Hometown: Gurgaon, India
Kevin Jose is a student in the Mechanical Engineering PhD program at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. With a focus on dynamical systems and smart materials, Kevin has been involved in research on ionic polymer metal composites (IPMCs) and stochastic modeling of zebrafish behavior. Stochastic modeling is a tool for estimating outcomes that includes the possibility of random variations.
By studying IPMC actuation in an electrostatic field, Kevin is developing realistic stochastic models of zebrafish. His goal is to eventually run in-silico experiments that provide valuable information on zebrafish behavior. Zebrafish research can help us learn about cognition, development, ecology, genetics and other areas of study.
Kevin appreciates the vast resources available at NYU and is excited by the opportunity to expand his knowledge in related areas by choosing to enroll in courses within other schools at the university. A course on statistical analysis of networks through the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development stands out in particular, since it offered exposure to topics of interest with which he had less familiarity. “The association with the larger NYU campus opens up the possibility of taking courses in a wide range of areas,” he says, “which helps in gaining a truly multidisciplinary education.”