MEET THE COMMITTEE

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

YIFAN GUO

President

Hi everyone! I’m Yifan (she/her). I am very excited to be working with our lovely committee this year to create many interesting MUMS activities for you and share the joy of mathematics! I am currently studying a major in Mathematics and a concurrent diploma in Computing. In the spirit of iso, I created this virtual background to encapsulate a few of my favourite things – maths, MUMS and my dog! In case you are wondering, my dog’s age is the product of two primes whose sum and difference are also primes. Can you guess how old she is?

JULIE ZENOU

Secretary

Hello there, I'm Julie (she/her), the new MUMS secretary! I'm an ex-pure maths major, and now a full on Computer Science nerd. While I don't have any maths subjetcs at uni anymore, I fulfill my love for maths through MUMS where I get to work with amazing peers and help more people see the beauty of maths. You may have noticed that my background has a bunch of binary numbers, (a mathematical concept also used in Computer Science!). There's actually a hidden message there, can you figure out what it is?

WEIZHENG LI

Treasurer

Hi Everyone, I am Weizheng Li (he/him). I am the treasurer for MUMS, responsible for the club’s finance. I am studying a Bachelor of Biomedicine degree with a Diploma in Maths. I always have a passion for Applied Maths and am really excited to join the club!

ELIZABETH IVORY

Education Officer

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.

RYAN CAMPBELL

Events Officer

Hi, I'm Ryan (he/him) and I'm an undergrad majoring in pure mathematics alongside a diploma in computing. I am lucky enough to be the MUMS events officer this year, so I look forward to lots of great events online and hopefully on campus next year. I chose the rank nullity theorem as my background because it is one of my favourite theorems, and it is a good reminder to keep practising linear algebra. It comes in handy quite often!

THISURI WEERASINGHE

Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Hi everyone! I’m Thisuri (she/her) and the new MUMS D&I officer! In 2021, I will be in the 3rd year of my Bachelor of Science majoring in Civil Systems. As an engineering student I get to learn about new and cool ways that math is applied in the engineering field. It’s also one of the reasons why I chose my major. In my background, the diagram on the top left shows a phenomenon called ‘resonance.’ When designing bridges, resonance must always be taken into account to avoid structural failure. And guess what? Resonance is modelled using second-order differential equations! The bridge shown in the background is the highest bridge in the world. Can you guess how high it is?

HANNAH PERRY

Communications and Publicity Officer

Hi, I’m Hannah (she/her) and I’m an undergrad majoring in Maths & Stats alongside a diploma in Computing, and a tutor for Foundations of Computing. This year I’m excited to be Publicity Officer for MUMS! In my background is a Penrose tiling, which is an aperiodic tiling (it doesn’t have any translational symmetries). This one consists of two different rhombi but there’s also another version where the tiles are kites and darts!

PUZZLE HUNT & PARADOX

CHUANSHU JIANG

Puzzle Hunt Coordinator

Hi! I'm Chuanshu (she/her) and this is my child, T-Rex. I usually puzzle with the teams idk or green blazers, and I study computer science and maths. Shapes are pretty cool. You can find out what T-Rex's favourite shapes are from the puzzle behind me.

CANIS NUGROHO

Paradox Editor

Hi there! I'm Canis (she/her), a second-year Bachelor of Science student majoring in Data Science. I'm super excited to be your Paradox Editor, compiling all your amazing submissions and learning about math concepts I've never heard about before!
My favourite area of maths is Probability and Statistics because in a world full of uncertainty, it gives you some sense of likelihood and at times, reassurance.
Something I've really gotten into recently is Rubik's-cubing. There are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different permutations of the cube, yet there are algorithms that solve all of them. But how did we get to this number?

UNDERGRADUATE REPRESENTATIVES

GYPSY AKHYAR

Undergraduate Representative

Hello my fellow mathematicians! My name is Gypsy (he/him) and I am an undergraduate representative for MUMS. In 2021, I will be in my third-year of the Bachelor of Science w/ a major in Mathematics and Statistics (with a pure mathematics specialisation). I am super into maths and want to become an academic and/or have a successful maths YouTube channel one day (chaotic flammable maths vibes). Outside of uni, I work as a lecturer for ATARNotes and the Skyline Foundation - spreading that mathematical joy. My zoom background includes two really cool mathematical ideas I’ve learnt this past year.

ESZTER BENEDEK

Undergraduate Representative

Hello Everyone, I’m Eszter (she/her) an undergraduate representative at MUMS, mainly involved with the Diversity & Inclusion subcommittee. I’m taking AM2 this semester, which has truly been a wild ride, but turned out to be one of my favourite subjects (so far). 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.

IVY BRAIN

Undergraduate Representative

Hi! I’m Ivy (she/her), an undergrad rep majoring in computer science. My heart belongs to our future robot overlords and the code that makes them tick, but maths is pretty cool too! I love seeing how these things can combine, in games, modelling or anything else. I hope to help run fun events that get more people into maths, so that we have ever more clever people to usher in the era of the machines. My background is a 3D text donut, generated by code that looks like a donut, using maths. That’s like the three best things combined.

PATRICK GRAVE

Undergraduate Representative

Hey Everyone! I’m Patrick (he/him), one of MUMS’ undergraduate representatives, this year. As a first-year science student, I’m a little unsure of my major but I’m hoping to end up somewhere in maths/engineering . Maths is great because it spans such a breadth of ideas; it stretches from the elegance of Euclid’s geometry, to the refined world of modern physics, and to the twisting corridors of probability. But one of my favourite parts (as shown by my background) is the never-ending grind of optimisation: the Travelling Salesman Problem and its heuristics never cease to impress me.

PHIL PHUNG

Undergraduate Representative

Hey everyone! My name is Phil (he/him) and I'm an undergraduate representative over here at MUMS. I'm currently in my second 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 😊)

WENDY WANG

Undergraduate Representative

Hi guys, my name is Wendy (she/her), and I’m excited to be one of the undergraduate representatives this year. I’m a first-year Commerce student majoring in Actuarial Studies, a subject that uses models to basically predict the future. Although the future looks uncertain right now, I look forward to working with the rest of the committee to make it brighter with maths! My background is a plot of the Mandelbrot set, which just shows how maths is indeed an art.

KATE ZHANG

Undergraduate Representatives

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???

ERIC ZHAO

Undergraduate Representative

Hey, I’m Eric (he/him) and I’m excited to be a general committee for MUMS. I’m a Commerce student (Finance and Economics) doing a concurrent diploma in Mathematics majoring in Statistics and Stochastic Processes. Recently, I have discovered a pleasure in looking at the world through a Mathematical lense, seeing the patterns and inherent order hidden in the chaos. Behind me is one instance of seeing the world in a different way!

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