David Mildebrath

Contact: dtm3 "at" rice.edu
I am a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University in Houston, TX, and a United States Department of Defense National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow. My research focus is Operations Research, the mathematical study of decision making. In particular, I am interested in
  1. Mixed integer convex programming
  2. Stochastic linear and integer programming
  3. Markov decision processes and dynamic programming
I am also interested in software for numerical optimization and improving pedagogy in optimization.
Education
Rice University | Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics ( Exp. 2021 )
NDSEG Graduate Fellow
Advised by Dr. Andrew Schaefer

Rice University | M.A. in Applied Mathematics ( 2018 )
Thesis: Optimizing Waitlist Composition from the Transplant Center's Perspective
Advised by Dr. Andrew Schaefer

The University of Alabama | B.S. in Physics and Pure Mathematics ( 2016 )
Summa cum Laude, with Honors ( GPA 4.29/4.33 )
Publications
Computational Investigation of Half-Heusler Compounds for Spintronics Applications [ arXiv | APS ]
J. Ma, V.I. Hedge, K. Munira, Y. Xie, S. Keshavarez, D. Mildebrath, C. Wolverton, A.W. Ghosh and W.H. Butler
Phys. Rev. B (2017)

Ultraluminous X-Ray Bursts in Two Ultracompact Companions to Nearby Elliptical Galaxies [ arXiv | Nature ]
J.A. Irwin, W.P. Maksym, G.R. Sivakoff, A.J. Romanowsky, D. Lin, T. Speegle, I. Prado, D. Mildebrath, J. Strader, J. Liu and J.M. Miller
Nature (2016)
Awards and Honors
US Department of Defense NDSEG Fellow 2017
US National Science Foundation NSF-GRFP Winner 2017
Univ. Alabama Distinguished Scholar Award 2016
Univ. Alabama Department of Physics Outstanding Senior 2016
National Merit Scholar Finalist 2012
Technical Skills
General Programming Languages (Ordered by experience)
Python | Java | C++ | C | Bash
Mathematical Software
Matlab | Julia | Mathematica | Gurobi
Other Tools
Linux | LaTeX | HTML/CSS | Microsoft Office