Dr. William Ko receives Dean's Convocation Medal

June 02, 2016

As one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Science, Dr. William Ko is being recognized with the award of the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal. On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Dr. Ko on his outstanding achievements. 

Dr. William Ko’s doctoral work has already given rise to two publications in the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, one of the top journals in applied mathematics. His results may be applied to the study of not just one but two complex human organ systems (the cochlea and heart) that are each a subject of huge and intensely active areas in neuro- and cardiac physiology.

Dr. John Stockie, his supervisor, says, "Will's research represents an exemplary piece of work in applied mathematics, with many novel ideas that will have significant impacts in physiology. He is among the top graduate students that I have supervised or interacted with in my 12 years at SFU."

Dr. Ko's primary research interest is in fluid dynamics, with applications to biology. He uses mathematical and computational tools to investigate complex biological systems such as the vibrating membrane in the fluid-filled inner ear.

He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cincinnati where he is developing a model describing the swimming technique of an E. coli bacterium.

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