Sean T. McQuade is persuading a Ph.D. in computational biology and background is in pure mathematics; he has a Bachelor’s from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He nearly finished a master’s degree in mathematics when he joined the Center for Integrative and Computational Biology (CCIB) at Rutgers Camden. He is driven to play a significant role in scientific research; this guided his decision to leave the master’s program and join the CCIB as a Ph. D. student. In the CCIB, he has gained experience using mathematical modeling techniques on metabolic networks and vehicular traffic, and he uses simulations and control theory to analyze these models.