In this blog post, we asked one of our alumni, Younes Chahlaoui, a few questions about his time with the Numerical Linear Algebra Group.
Please can you introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your experience before working at the University of Manchester?
I obtained my licence in Applied Mathematics from the University Chouaib Doukkali in my hometown El Jadida, Morocco. Then I got a CIUF grant to do a DEA and a Ph.D. in Mathematical Engineering at INMA, ICTEAM, Polytechnical school at UCLouvain, Belgium. I worked with Prof. Paul Van Dooren.
The title of my Ph.D. is “Low-rank approximation and model reduction.” The central part of my research dealt with developing recursive algorithms for computing low-rank approximations of Gramians of LTI systems that we can use to form reduced models or compute some systems norms. Some of these algorithms are in the SLICOT package.
I did a Postdoc at FSU, Tallahassee, working with Prof. Kyle Gallivan, before working as visiting researcher in different Moroccan universities for three years.
I moved to Manchester in January 2008 for a 4yrs Postdoc within the CICADA EPSRC project.
Why did you choose to take a postdoctoral position in Manchester?
I received the CICADA job announcement and applied. Prof. Nick Higham contacted me for the interview. Working with the NLA group and all CICADA teams was a challenge. The international reputation of the NLA group helped me a lot then and after.
How did you find Manchester?
It was an invaluable experience for my family and me. Even after leaving Manchester in December 2011, we still have many good friends there. My boys are hoping to do their studies at the University of Manchester.
Can you tell us about your career since leaving Manchester?
Since January 2012, I have been working at the Department of Mathematics at King Khalid University, Abha, KSA. Since 2014, I have supervised 4 M.Sc. students, and I am actively participating in developing new academic programs within the department.
What is your current role?
Since the beginning of 2021, I have overseen the Quality & Academic Development (Q&D) unit at the College of Science. We have applied for the National Center for Academic Accreditation and Evaluation accreditation of 4 B.Sc. and 4 M.Sc. programs, awaiting decision soon (June 2022).
I am American Institute of Professional Studies (AIPS) accredited as a consultant in Quality Management System (ISO 9001-2015) and European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM).
Now I am a member of many committees at different levels at the university related to Learning Outcomes, KPIs, and accreditations.