# John D. Cobb

PhD Student at University of Wisconsin-Madison

**Research Interests:**Algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, and their applications to data science.

## Employment

2024–
### Auburn University

Auburn, AL

### Auburn University

nsf postdoctoral research fellow

Auburn, AL
Mentor: Hal Schenck.

## Education

2019–2024
### University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI

### University of Wisconsin-Madison

ph.d. mathematics

Madison, WI
Advisors: Daniel Erman, Michael Kemeny.

2015–2019
### Honors College of Charleston

Charleston, SC

### Honors College of Charleston

b.s. mathematics, b.a. chemistry, minor data science

Charleston, SC

## Awards & Grants

2024
NSF conference grant DMS-2408333 ($16,255)

Awarded to fund US participation in the 31st edition of GAeL.

2024
NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship ($190,000)

2023
NSF conference grant DMS-2309424 ($15,833)

Awarded to fund US participation in the 30th edition of GAeL.

2023
Exceptional Service Award,

*UW Madison Mathematics Department*
Awarded to 3/120 Math Department Teaching Assistants.

For a prototype website for making academic preprints on arXiv more accessible and searchable.

2019
Ewa Wojcicka Mathematics Award,

*Math Department, College of Charleston*
College of Charlestons math departments top award.

2019
Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship ($8,500)

2019
NDSEG Fellowship ($130,000),

*Air Force Office of Scientific Research*
2018
Gadsden Scholarship,

*Math Department, College of Charleston*
2018
Horatio Hughes Scholarship in Mathematics,

*Math Department, College of Charleston*
2018
Brewer Scholarship,

*Chemistry Department, College of Charleston*
The premier undergraduate award in STEM.

## Papers [Interactive Version]

### Journal

J2

#### Quarternion-Valued Breather Soliton, Rational, and Periodic QKdV Solutions

**John Cobb**, Alex Kasman, Albert Serna, Monique Sparkman.

*Journal of Nonlinear Mathematical Physics*, 2020.

J1

#### Aggregate Dispersions to Enhance the Intrachain Order in Surfactant-Stabilized Aqueous Colloids of Poly(3-hexylthiophene)

McKenna Andrews, Anna Smirnova, Devin Sharp, Sarah Taylor,

**John Cobb**, David Boucher.*Journal of Molecular Liquids*, 2019.### Preprint

P1

#### Extending Transductive Knowledge Graph Embedding Models for Inductive Logical Relational Inference

## Talks [Interactive Version]

### Seminar

Georgia Tech Algebra Seminar, Atlanta, GA

UW Madison Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar, Madison, WI

Iowa State University Algebra and Geometry Seminar, Ames, IA

ACMD Seminar (NIST), Boulder, CO

UW Madison Graduate Applied Math Seminar, Madison, WI

Center for Computing Sciences, Bowie, MD

Center for Communications Research, Princeton, NJ

UW Madison Graduate Algebraic Geometry Seminar, Madison, WI

University of Hawaii-Manoa, Manoa, HI

UW Madison Graduate Algebraic Geometry Seminar, Madison, WI

Center for Computing Sciences, Bowie, MD

UW Madison Graduate Algebraic Geometry Seminar, Madison, WI

UW Madison Graduate Algebraic Geometry Seminar, Madison, WI

UW Madison AMS Student Chapter Seminar, Madison, WI

UW Madison Graduate Algebraic Geometry Seminar, Madison, WI

Tresata Lunch Seminar, Charlotte, NC

### Conference

Baylor University, Waco, TX

AMS Special Session on Topics in Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry, Savannah, GA

URiCA (Upcoming researchers in Commutative Algebra) 2024, Lincoln, NE

AMS Special Session on Homological Methods in Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry, San Francisco, CA

JMM Special Session on Recent Developments in Commutative Algebra, San Francisco, CA

JMM Special Session on Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry, San Francisco, CA

Algebra Days at ASU, Tempe, AZ

Institute of Mathematical and Statistical Innovation, Chicago, IL

AG23 Mini-Symposium on Castelnuovo-Mumford Regularity and Applications, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

AMS Special Session on Building Bridges Between Commutative Algebra and Nearby Areas, Salt Lake City, UT

AMS Contributed Paper Session on Partial Differential Equations, Baltimore, MD

### Poster

GAeL XXIX, Orsay, France

Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium, Riverside, CA

Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium, Fort Collins, CO

JMM Undergraduate Poster Session, Baltimore, MD

### Outreach

Madison Math Circle, Madison, WI

Delta Beer Lab, Madison, WI

Data Science Club, Charleston, SC

Data Science Club, Charleston, SC

## Teaching Experience

### MATH 217: Calculus with Algebra & Trig II

Spring 2024

Teaching Assistant. Hold weekly problem solving sessions and office hours. UW Madison

