Shelley Kandola, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of the Mathematics Center for Educational Programs
I graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 2019, where I was a grad student in the Mathematics Department under Craig Westerland. I earned my B.S. from St. Lawrence University in 2013, where I double majored in computer science and mathematics. Consequently, my interests often fall in an intersection of the two. I am particularly interested in Topological Data Analysis, and have been interested in Homotopy Type Theory in the past. My dissertation was on topological complexity and digital topology. At Michigan State University, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate working with Liz Munch and Shiv Karunakaran. In Fall 2021, I started as the Assistant Director of MathCEP at UMN. I've also been known to have teal hair!
Pictured above: determining the Lusternik–Schnirelmann category of the finite topological space, "the wallet," at Bob's Java Hut in Minneapolis, Minnesota.