SAFE Student Spotlight: Aaron Lubkemann '23

Aaron Lubkemann '23, B.S. Mathematics
Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund Recipient: Fall 2022

Project: "Undergraduate Poster Presentation at Joint Mathematics Meetings: Radial Basis Function Approach to Solving the Heat Conduction Equation for a Two-Material System in 1D"

Lubkemann received a Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) grant to supplement the cost of attending the 2023 Joint Mathematics Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts from January 4-7, 2023.

At the conference, Lubkemann attended presentations by mathematics scholars. "The money from the SAFE grant enhanced my student experience by helping give me the opportunity to learn from an entirely new set of people, teachers, presentations, and cultures. Above all, these funds gave me the chance to meet new people and expand my network connections within the mathematical world," he said.

In addition to attending presentations, Lubkemann, a member of The Honors College, presented a poster on his thesis research, titled "Radial Basis Function Approach to Solving the Heat Conduction Equation for a Two-Material System (Snowpack Overlying Soil) in 1D with a Sinusoidal Air Temperature Variation on Top of the Snowpack," during the undergraduate poster session. The project was advised by Dr. Sarah Evans, assistant professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, and Dr. Nadun Dissanayake, former assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

"Thanks to the fact that I attended this conference, I met faculty from the doctoral program that I eventually ended up selecting to continue my education," shared Lubkemann, who is currently a graduate student at the University of Texas at Arlington.

He added, "I am so thankful to Appalachian State for working to ensure that they have the best teachers and faculty as possible to provide students with the most opportunities to learn, grow, succeed, and prepare for the future. Donors like the ones who granted me this money should know that every penny they contribute is a penny well spent, as it allows students like me to pursue opportunities that simply aren't available to students at many other institutions. Thank you so very much!"


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Written by Lauren Andersen
October 24, 2023

Aaron Lubkemann '23
Published: Oct 24, 2023 8:40am