Email: mrmendlo (at) ncsu.edu
Office: SAS 3219
Advisor: Mansoor Haider
I am currently a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Applied Mathematics at NC State University. I have an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from NCSU, with a concentration in Computational Mathematics. I graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a B.A. in Physics and Music, and later did a postbac in Mathematics at Smith College. In between, I taught high school Physics and Math for a bit, then found my way into software development. I sometimes like to imagine that I can transmogrify myself into a ringtailed lemur.
I have done research in a variety of different fields, including neurobiology, low energy physics, and computational geometry. After I graduated from high school, I spent the summer in Dr. Constantine Pavlides' neurobiology lab at Rockefeller University, where I studied the effects of acute and chronic stress on long-term potentiation in the hippocampus. At Amherst, I helped Physics Professor David Hall assemble the equipment to create stable Bose-Einstein condensates out of Rubidium-87 atoms (one of the first of its kind at an undergraduate institution). I also worked with Smith College Computer Science Professor Joe O'Rourke on research pertaining to the solid-coloring of objects built from rectangular bricks.
My current research with Dr. Haider involves a collaboration with a local business that develops and manufactures medical imaging systems. We are investigating numerical methods for extracting certain clinical parameters (such as curvature) of the human eye from scanner data in real time.
I have over 15 years of teaching and tutoring experience, in a broad variety of subjects. These days I am mostly focusing on standardized test prep, including SAT, GRE, and GMAT. I teach the entire test, not just math, although I am happy to work exclusively on the math if that's all that is needed. I also do AP Caculus and Physics. I prefer to meet students in my office on campus. If you are interested in working with me and would like more details about my schedule, rates, or anything else I neglected to mention here, please email me at the address listed in my contact section at the top of the page.
Phi Kappa Phi, NCSU chapter
Sigma Xi, Smith College chapter
Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship, 2013-15
John Woodruff Simpson Fellowship, 2013-14
Forris Jewett Moore Fellowship, 2012-13
John Woodruff Simpson Fellowship, 2011-12
NSF Research Training Group Fellowship, 2011-12
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Research Fellowship, 2001
Jeffrey Modell Scholarship, 1999
Vi Hart's math blog