Bio

Tri (Alex) Nguyen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Applied Mathematics program at the University of California, Merced under the academic advisement of Professor Mayya Tokman. He has a B.S. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego and an M.S. in Mathematics from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona).

As an applied mathematician the scope of his work encompasses mathematical modeling, numerical analysis, and scientific computing. His current work focuses on developing advanced mathematical algorithms for improved computational performance of particle simulation models of plasma physics.

Prior to embarking on his academic trajectory he was a U.S. Marine, participated in an excessively long experiment with an orthodox existence in the corporate world (mostly employed in technical staff positions in the wireless/RF industry), and enjoyed a brief stint as a cartoonist.

Relevant Experience

  • Graduate Student Researcher
    University of California, Merced
    Aug 2019 - Present
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant
    University of California, Merced
    Aug 2021 - Present
    Aug 2016 - May 2019
  • Graduate Student Intern, Fusion Energy Sciences Program
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Jun 2020 - Aug 2020
    Jun 2019 - Aug 2019
  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
    University of California, San Diego
    Jan 2013 - Jun 2013

Education

  • Ph.D. Applied Mathematics
    University of California, Merced
    2016 - Present
  • M.S. Mathematics
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
    2014 - 2016, 2020
  • B.S. Joint Major in Economics & Mathematics
    University of California, San Diego
    2009 - 2013