2017 Festival: Dr. Talea L. Mayo, University of Central Florida

Dr. Talea L. Mayo, University of Central Florida

Dr. Talea L. MayoThe Mathematical Sciences Research Institute welcomes Dr. Talea L. Mayo to the 2017 National Math Festival!
Dr. Talea L. Mayo is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering at the University of Central Florida. She specializes in coastal ocean modeling, with special interests in hurricane storm surge modeling, flood risk assessment, and the development of mathematical methods of improving models using data.

When Will I Ever Use This: How Scientists Use Math to Model and Understand Hurricane Storm Surges

Major hurricanes such as Katrina (2005), Sandy (2012), and Irene (2011) can have devastating impacts, whether we experience the storms firsthand, have family members who are affected, or are simply exposed to them through media coverage. Come explore how math can be used to understand the world around us, through forecasting, modeling, and risk assessment of hurricane storm surges.

Not Your Average Mathematician

Talea Mayo grew up watching the TV show Matlock and always thought she’d be a lawyer. However, she also always really enjoyed math. It was challenging for her, but as with anything, she got better the more she practiced. She grew to love the subject and later realized the similarities between math problems and the logical arguments required in law. She wanted to make an impact on society with her career, and eventually found that through mathematics she could do that too! Come to this talk to understand how!