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Short Biographies of the 2002 SIMU Staff

Ricardo Cortez, Computational Mathematics Applied to Fluid Motion Seminar Leader
Ricardo Cortez was born on the east side of Manhattan but moved to San Salvador, El Salvador at the age of 4.  After studying in a Jesuit school where Herbert's father used to teach, Ricardo returned to the United States to go to college at Arizona State University, where he received bachelors degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering (he did not know what he wanted to do).  Ricardo decided to
continue studying mathematics and in 1995, he received a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.  After a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University he moved to New Orleans in 1998, where he is an Assistant Professor.

Chris DuncanIntegrals: An Introduction to Research in Mathematics Seminar Associate
Chris was born and raised in upstate South Carolina.  After receiving his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg, he joined the Ph.D. program a Tulane University.  He is currently a second year student, and faces the task of narrowing his mathematical interests.  When his face isn’t in a book, Chris enjoys traveling, cheese, and music.  Lately, he has been obsessed with the roots of American music, such as pre-Sixties Blues, Folk, and Country.

Angela Gallegos, Computational Mathematics Applied to Fluid Motion Seminar Associate
Angela Gallegos was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up there, in New Mexico and in Texas.  She received her B.A. from New York University in 1999 (where she first worked with Dr. Ricardo Cortez) and is currently a Ph.D. student in Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Davis.  Her primary research interest is mathematical modeling in reproductive physiology.   However, she also enjoys biofluids and applications to some cellular processes.  Angela's other interests include triathlons, bouldering, reading, traveling and eating good food.  Some of these she shares with her husband Preston and her great big dog Roman!

Dante V. Manna, Integrals: An Introduction to Research in Mathematics Seminar Associate

Dante grew up in western Massachusetts, and graduated from Wesleyan University (CT) in 2001 with a B.A. in Mathematics and an East Asian Studies minor.  He plans to receive a Ph.D. from Tulane University in 2006.  Dante's interests include discrete math, physics, logic, language, psychology, music, food, and travel.  In his spare time, he likes to sing and write music.  Dante is also fluent in Mandarin and can make a mean Gong Bao Ji Ding (spicy chicken with peanuts).    

Herbert A. Medina, SIMU Co-Director

Herbert A. Medina was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the United States at the age of eight. He received his B.S. in Mathematics/Computer Science (1985) from UCLA, and his Ph.D. in Mathematics (1992) from UC Berkeley.  He is currently Associate Professor of Mathematics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA.  His research interests center on functional analysis, classical analysis, harmonic analysis, ergodic theory, and wavelets; among his other mathematical hobbies are linear algebra and continued fractions.  One of his other passions is working on projects that aim to increase the participation of historically underrepresented groups in mathematics and the sciences.  His non-mathematical hobbies include running, biking, history (esp. American and Latin American), Latin American and Chicano literature, and eating lots of good food.

Victor H. Moll, Integrals: An Introduction to Research in Mathematics Seminar Leader

Victor Hugo Moll Becker was born in Santiago, Chile.  His interest in mathematics were observed by his elementary school teachers that encourage him to pursue a career in engineering.  After realizing that he was not able to put wires together, he became a mathematics major at Universidad Santa Maria in Valparaiso.  He arrived in the U.S. in 1980 to study mathematics at the Courant Institute, New York University.  His advisor was Henry P. McKean.  At the Courant Institute he met his (future) wife Lisa J. Fauci and, after a brief postdoctoral work at Temple University,  they joined the Department of Mathematics at Tulane University in 1986.  They have two sons: Alexander (12) and Stefan (8).

Ivelisse Rubio, Co-Director
Ivelisse M. Rubio was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She received her B.S. (1984) and M.S. (1988) in Mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras and her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University in January 1998. Ive is currently Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Puerto Rico-Humacao. Her research interests are Gröbner bases and its applications, in particular applications to error-correcting codes. She loves the beach and Afro-Caribbean music.

Alexander Villacorta, Computational Mathematics Applied to Fluid Motion Seminar Associate
Alex Villacorta is a SIMU '99 alumnus.  He is a first generation Salvadoran born and raised in Southern California.  He did his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan and majored in Mathematics and Economics.  He is currently in his second year of graduate school at the University of Colorado and will receive his Masters degree in Applied Mathematics in May of 2002.  He has also been a teaching assistant for Calculus 1,2, 3 and Differential Equations courses.  His future plans include completing his doctorate degree, obtaining an industry position and further expanding his own business, endarte.

 

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2002 SIMU Students

 

Last 
Name

First 
Name

Middle
Initial

University

1

Aleman

Benjamin

J.

University of Oregon

2

Bailey

Jamie

N.

Westminster College

3

Briscoe

Margaret

S.

Tulane University

4

Brooker

Danielle

L.

Keuka College

5

Burke

Jamie

A.

University of California, Los Angeles

6

Cardona

Aaron

M.

Ouachita Baptist University

7

Del Valle

Oscar

 

Cosumnes River College

8

Flores

Heather

A.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

9

Gallegos

Angela

M.

University of California, Irvine

10

Gallardo

Apolinar Jr.

 

Los Angeles Valley College

11

Gallo

Christopher

N.

University of Chicago

12

Heckman

Danielle

L.

Keuka College

13

Jimenez

Laura

 

California State University, Fullerton

14

Lobaton

Edgar

J.

Seattle University

15

Medina

Luis

A.

Universidad de Puerto Rico - Humacao

16

Mendez-Diez

Stefan

M.

University of Chicago

17

Miranda

Jose 

G.

University of Puerto Rico - Cayey

18

Moncada

Sandra

E.

Texas A&M International University

19

Osorio

Maria

 

Mount Holyoke College

20

Perez

Alejandro

F.

University of California, Santa Barbara

21

Psemeneki

Tiffany

M.

Boston University

22

Rodriguez

Ubaldo

 

Unversity of Puerto Rico - Cayey

23

Shilling

Leah

N.

Slippery Rock University

24

Trujillo

Juan

C.

Cosumnes River College

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