Alexa Beatrice Cano

Institution/Organization: Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Department: Chemical and Natural Gas Engineering.

Academic Status: Undergraduate Student.

What conference theme areas are you interested in (check all that apply):

Statistical modeling, methods, and computation;
Multiscale, multiphysics, and multilevel methods;
High-order methods, novel discretizations, and scalable solvers;
Applications in science, engineering, and industry;
Scientific simulation and uncertainty;
Numerical optimization: methods and applications.


I’m a senior double majoring in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics and my chief academic interests revolve around Process Systems Engineering (PSE). Before attending my current institution, I earned associate degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics. My late start at a four year university is a contributing factor to my not having research experience to elaborate on. However, I can tell you about my favorite classes and how I hope to pursue their applications in my future research and work. I’m currently enrolled in a graduate course called Mathematical Modeling for Chemical Engineering. I was inspired to take it after spending my summer participating in a summer undergraduate research fellowship at the NIST Center for Neutron Research. My summer research experience there was a laboratory based materials science project, but interacting with and learning from so many computational scientists inspired me to pursue process simulation and computational modeling. It also cemented my decision to attend graduate school. Some of my other favorite course subjects are Thermodynamics, Process Simulation, Mass Transport, and Discrete Mathematics. I enjoy PSE because it merges my interests in chemical processes, computer science, and mathematics. I am especially interested in the optimization and control aspects of PSE.

Non-Work Related Activities/Interests:

Outside of work and school, I mostly enjoy activities that don’t lend themselves to quantifiable results. I’m an active member of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA. If you’re not familiar, it’s a gentle form of moving meditation that involves slowly performing 108 moves, or stretches, over the course of about fifteen minutes. At home, I enjoy meditating daily and training my two cats to perform new tricks. The majority of my free time is probably spent improving my Spanish language skills. I started learning the language from my mother and grandparents about one year ago. This December, I’m very fortunate to be spending the winter break staying with my cousins at their home in Mexico City.