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Alexandria Volkening (pronouns: she/her/hers) is currently an NSF-Simons Fellow in the NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology and the Department of Engineering Sciences & Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University. Starting in August 2021, she will be an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering (by courtesy) at Purdue University. Prior to her time at Northwestern, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Mathematical Biosciences Institute at Ohio State University for two years. She received her PhD in Applied Mathematics at Brown University in May 2017 with Björn Sandstede and her BS in Mathematics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2011. Her research is in applied mathematics, dynamical systems, and mathematical biology. With an application-driven perspective, she combines predictive modeling and analysis to better understand diverse areas in complex systems and emergent behavior, including pattern formation, election dynamics, and crowd movement.