Jesse Laeuchli is a recipient of a National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowship, which supports graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering. The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education. NPSC's goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool. The NPSC Graduate Fellowship is unique in being: open to all American citizens; lasting for up to six years; providing a $20,000 annual stipend; covering tuition; allowing a fellow also to hold a research or teaching assistantship; including one or two paid summer internships with a government agency; and providing a mentor and the opportunity for a lasting relationship with the sponsor.
Jesse is a third year doctoral student in the area of numerical linear algebra, under the direction of Professor Andreas Stathopoulos. His research focuses on estimating certain properties of functions of large matrices, such as the trace of the inverse, the determinate, or the diagonal of some function, of a matrix. These functions have diverse applications, including Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics, Uncertainty Quantification, and Data Mining. His proposal to the NPSC was to investigate methods for broadening the class of matrices for which such functions can be computed.