On paper, I am a mathematician. In reality, I like to think about myself as a creative human being. My friends tell me I could be a personal shopper, an interior decorator, a painter, etc.
I received my Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of L'Aquila in Italy, and I moved to Atlanta, where I spent two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Currently, I am a Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at Emory University, Atlanta.
My research interests include numerical analysis, differential equations, optimization, and numerical linear algebra.
I truly enjoy teaching. I am always willing to converse on teaching philosophy or share my teaching experience with others and mentor new instructors. I believe a lot of help in this direction came from my Masters in Mathematics Education.
At Emory University, I am mostly teaching Differential Equations courses (ordinary and partial), but I am also interested in interdisciplinary studies.
At 5 years old, I was determined to teach ballet. However, since I moved to the United States, I did not put any effort into keeping alive my inner ballerina. Huge mistake. The result? I aim to discover the connections between mathematics and movement studies, or better, explore mathematics through the body.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
Despite my undergraduate studies in Algebra (I graduated with a thesis in Local Analysis of Finite Groups), my scientific contributions are related to Self-Similarity and Fractal Image Compression, Pseudo-spectral Matrix Distances, and Global Optimization.
The principal goal of education should be creating men and women who are capable of new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done. [J. Piaget]
People often find mathematics scary. It never happened to me, so I struggle in trying to explain the reason why this happens so often. (If you're reading this, and you're scared of math, please contact me using the form at the end of the page! I'm interested in your opinion!)
Here on the right, you can see an image from my first class last semester!
I always invite my students to have fun with math! They need to feel comfortable asking questions in class and feel as they're challenging themselves and grow as human beings, instead of trying to fool the professor for a good grade!
I could write a paragraph about my teaching philosophy, recall all the studies in pedagogy, but I won't. However, I am happy to discuss it via email or in person!
I am currently mentoring undergraduate students at Emory University and have regular weekly meetings with them. These hourly meetings serve to complement their independent research from home so they can aim to design a novel technique or prove a new result. I believe that a research project is not only an opportunity to achieve new mathematical results but also to develop skills and gain comfort with math tools.
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