Professional AssociationsProfessional Associations: Asia Pacific Consortium of Mathematics for Industry | Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM) | Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS) | International Association of Wildland Fire
Melanie is a research scientist with the Physical Analytics team at IBM Research - Australia, focussing on weather impacted operations. In particular, Melanie works on integrating modelling with a weather forced component applicable to emergency management, agriculture and insurance industries. Her current work is focussed on developing models to understand household-based risk from bushfires in the peri-urban environment, and of developing models of impact of hail on crops.
Melanie is the Chair of the Victorian Branch of ANZIAM (Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics), a division of the Australian Mathematical Society, and the returning officer for the ANZIAM executive.
Melanie's background is in applied mathematics, having received a PhD from the University of Western Australia in the area of asymptotics and fluid dynamics. In addition, Melanie has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the areas of mathematics, education and science communication. In 2013 Melanie served on the Smarter Cities Challenge team "Enhancing Multi-agency Interoperability and Community Awareness: Smarter Disaster Management Systems for the 21st Century" to the City of Gold Coast.