List of Graduate Level Courses Taken

Below is a list of graduate level courses I have taken. For courses which are topical or project oriented, the topic of study has been listed in parentheses. Courses are listed by institution, department, and number. CHEM = Chemistry, CSCI = Computer Science, MATH = Mathematics, ME = Mechanical Engineering, SCIC = Scientific Computation.

Western Washington University

  • MATH 504: Abstract Linear Algebra
  • MATH 510: Mathematical Modeling
  • MATH 521: Methods of Math Analysis I
  • MATH 522: Methods of Math Analysis II
  • MATH 528: Functional Analysis
  • MATH 530: Fourier Series and PDEs
  • MATH 535: Nonlinear Optimization
  • MATH 538: Complex Variables
  • MATH 560: Topics in Geometry (Integral Geometry)
  • MATH 562: Differential Geometry
  • MATH 573: Numerical Linear Algebra
  • MATH 575: Numerical Analysis
  • MATH 577: Topics in Numerical Analysis (Numerical PDEs)
  • MATH 595: Teaching Algebra & Precalculus
  • MATH 691: Required Project (Data Mining)

University of Minnesota

  • CHEM 8066: Professional Conduct of Chemical Research
  • CHEM 8541: Dynamics
  • CSCI 5107: Fundamentals of Computer Graphics I
  • CSCI 5108: Fundamentals of Computer Graphics II
  • CSCI 5451: Introduction to Parallel Computing: Architectures, Algorithms, and Programming
  • CSCI 8314: Sparse Matrix Computations
  • ME 8773: Mechanical Engineering Graduate Seminar
  • SCIC 8190: Supercomputer Research Seminar (Multiscale Modeling)
  • SCIC 8888: Thesis Credit: Doctoral

From the above list, it's clear that most of my formal training from coursework was in pure and applied mathematics with some computational science in the mix. I took a few courses from some pretty well-known names, specifically CHEM 8066 and CHEM 8541 from Donald G. Truhlar and CSCI 5451 and CSCI 8314 from Yousef Saad. On a side note, I also took a differential equations course from Robert I. Jewett of the Hales-Jewett theorem when I was an undergraduate.

Though I've done research in developing methods for doing computational chemistry since 2009, I still don't feel entirely comfortable being called a "computational chemist" and certainly not a "chemist" or, even worse, a "biochemist". I also don't feel comfortable being called a "computer scientist", though it's not entirely inaccurate and would be much better than "chemist" or "biochemist". If I had to pick a label for myself, I'd prefer to be called a "computational scientist" or an "applied mathematician" -- most accurately, an "applied mathematician who works in computational chemistry, developing new methods and models".

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