Nagarani Ponakala

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Nagarani Ponakala is a senior lecturer in Mathematics specializing in Applied Mathematics at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, Jamaica, West Indies. She is a member of the Mathematical Modelling (physiological fluid dynamics) group and is also the coordinator for the B.Sc in Mathematics and Modelling Processes Programme. Since childhood, she had an immense love for teaching. She always felt proud and fulfilled to be a teacher and in particular to see her students doing extremely well in their life. She is an active member in her school alumni.

Nagarani Ponakala was born in Ganapavaram Village, Andhra Pradesh (AP), India where she completed her school education. She then went to St. Ann’s Junior college for girls, Narsaraopet, AP, India to pursue her Pre-University Course (PUC). She received her B.Sc. degree from Nagarjuna University, AP, India specializing in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry (MPC), and was awarded the M.Sc., M.Phil and Ph.D degrees in Applied Mathematics from Sri Padmavati Women’s University, Tirupati, AP, India.

After completing her Ph.D, she moved to the Vignan’s group of Engineering colleges, AP, India and joined as an Assistant Professor in Mathematics. In 2007, she joined as a lecturer in Mathematics at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, Jamaica. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2012. She is a member of the Scientific Research Committee, Office of Sponsored Research, UWI, Mona, Jamaica. She is also a member of several scientific societies including the: Caribbean Academy of Sciences (CAS), American Mathematical Society (AMS), Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) , The Indian Society of Theoretical And Applied Mechanics (ISTAM), Andhra Pradesh Society for Mathematical Sciences (APSMS). She also serves as a reviewer for several journals and external examiner for several universities.

Ponakala, is an Applied Mathematician and working in the field of physiological fluid dynamics. She works on modelling and simulation of the physiological situations and develops theory these situations under normal and pathological situations. Her research group is working primarily on: i) determining the mechanisms underlying the occurrence and treatment of cardiovascular diseases for example the situation of atherosclerosis and in the case of cardiac catheterization ii) development of mathematical models in finding the dispersion coefficient and concentration of a solute in mass transport in cardiovascular flows iii) modelling and simulation of peristaltic transport of physiological fluids. Her work results, 14 international journal publications, one book chapter, 3 refereed conference proceedings and several conference abstracts.

At UWI, she has been actively involved in different departmental activities. She has introduced an undergraduate programme, a B.Sc in Mathematics and Modelling Process which aims to produce graduates with a good basic foundation in mathematics and in addition to equip them with knowledge and skills required to construct and analyse mathematical models of real-world phenomena in serving the needs of the Caribbean employers. She has also introduced several undergraduate and graduate courses. She was instrumental in the curriculum reform of courses from 4 credits to 3 credits. She also served as a member in Faculty Academic Quality Assurance Committee (AQuAC) committee for the year 2011-12. She guided one Ph.D and one M.Phil projects and is currently supervising two Ph.D students. She also supervised several undergraduate projects. She has been coordinating several activities in the department including examinations, research projects, computer lab, etc.. She has also achieved several honors and awards include, best teacher, best research publication and also several medals for her excellence in under graduation and graduation.

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