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AlvaradoDr. Alejandra Alvarado is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and the Graduate Coordinator at Eastern Illinois University. She received her doctorate in Mathematics in 2009 from Arizona State University. Her research interests are in number theory and Diophantine equations. She travels the country giving talks and organizing programs to create opportunities in Mathematics for women and other students from populations historically underrepresented in the mathematics sciences.

 

MartinezDr. Delil Martinez teaches Statistics at CSU Channel Islands. She earned her Licenciatura (B.S. equivalent) from ITAM in Mexico City and her Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield in the UK. Her interest in Statistics was sparked after attending an international conference organized partly by some of her professors at ITAM, where it became evident how vast and varied the applications of Statistics can be. In fact, her Ph.D. dissertation revolved around an application of Bayesian statistics to Archaeological research! Dr. Martinez truly enjoys interacting with students and collaborators, and her always positive nature is an asset to her research team.

 

Martinez AvendanoDr. Rubén A. Martínez-Avendaño is a Professor of Mathematics at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo, in Pachuca, Hidalgo, México. Prior to taking a position at UAEH, he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto where he became an expert on Hankel Operators. After his PhD, he held a postdoctoral position at Michigan State University for a few years, before taking his current position in Mexico. He spent the 2015-16 academic year teaching at George Mason University. Dr. Martínez-Avendaño's quick wit and focus on students makes him a favorite professor and research mentor!

 

SittingerDr. Brian Sittinger has taught at CSU Channel Islands since 2007. Prior to taking a position at CI, he earned his Ph.D. at the University of California Santa Barbara. Dr. Sittinger has mentored both undergraduate and masters level research students. Although he is a number theorist, his mathematical interests include most things from Calculus to Complex Analysis as well as Abstract Algebra. Dr. Sittinger is an avid biker who more often than not spotted roaming the local mountains.

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Other Faculty Associated with the 2015 CI Mathematics REU

These faculty will be directing and organizing various aspects of the REU, leading some of the workshops, and providing occasional feedback to students.

 

leonardDr. Kathryn Leonard, an Associate Professor of Mathematics at CSU Channel Islands, has already developed an impressive track record of mentoring undergraduates through research projects and finding funding to support these undergraduates. Many of her former students are now pursuing Ph.D.s in the mathematical sciences. Her work is in Image Analysis, specifically the mathematics of computer vision. Dr. Leonard is a recipient of the NSF's prestigious CAREER Award, granted to the most promising young investigators.

 

WyelsDr. Cynthia Wyels is a Professor of Mathematics at CSU Channel Islands. Her primary professional focus to date has been on teaching and mentoring undergraduates. She has worked with undergraduates on mathematical research since 1995, her first year in academia. At least 65 of her students have presented posters or given talks at mathematical conferences, and some won scholarships and other recognition of their research projects. Dr. Wyels is a recipient of the MAA's 2012 Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

 

garciaDr. Jorge Garcia is a Professor of Mathematics at CSU Channel Islands. He is known for his wide range of research interests, his work with local schools, and his 24/7 mentoring of mathematics and other university students. Dr. Garcia earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in Mexico and taught there for a few years before moving to Madison, Wisconsin, where he earned his Ph.D. He is the driving force behind the CSU Channel Islands – Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo Mathematics Partnership.

 

BanuelosDr. Selenne Bañuelos is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at CSU Channel Islands.  She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC) in the Summer of 2013. Dr. Bañuelos is committed to increasing the access to higher education in STEM fields for women and underrepresented minorities. During her graduate studies she was a founding  member of the first Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) chapter at USC.  Her work is in applied mathematics, more specifically, in biological mathematical models.

 

FloresDr. Cynthia Flores is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at CSU Channel Islands. She earned her Ph.D. From UC Santa Barbara in the Spring of 2014. As a first-generation college attendee, her interest in a career in mathematics was triggered by participating in a summer research project in which she co-authored a manuscript titled “Numerical Simulation of Potential Fluid Flow using the Finite Element Method.” Throughout her career, Dr. Flores has worked to increase the diversity of STEM disciplines through mentoring and grassroots activities.