Mathematical Sciences

Department News

Dr. Larry Lesser was presented with the 2010 Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics Award of the Southwestern Section of the Mathematical Association of America at its annual meeting. Lesser became the third UTEP faculty member (joining Bill Kaigh and Art Duval) to win this award and now becomes the Section's nominee for the (national) MAA Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College of University Teaching of Mathematics which will be announced later in 2010.

Eduardo Cervantes won the Club Zero Problem Solving Competition (with 7 accurate solutions being the maximum number of correct solutions submitted) and he will be participating in the National Problem Solving Competition at Math Fest 2010, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 5-7. Congratulations!

CPS student Miguel Hernandez IV won the "Outstanding Scientific Presentation in Engineering and Physics" at the Sixth Annual Minority Serving Institution Research Partnership Consortium Conference held at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland April 15, 2010.

Miguel was also invited to present a poster at the DOD High-Performance Computing Modernization Program 2010 Users Group Conference to be held in Schaumburg, Ill, June 14-17, 2010. His work will be published in IEEE-CS Conf. Proceedings this year.

The department welcomes new Chair and Professor, Dr. Maria Christina Mariani.

Dr. Mariani comes to UTEP from New Mexico State University. Her areas of research are Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations, Mathematical Finance, Mathematical Physics.


We welcome new faculty this semester:

  • Dr. Son-Young Yi, Assistant Professor in the Computational Science program.
  • Nada Al-Hanna, Lecturer.
  • Grace Babarinsa, Lecturer.
  • Walter Bales, Lecturer.
  • Pia Beccar-Varela, Lecturer.
  • Fan Chen, Lecturer.
  • Willie Heredia, Lecturer.
  • Snehanashu Saha, Lecturer.
  • Lawrence Swienciki, Lecturer.
  • Sandra Villa, Lecturer.

Mathematics graduate student Jennifer Hamlyn (BS Math, '09) and Statistics graduate student Angel Davalos (BS Math, '08) were selected to receive substantial "Bridge to the Doctorate" scholarships from the National Science Foundation, as part of a grant awarded to Dr. Helmut Knaust and Dr. Benjamin Flores (Electrical Engineering).

For more information on "Bridge to the Doctorate" scholarships, visit the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) website.

Bioinformatics Computing Laboratory (BCL), a new Core Facility of BBRC, was awarded funding from BBRC's NIH Grant #2G12RR008124 to establish bioinformatics research support services in the border region. Dr. Ming-Ying Leung is the BCL Core Director.

The Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC) of UTEP obtained a new grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to 2014 in the amount of 12.3 million. The Statistical Consulting Laboratory (SCL) is a Core Unit of BBRC and was awarded $720,000 of support for the next five years. Dr. Moschopoulos, SCL director, is the PI in the BBRC/SCL project.

The Statistical Consulting Laboratory (SCL) was awarded a renewal of a yearly contract with The William Beaumont Army Medical Center (WBAMC) of the US Army. The amount of the award is $76,000. Dr. Moschopoulos, SCL director is the PI in the SCL project, Dr. Julia Bader is the consultant.