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Sam Kamperis is a research student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. His thesis title is 'Optimisations of Computationally Complex Algorithms for Polyhedra.'
My research degree is in computational geometry, specifically I’m involved with research into three-dimensional polyhedra, which are 3-D shapes like cubes. The nature of my research is abstract but I enjoy being able to explain problems to non-technical audiences.
I graduated from Brookes with a First Class honours degree in Mathematics with Computer Science in 2012 and I was awarded the John Birch Memorial Prize 2012 for the most outstanding graduate in the University.
I work on applying my research to the real world. People are often surprised by what we do and don't know about polyhedra. Being able to involve others in my research pushes me forward, and I enjoy being able to engage with them as well as with my scientific peers. What I tell my family when they ask what I do - "I make computers draw triangles!"
After graduation, I worked as a Research Assistant within the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences for three months, extending the research undertaken during my undergraduate project.
I’m also the Postgraduate Research Student Representative for Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and I organised the Research Student Conference 2013 for the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment.
In June 2013, I became the Postgraduate Liaison Officer for the IMA (Institute of Mathematics and its Applications) where I’m responsible for postgraduate student engagement with the IMA. As well as raising awareness of the IMA with the postgraduate student population, I’ll also be supporting and developing postgraduate conferences and careers events.