM notice closer to the date.

In the meantime, you can find out more about the different committee roles here.

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