WHO WE ARE
Jess and Caoimhe
Having met in 2015 at the start of our PhDs in applied maths at the University of Oxford, we bonded over our passion for making maths accessible, promoting its many applications and encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM subjects.
This led to the creation of mathematigals, an organization to foster diversity among the physical sciences.
Our mission is to answer the age-old maths question
"when will I ever use this?"
encouraging girls to love and pursue careers in maths.
MEET THE TEAM
Caoimhe was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and studied pure maths at Trinity College Dublin before undertaking her PhD in applied maths at the University of Oxford. She also participated in the International Space University's Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program in 2018.
Caoimhe is fascinated by space and how maths can help uncover the mysteries of the universe. Beginning her career as a research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center studying distant planets, Caoimhe gained a new appreciation of the importance of space sustainability and the threat of space debris on the future of space exploration. She now works as a Flight Dynamics Engineer at Astroscale, working on state-of-the-art missions to remove junk from space.
Motivated by the lack of general knowledge of the endless applications of mathematics, Caoimhe hopes that mathematigals will help banish the misconception that maths is useless by demonstrating how maths is the language of our universe and truly is everywhere.
Jessica was born in London, UK, but spent time growing up in California, USA. She studied mathematics and applied sciences - with a specialisation in medical and biological sciences - at UCLA. She moved back to the UK in 2014 to study for a master's, followed by a PhD, at the University of Oxford in applied maths.
Jessica believes that mathematics provides a toolkit to revolutionise many areas of medical science by quantifying clinical decision-making. Her primary interests lie in fluid dynamics and medical device design. She previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the field of cardiology at MIT and Harvard Medical School, and is now a scientist at a medical device company.
Researchers in the physical sciences (mathematics, computer science, engineering) are comprised of less than 25% women. Jessica hopes mathematigals will help combat this gender gap by encouraging girls to love and become lifelong learners of maths.
We frequently post videos breaking down mathematical topics and applications.
We hope these can be enjoyed by people of all ages. See our latest instalment below!
The Maths of Monopoly | Mathematigals
Let's Talk About Women in Maths | Mathematigals
The Monty Hall Problem | Mathematigals
5 Fun Facts About Pi | Mathematigals
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