Marly van Geel, Master's student of Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Marly van Geel, Master's student of Industrial and Applied Mathematics

'Astronauts have to deal with extremely high G-forces in space. As a result, there is less blood flow to the brain and more to the arms and legs, but exactly how that blood circulation changes remains something of a mystery to us. I intend to develop a model for that as my final project.

I have been interested in aviation and aerospace technology every since I was small. So last year I took the plunge and approached the ESA (European Space Agency) via the department to ask whether they had a project that I could work on to complete my studies. And I was in luck. These are precisely the issues that I enjoy solving using my mathematical knowledge: not the issues for which a ready-made solution is available, but the matters that you really need to get your teeth into.'