# Cynthia Young, PhD

Cynthia Young, and her students are developing mathematical models of atmospheric effects on laser beams, which will pave the way for laser communication and laser radar systems. According to Dr. Young, the “real-world applications are laser communications systems and laser radar systems.” The advantages of laser systems versus conventional radio frequency systems are “higher data rates for communication purposes and secured channels for Department of Defense applications.” “They get experience working in a group setting, both as peers and with a mentor,” Dr. Young explains. “As the project progresses, they become more independent, which assists in their maturation as scientists and engineers.”

# Jiongmin Yong, PhD

Jiongmin Yong, PhD, a 2014 “International Congress of Mathematician” 45-minute invited speaker, joined UCF in 2003. Dr. Yong is a worldwide well-known expert in mathematical control theory, both for deterministic and stochastic systems. His book “Stochastic Controls: Hamiltonian Systems and HJB Equations” (joint with Xun Yu Zhou) is internationally influential in the area of stochastic control theory. He is also an expert in mathematical finance. Two of his former PhD students are now well-known mathematical control theorists, two of his former PhD students and several of his former master students are currently working in financial industry.

# Basak Gurel, PhD

Profesor Basak Gurel's research lies at the interface between symplectic topology and geometry and Hamiltonian dynamical systems with particular focus on the question of the existence of periodic orbits. Dr. Gurel works on several aspects of that question such as establishing existence results for general or particular systems, and constructing nontrivial Hamiltonian systems without periodic orbits using techniques from both symplectic topology and geometry, and other fields such as dynamical systems, analysis and differential geometry.