|Kevin Del Bene
Six years ago, if you had told me what I would be doing today, I would have never believed you. I came from a small town and an even smaller high school. I was never really challenged and consequently never knew of what I was capable. Rensselaer changed that.
I started research as a freshman and when I was invited into the Accelerated BS/PhD Program, I knew it was a way to advance my education even further. Through the guidance of many people involved in the program, I was able to make the best choices for my education. I was involved in three rotations of research and chose to work on a collaborative project with Professor Donald Drew. For four years I have been working on a project titled “Mathematical Modeling of Wildfire Dynamics.” I have presented my work at several conferences gaining good feedback on the project. The National Science Foundation has funded the work through the Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
I graduated with a BS in Mathematics in Spring 2010, only three years after coming to RPI and continued to work on the project with Dr. Drew during graduate school. I earned a MS in Applied Mathematics in December of 2011, and defended my thesis in April of 2013.
The Accelerated BS/PhD program has really helped me find my home at RPI. It provides the perfect blend of challenge and guidance mixed with my passion for learning and mathematics. It has been one of the best opportunities I have been given.