Sara Nasab

What’s your major? What about your major interests you?

“Applied Mathematics and Statistics in the graduate program. I’ve always been interested in math, and I like the interdisciplinary part that AMS has to offer. I get to dabble in other subjects while still being able to do math.”

How has being affiliated with the Baskin School of Engineering helped your research?

“It’s nice that you get the opportunity to collaborate with people in engineering, especially as an AMS major. A lot of times, with doing math, you don’t get to collaborate as easily. But here, the buildings are a lot closer and the research is related, so that’s a really nice aspect of it.”

What’s your favorite class that you’ve taken here at BSOE?

“Perturbation theory by Pascale Garaud--that has to be my favorite. It has to do with boundary layers, which is a really important part of what I’m working on, which is fluids. A lot of things can’t be analytically solved on paper, so you want to figure out the solution approximately, so perturbation theory helps figure that out. It gives you a good method to solve something not exactly, but pretty close.”

As a graduate student, what drew you into BSOE?

“I think it was the first time I visited. The campus was really beautiful--it was a year when it was really green. The people here seemed to be really outgoing and, if you want to collaborate, they’re open to that. A lot of the other schools I’ve visited seemed to be really closed off. I like the collaborative environment at UC Santa Cruz and the outgoing people.”

What research are you working on now? 

"I work with Professor Pascale Garaud. We are working on modeling (physical) clouds. It's much more complex than you would think! We are using characteristic fluid equations along with cloud physics concepts to tie everything together. Our objective is to see if we can find any surprising energy transport mechanisms stemming from clouds. This is a hot topic for gas giants, like Jupiter, and our numerical models, for now, are the only way to find out how clouds contribute to these planets' atmospheres."

Applied Mathematics
Degree Program: 
PhD, Applied Mathematics and Statistics