I am a Chicana mathematician, born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in the United States. Currently, I am an assistant professor at the California State University, East Bay.
I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico to a proud traditional Mexican family. My father acquired legal residency and then citizenship to the United States. Through the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1996, I inherited citizenship. My parents have given me many gifts, but citizenship to the United States has been one of the most impactful ones.
My family and I lived for some years in Fort Worth, Texas and Las Vegas, Nevada before settling down in the golden state---California. For the most part I grew up in the California Central Valley. The California Central Valley produces 1/4 of the Nation's food, 40% of the Nation's fruits, nuts, and is one of the worlds most notable structural depressions (check out USGS for more). The Central Valley is also were I first fell in love with puzzle solving.
After graduating from high school, I spent two years at Modesto Junior College and then transferred to California State University, Stanislaus. There I earned a BS in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. As an undergraduate I participated in the 2011 MSRI-UP summer research program. During this summer in the Berkeley hills surrounded by a diverse group of peers and mentors, I decided I needed to earn a PhD in mathematics.
In 2012 I began the PhD program at UC, Riverside. I earned a Masters degree in 2012 and a PhD in June 2018. I am now an Assistant Professor at California State University, East Bay in Hayward, California. I'm excited to be a part of the CSU system and to usher in a new generation of diverse mathematicians.
What You Can Find Here.
My CV is below. Check out what I've been up to.
In the Research Experience section you can find more about my research. My work is in the intersection of functional analysis and fractal geometry (called noncommutative fractal geometry). You can find a rather "grown up" description of my work in this section.
The Fractal Dimension section has a description of a basic concept in fractal geometry that is accessible to undergraduates.
The Undergraduate Research section contains a description of the undergraduate research projects I supervised in the Springs of 2015 and 2016. I have included a detailed description of how I planned/structured the project from Spring 2016 on the study of non-integer (fractal) dimensions.
Please check out the Teaching Experience section to know more about my experiences as a teaching assistant and as an Associate Instructor. There you can find examples of worksheets and activities that I have designed for my classes. You can also find an example of a Jeopardy review game that I made for one of my calculus classes.
The Professional Activities section will tell you about my experience with programs like PUMP (Preparing Undergraduate through Mentorship towards PhD's) for which I was a teaching assistant. You can also find a bit about conferences on fractal geometry like the Cornell Fractals 6 conference.