Bilyana joins us this July from the Physics and Astronomy Department of Johns Hopkins University, where she was researching protein layer mechanics, after earning an MA in Mathematics and a BS in Physics. As a graduate student, Bilyana was a project manager at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, leading a team that researched better algorithms to aid the modeling of plasma in nuclear fusion reactions. Bilyana was a teaching assistant for Linear Algebra, Differential Equations and Physics, and she was president of the Ex Numera Math Club. She was executive director of the SLAM Hip Hop Dance Team, having danced competitively throughout her teens. As an undergraduate, Bilyana performed research at New York University’s Center for Soft Matter Research, studying the Thermal Marangoni Effect. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Bilyana grew up there and in Germany, Canada and Rhode Island. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and traveling.