Matea Santiago Bio

I am a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Arizona. I received my PhD. in applied mathematics at the University of California, Merced. My research focus is computational fluid dynamics, fluid-structure interactions, and concentration dynamics with moving source terms.

My work straddles the intersection between mathematics, physics, biology, and computer science, and interdisciplinary collaboration is central to my interests. I am broadly interested in applying numerical methods to real-world interdisciplinary problems. More specifically, I seek to understand organismal morphology and behavior through the lens of organism-fluid interactions. I have studied 1) soft coral pulsing, 2) jellyfish swimming, and 3) airflow around cacti.

I am passionate about mentoring. I have supervised and co-supervised five undergraduate projects, including mentoring summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs), developing a project-driven independent study course, and working with hired undergraduate researchers. I have mentored graduate student research and have been a peer mentor within my graduate group. Additionally, I have participated in panels and events to encourage undergraduate women to pursue graduate school. DEI work is central to my role as a researcher, educator, and mentor. I am committed to supporting underserved populations in mathematics and broader contexts.

I have programming experience in MATLAB, C++, and FORTRAN. I am familiar with Git and version control software, LaTex, and UNIX platforms. I have experience with industry software ANSYS, CAD software, Autodesk Fusion 360, Meshmixer, and Coreform Cubit.