**Contact:**

Email: mrmendlo (at) ncsu.edu

Office: SAS 3219

Advisor: Ralph Smith

**About Me:**

I am currently a first-year Ph.D. student in Applied Mathematics at NC State University. 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 and did a whole bunch of stuff with computers and software development. I sometimes like to imagine that I can transmogrify myself into a ringtailed lemur.

**Research:**

I have done research in a variety of different fields, including neurobiology, low energy physics, and computational geometry. In 1999, I studied the effects of chronic stress on long-term potentiation in the hippocampus at Rockefeller University under the supervision of Dr. Constantine Pavlides. I worked with Professor David Hall at Amherst College in 2001 on magneto-optical trapping for Bose-Einstein condensation, and in 2011 I collaborated with Smith College Professor Joe O'Rourke on research pertaining to the solid-coloring of objects built from rectangular bricks. I am currently doing research with Dr. Ralph Smith on mathematical modeling for materials science.

**Honors and Awards:**

Sigma Xi (national science honors society), 2011

Amherst College Fellowship, 2011

Howard Hughes Fellowship, 2001

Jeffrey Modell Scholarship, 1999

**Professional Memberships:**

American Mathematical Society (AMS), 2011-present

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), 2011-present

Sigma Xi, 2011-present

**Awesome Links:**

Gauss Facts

Vi Hart's math blog

xkcd