I was a doctoral student and Postgraduate Teaching Fellow in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney, and am now a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Health Analytics at the Australian Insistute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Macquarie University. I obtained a major in applied mathematics and a minor in IT for my undergraduate studies. In Honours, I modelled a shape changing equilateral pentagon to investigate the phenomenon of rotating at zero angular momentum. Through my research I determined the optimum shape change strategy that maximises the overall rotation obtained after a cycle of deformations.
My PhD thesis was in coupled rigid body dynamics with application to diving, in which I applied and extended methods from the field of geometric mechanics to analyse platform and springboard diving. My project involved examining the dynamics of a rigid body and extending it to a system of coupled rigid bodies. Modelling the diver as a coupled rigid body system, I generalised Euler's equations of motion for rigid bodies and used the differential equations to optimise and simulate pure and twisting somersaults. A defining achievement of my project was the discovery of a new dive sequence that in principle can be performed by real world athletes, which will revolutionise the sport of diving if successfully performed in competition. Some notable mentions of my work include: