Christine Vaughan

Institution/Organization: Iowa State University

Department: Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering

Academic Status: Graduate Student.

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

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for science and engineering;
Applications in science, engineering, and industry;
Education and interdisciplinary programs in CSE;
Emerging software infrastructure for CSE, sustainability of numerical software;
High-order methods, novel discretizations, and scalable solvers


I am interested in numerical methods, most specifically discontinuous Galerkin schemes and other finite element methods. I am particularly interested in how these methods can be utilized in engineering applications. I am also interested in moment closure methods and learning how these methods can be used to solve problems.

Non-Work Related Activities/Interests: 

I am on the organizing committee for the Joint AWM MOCA Speaker Series, which is a series begun at Iowa State University by math graduate students where we bring speakers from underrepresented groups in mathematics to give a colloquium and mentor graduate students. The speakers visit the department for a few days where they have meals and meetings with graduate students and have discussions on their career path and their experiences as a person from an underrepresented group. I am also on the executive council for our SIAM student chapter, where I have been working to increase the participation of women in the chapter. As the sole female on our executive committee, I try to lead by example and reach out to women in the program to invite them to be more active in the chapter. We ask students and professors to speak on their research and provide mentoring to graduate students. I am also an active member of our AWM student chapter where we try to uplift the women in our department by supporting each other. Finally, I am also passionate about nature and I really enjoy spending time outdoors kayaking, hiking, and camping.