## Omar Zarifi

I am an undergraduate student in Mathematics and Computer Science. One of the projects I am working on this summer pertains to computation of matrix eigenvectors using ordinary differential equation solvers. For this project, I will be working with Prof. Raymond Spiteri and Prof. George Patrick.

My second project is related to a multibody physics simulator, Simbody. We will be comparing the performance of various numerical differential equation solvers within Simbody, with the goal of finding schemes that can outperform Simbody’s built-in integrators. I will be working with Prof. Raymond Spiteri and Prof. Ian Stavness on this project.

My academic interests involve theoretical computer science and pure mathematics, particularly algebra, analysis and number theory. I study mathematics not for its immeasurable utility to sciences and engineering, but for its intrinsic beauty. To quote Paul Lockhart, “Nevertheless, the fact is that there is nothing as dreamy and poetic, nothing as radical, subversive, and psychedelic, as mathematics… Mathematics is the purest of the arts, as well as the most misunderstood.”

In my free time, I like to play video games, run, and read books. Some of my favourite books are Anna Karenina, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Catcher in the Rye.