SFU Undergrad Researcher: Claudio Feijoo

Introducing Claudio Feijoo of the Department of Mathematics and School of Computing Science!

Name: Claudio Feijoo
Major: Mathematics and Computing Science (Joint)
Year: Fourth
Supervisor: Dr. David Muraki of the Department of Mathematics

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to do programming once I am done studying. It has always been a passion of mine and it is very natural for me to code and debug.

Q: How did you get involved in research?
A: I was looking for a co-op position and noticed I could make research count for it so I decided to throw my name for the selection of USRAs.

Q: What are you researching?
A: I am researching for new non-linear forms of a dipole (a travelling wave disturbance in the atmosphere) that satisfies a partial differential equation.

Q: What is a typical day in the lab for you?
A: The day usually starts by scanning some notes to send to my supervisor followed by a lenghty Skype call. After that, I code and test what was discussed in the call.

Q: What’s your favourite SFU course?
A: I would say MATH251 just due to how challenging and useful it is.

Q: What’s your favourite sciene joke or meme from your field?
A: Saw a paper in the bus stop a couple of years ago using the Bad Luck Brian meme with the caption “Wants to take a GPA booster, takes MATH242“.

Q: If you were a scientific lab instrument, which one would you be?
A: I want to say a computer just because I want to become a source of endless information 😛

Q: Who is your biggest science crush?
A: Cant say I have any, honestly.

Q: What’s the funniest thing that happened to you in the lab?
A: I worked by myself in any quiet place I could find. This one time, I was in one of the computer labs in the AQ on a skype call. All of a sudden I realized that a class has started while I was distracted on my project! Had to apologize and rush out of there.

Q: What scares you the most when working in the lab or field?
A: The fact that you don’t know whether you are on the right track/got good results. These questions haven’t been answered before so it is always nerve-wracking when you are following a lead.


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