Where will your passion take you? For Frances Mackay, her devotion to science brought her across Canada to Western University. Recent recipient of the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society (CAIMS) Dissertation Award, Mackay’s outstanding abilities in research and strong communication skills have been acknowledged repeatedly throughout her academic career, having received three Governor General Awards.
Mackay joined the Western research community to pursue graduate studies in Physics and Astronomy under the supervision of Dr. Carol Jones and went on to carry out PhD research in Applied Mathematics. She addressed the challenge of modelling colloidal particles in complex fluids resulting in the development of a modelling package incorporating an algorithm to simplify existing models. The method developed was adopted into one of the most widely used molecular dynamics software packages on the planet and has had significant impact in the scientific community, opening new areas research and highlighting potential applications in industry.
An international authority in her area of research, Mackay’s depth of knowledge and ability to apply it to diverse problem-solving scenarios has facilitated the tackling of a number of scientific challenges with impressive results. Currently a researcher in Western’s Department of Applied Mathematics, Mackay hopes to continue scientific computation in her post-doctoral work.