Event Details

Date: Wednesday, 28 June
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: P Block – P413 & P413A

Please note this event is free of charge.


Students, researchers and professionals with an interest in mathematics are welcome to join us for an evening of talks and lively discussions!


Amy Hawke graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Mathematics and Bachelor in Information Technology in 2008. During her undergraduate studies she worked as a web application programmer for the university.

After this role, Amy moved worked in the area of scientific visualisation focusing on hydrogeological systems in both drought and coal seam gas applications.

In 2012 Amy completed her Graduate Diploma and Education.

Since this time she has been working at Brisbane State High School teaching mathematics. Her focus is working with high achieving students to ensure they are challenged, motivated and can appreciate the power of mathematics.

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Olivia Hutchinson is a Graduate System Support Engineer at Boeing Defence Australia. Olivia graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in July 2016 with a Bachelor of Engineering, (Mechanical) First Class Honours. She received the 2016 QUT Medal for exceptional academic performance; graduating with a GPA of 7.

During her time at QUT Olivia was heavily involved in student life. She received a Student Leadership Excellence Award (2015) for her efforts to empower and mentor women in engineering, especially through her leadership role as President of GEMS (Girls in Engineering Making Statements).

Now an employee of Boeing Olivia aspires to become a project manager, shaping projects of the future.

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Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen holds a Chair in Statistics at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Her long-term research interests have been primarily in Bayesian statistical modelling, computation and analysis. More recently she has become active in big data analytics.

Her applied interests are in health, the environment and industry.  Kerrie is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow and a Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers for Big Data, Big Models and New Insights. At QUT, her Bayesian Research and Applications Group (BRAG, bragqut.wordpress.com) comprises around a dozen awesome postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers.

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Dr Stals has a strong background in the implementation of scalable algorithms on high performance computers. In the quest to simulate successively larger and more realistic models, it has become evident that such goals can not be fully achieved without addressing the design of scalable algorithms; and to realise scalable algorithms attention must be paid to both mathematical and computing ideas. Dr Stals has a unique set of skills that allow her to build on the interface between these two disciplines.

Dr Stals has implemented a parallel multigrid method program based on adaptive finite elements. The code developed as part of this research has formed the basis of projects designed to study applications such as: plasma ion implantation, flow through heterogeneous material (in combination with the DOUG code), radiation transport equations and thin plate splines. She has also studied cache aware multigrid methods and is currently looking at resilient iterative solvers.

In 2014, Dr Stals was awarded a College Commendation For Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, and nominated for a university citation; and was awarded the status as a Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy in 2015.

Dr Linda Stals will be also be delivering a course on “Large Scale Matrix Problems” at AMSI Winter School 2017.

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