Mathematics Alumni Return to Talk about Research and Careers

Posted on 8/23/2018 1:52:25 PM

Daniel O’Hara ’14, Theresa Scarnati ’14, and Jeremy Yagle M’14 are returning to the Mathematics Department to give presentations on their current research and careers and to host a career panel for students.

On Wednesday, September 12, from 2:30 to 3:20 p.m. they will present concurrent talks in the HUB.  From 3:35 to 4:50 p.m. they will host a career panel in the Susquehanna Room.

Daniel O’Hara will present “Research Medley: Exploring the Role of Volcanic Processes on Landscape Evolution” in the Susquehanna Room. He will present recent work that explores volcanic effects on topography from a landscape evolution perspective. Using numerical modeling, O’Hara analyzes landscape response to local disruptions in the form of volcanic perturbations and the expected signature of intrusive magmatism on surface topography.

Daniel O’Hara is from Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, and has BS degrees in geology and computer science from IUP and was an S-COAM scholar. He is currently a fifth-year PhD student in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oregon, studying volcanic geomorphology.

Theresa Scarnati will present “High-Order Regularization Techniques for Synthetic Aperture Radar Applications” in the Allegheny Room. Inverse problems model real world phenomena from data, where the data are often noisy and models contain errors. This leads to instabilities, multiple solution vectors. and thus ill-posedness. To solve ill-posed inverse problems, regularization is typically used as a penalty function to induce stability and allow for the incorporation of a priori information about the desired solution. In this talk, Scarnati will develop high-order regularization techniques for the application of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) image formation.

Theresa Scarnati, from Erie, Pennsylvania, received her BS degree in applied mathematics from IUP in 2014. After completing her MA in 2016, she graduated with her PhD in applied mathematics from Arizona State University in 2018. Currently, Scarnati is an associate research mathematician for the Air Force Research Laboratory within the Mutli-Domain Sensing Autonomy division.

Jeremy Yagle will present “Aerospace Data Science and Machine Learning at NASA Langley Research Center” in the Monongahela Room. In 2014, a team of researchers and information technology specialists at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) developed a data science strategy as part of LaRC’s Comprehensive Digital Transformation Initiative, with the goal of developing long-term capabilities for data analytics and machine learning in aerospace domains. In this talk, Yagle will present a summary of the technical aspects of the work, as well as the progress made in collaboration, outreach, and education.

Jeremy Yagle earned an MS in applied mathematics from IUP in 2014, a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Pennsylvania State University, and is a graduate of Naval Nuclear Power School. He is currently the technical lead for LaRC’s Data Science Team within the Office of the Chief Information Officer. Before joining the team at Langley, he worked at NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation Facility to develop algorithms for the strategic assessment of new technologies related to NASA mission goals, with the US Army Corps of Engineers (Pittsburgh District) in the Navigation Design Branch of the Engineering and Construction Division, spent nearly 10 years as a Child Protective Services caseworker in Pennsylvania, and served in the US Navy.