Gautam Goel wins Goldwater Scholarship

Applied Math major Gautam Goel has been awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, whose purpose is "to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields." He is the only awardee at Georgia Tech this year.

Gautam has been working with two Georgia Tech faculty:

  • Dr. Loren Williams of the School of Chemistry, since Fall 2011 (when he joined Georgia Tech) - this project concerns developing efficient algorithms for 3D superposition.
  • Dr. Yuri Bakhtin of the School of Mathematics, since Summer 2012 - Dr. Bakhtin first hired him for a summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), where he collected and analyzed numerical data from a computer simulation he wrote that modeled the stochastic Burgers Equation. Then he hired him for another REU in Fall 2012 where he checked whether some data was in good agreement with a model Yuri developed of human decision - making times. They discovered some surprising mathematical phenomena in this model and are writing a paper on the results this semester.