Yuri Bakach, Ph.D. student, Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences
Explores robot deliveries
• Hometown: Odessa, Ukraine
• Faculty mentor/advisor: Ann Melissa Campbell, Professor, Henry B. Tippie College of Business
• What is your degree program and expected graduate date? I am in AMCS (Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences) PhD program and my goal is to graduate over the summer 2020
• Please describe your research: I do research in transportation and logistics. Specifically, I am studying emerging delivery methods, like drones and ground robots, and potential financial benefits they can deliver to transportation companies and their customers
• In simple terms, why does this research matter? We live in the era of e-commerce. In order to get almost everything, customers don’t even have to leave their houses. In addition, people want deliveries to be fast and cheap. In my research, among other things, I try to explore new methods of package deliveries so that all customers are satisfied.
• How soon after starting at the University of Iowa were you able to participate in research? I started in my third semester
• How has being involved in research made you more successful at the University of Iowa? Yes, absolutely. I was able to present my research at the multiple conferences, I met a lot of wonderful people. I am really happy I chose this area for my research.
• What are your career goals and/or plans after graduation? Graduate school made me realize that I am not a good fit for an academic career. This is why, upon graduation I hope to end up in an industrial company where I could use all my skills I learned at the University of Iowa.
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