Teaching Assistant. Hold weekly problem solving sessions and office hours. UW Madison

### MATH 222: Calculus II

Fall 2023

Head Teaching Assistant. Hold weekly problem solving sessions and office hours. Create worksheets and quizzes, organize all other TA's teaching the course. UW Madison

Head Teaching Assistant. Hold weekly problem solving sessions and office hours. Create worksheets and quizzes, organize all other TA's teaching the course. UW Madison

### Galin Education

Aug 2022 – Sep 2023

Academic Tutor. Meet with students weekly one on one to help with college level math courses. Madison, WI

Academic Tutor. Meet with students weekly one on one to help with college level math courses. Madison, WI

### MATH 234: Calculus III

Fall 2022

Spring 2023

Teaching Assistant. Hold weekly problem solving sessions and office hours. UW Madison

Spring 2023

Teaching Assistant. Hold weekly problem solving sessions and office hours. UW Madison

### MATH 221: Calculus I

Fall 2020

Fall 2021

Teaching Assistant. Hold weekly problem solving sessions and office hours. UW Madison

Fall 2021

Teaching Assistant. Hold weekly problem solving sessions and office hours. UW Madison

### MATH 229: Vector Calculus with Chemical Applications

Fall 2017

Spring 2018

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Teaching Assistant. Presented new content and held problem sessions. College of Charleston

Spring 2018

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Teaching Assistant. Presented new content and held problem sessions. College of Charleston

## Organizing

### Conferences & Seminars

April 2025
MAAG 2025,

*Auburn, AL*
December 2024
NZMS/AusMS/AMS Special Session on Computations and Applications of AG and CA,

*Auckland, NZ*### Reading Groups

## Service & Outreach

### Panelist for Organizing Conferences Aimed at Graduate Students

Spring 2024
Panelist on a discussion about organizing conferences held by the UW Madison math department.
Madison, WI

### Mentor at UW Madison Directed Reading Program

Spring 2024
Led a group of students in reading Stillwell's "Mathematics and its History".
Madison, WI

### Organizer at UW Madison Directed Reading Program

Fall 2019–Fall 2023
The DRP is a math mentoring program that pairs undergraduate students with graduate student mentors, for a semester-long independent study project.
Madison, WI

### Graduate Mentor at MXM Experimental Mathematics project

Fall 2022, Spring 2023
Directed advanced undergraduates on a computationally focused research project concerning identifiable linear compartmental models.
Madison, WI

### Graduate Mentor at Undergraduate Mentoring Program

Fall 2022
Met with a group of undergraduate math majors to give advice about how to navigate their undergrad degree, plan for grad school apps, and think about REUs and other opportunities.
Madison, WI

### Math Meet Coordinator at UW Madison

Spring 2022
Wrote problems and planned a math competition for over 200 middle schoolers around Wisconsin.
Madison, WI

### Public Service Fellow at WISCIENCE

Jan 2021–Jan 2022
Met and discussed best ways to engage with the public and worked with a community partner on a web project to make arXiv easier to navigate.
Madison, WI

### Mentor at First Generation Student Success

Fall 2020–Spring 2021
FGSS links first-generation college students to first generation graduate and faculty mentors for monthly meetings.
Madison, WI

### Volunteer Tutor at Trident Literacy Association

Oct 2015–Oct 2016
Helped weekly to prepare nontraditional students for their GED.
Charleston, SC

### Cofounder & Board Member at The Cancer Chase

Feb 2015–Oct 2017
Helped direct an annual 5k run benefiting Carolinas HealthCare System's Levine Cancer Institute. Rallied support from local businesses to raise over $15,000 annually.
Fort Mill, SC

## Referee Work

Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society

## Work Experience

### Data Science Intern at Tresata

Jul 2017–Aug 2017

Invited by Chief Analyst Dr. Tim Chartier to rewrite prospective rankability measures (primarily using Apache spark) to fit the memory partitioning schemes of computer clusters.

Charlotte, NC
Mentor:
Tim Chartier

### Student Researcher at Institute on Graph Analytics and Research in Data Science

Dec 2016–May 2019

Designed algorithms to calculate suspected indicators of how ”rankable” a dataset is by virtue of its spectral properties.

Charleston, SC
Mentors:
Paul Anderson,
Amy Langville

## Programming

**Experienced:**Python, Macaulay2

**Familiar:**Java, MySQL, PyTorch, pandas, numpy

**Beginner:**Scikit-learn, MATLAB, Mathematica