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I have been teaching at NYCCT (City Tech) as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics since Fall 2009. I was on a substitute line in 2009-2010 and beginning Fall 2010, I began my service on the tenure-track line.  Before coming to City Tech, I worked at Credit Suisse for two years, between 2007 and 2009, as a quantitative fixed income analyst in the Global Modeling and Analytics Group, both in London and New York. Before getting my Master’s in Finance from Princeton University in 2007, I was the 2006 summer math camp instructor at Princeton for the incoming Master students in Finance. I was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Mathematics at UCLA during 2005-2006 academic year, after obtaining my PhD in mathematics from UCLA in 2005, under the supervision of Professor V.S.Varadarajan. My dedication to teaching was awarded by receiving the Robert Sorgenfrey Distinguished Teaching Award at UCLA in 2002. I also completed a Master’s degree in Physics from Sofia University, Bulgaria, in 1997. I was ranked top 10 in the Bulgarian Physics Olympiad in 1990 and I never lost my passion for problem solving at any level.

The overarching theme to my work is real-world applications of mathematics, and creating innovative teaching materials in applied mathematics. My main fields of interest are Computational Thinking in STEM Education, Data Science and Visualization, Monte Carlo Simulations, Financial Mathematics, and Applied Fourier Analysis. I am also interested in 3D modeling and 3D printing, and I believe that we should invest in making our STEM students literate in this emerging technology with applications to so many fields. I am very passionate about teaching mathematics at any level and working with students on research projects. I am always looking for ways to understand, present and explain advanced mathematical concepts through visualizations, animations and interactive computer simulations that build intuition and conceptual understanding. I believe that computational thinking can be understood as a fundamental skill in the 21st century that everyone can use to solve problems in any STEM field, and that the ever-increasing use of computational devices must be supported by the widespread promulgation of computational thinking at any level. One of the most valuable skills I teach my students is the ability to think logically and further develop their problem-solving, project-writing and presentation skills by actively engaging them in project-based learning using modern technology.

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