-By Taruna Rapaka
Stefanos Georgiadis is an applied mathematics graduate who will join KAUST from the School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Athens, Greece. Stefanos will join KAUST this fall as a Ph.D. candidate and member of the Applied Partial Differential Equations (AppliedPDE) research group under the supervision of Professor Athanasios Tzavaras.
What was your main subject during your master’s degree? Why did you choose it?
During my master’s degree, I studied applied mathematics. I chose it because I was excited that I was learning the language of our universe; a “language” that I could use it to expand the boundaries of science.
Why have you chosen to study a Ph.D. at KAUST?
KAUST is a perfect place for studies; it has eminent professors, cutting-edge facilities, a multicultural environment and is a great place to thrive academically and personally.
When did your interest in applied mathematics and computational sciences arise? What are your research interests?
Since my time in university, I have known that I wanted to use mathematics to solve physical problems and explain the laws of our universe. This is the reason why I want to specialize in partial differential equations and mathematical modeling.
What do you do in your spare time? What are you passionate about?
I love listening to music, reading books and watching movies. I also like acting and performing. I am passionate about traveling and getting to know new people and cultures.
What is your future outlook?
I want to pursue an academic career and collaborate with other scientists. I also want to carry out research, promote the value of mathematics and inspire young people.
Can you give a piece of advice to students who plan to pursue a M.S./Ph.D. at KAUST?
I will answer using a famous quote: “Your work is to discover your world and then, with all your heart, give yourself to it.”