BIG Math Network Industry Connection Series: NASA Research Center

The Industry Connection Series features interactive panels with mathematical scientists working in industry. The goal is to connect mathematical sciences students directly with industry members who can answer student-generated questions. Students at all levels are welcome and encouraged to attend and ask questions.

The next event is coming soon on Friday, February 18th, 2022, at 2pm PT/3pm MT/4pm CT/5pm ET. Industry panelists from the NASA Langley Research Center will be Laura White, Aerospace Engineer, and Javier Puig-Navarro, Research Engineer. The event will be moderated by Dr. Trilce Encarnacíon from the University of Missouri St. Louis.

Register for the Zoom event here!

Update: registration for this event has ended. If you would like to attend the event this afternoon, please email with your Name, Email, and position at university. To be notified in advance of next month’s event, please join our mailing list today.

Laura White is an Aerospace Engineer at NASA Langley Research Center. She received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Arkansas State University in 2013. Her undergraduate research focused on optimal statistical design of experiments for engineering and science applications. In 2018, she received her doctorate in mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. For her doctoral research she focused on nonlocal hyperbolic equations and nonlocal Cahn-Hilliard equations. Upon completion of her doctoral program, she entered the government workforce at NASA Langley Research center where she applies knowledge from both her undergraduate and graduate studies. She currently works on statistical applications of quantifying uncertainties that exist within the governing mathematical equations of fluid flow around aerospace vehicles. She spends her days trying to answer the question: “Given the assumptions we make to describe this aerodynamic flow; how do we quantify the discrepancy between reality and the mathematical model?”. Other areas of interest are in-space robotic assembly and surrogate modeling for database management. She is also passionate about women equality in the workforce and currently serves as the lead of the women’s employee resource group at Langley. In her free time, you can find her hiking strenuous trails, rock climbing, running, or quad skating at the local skate park.

Javier Puig-Navarro is a Research Engineer at the Autonomous Integrated Research Branch (AISRB) at NASA Langley Research Center, and recently defended his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Javier holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, in Spain. His research interests include proximity and geometric queries to expedite motion planning, autonomous design of feasible 4D trajectories in cluttered environments, robust non-linear controls with safety certificates, and its applications to flight control systems and path-following algorithms, as well as distributed cooperative strategies for heterogeneous vehicles, and network topology control for distributed systems.

The BIG Math Network is grateful for sponsorship by the American Mathematical Society (AMS), American Statistical Association (ASA), Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), Mathematical Association of America (MAA), Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

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