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Richard A. Tapia
University Professor
University Professor, Maxfield-Oshman Chair in Engineering, and Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics
 
e-mail:rat@rice.edu
 
  • Ph.D. Mathematics (1967) University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • M.A. Mathematics (1966) University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • B.A. Mathematics (1961) University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
 
Primary Department
   Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics
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    Websites
     Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing
     Richard Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity
     Blackwell Tapia Conference 2012
     Empowering Leadership @ Rice
     Empowering Leadership Alliance
     Richard Tapia Website
     Tapia Center
     Empowering Leadership @ Rice
     Empowering Leadership Alliance
     Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing 2011
     Richard Tapia Website
     Blackwell Tapia Conference 2010
     Empowering Leadership @ Rice
     Empowering Leadership Alliance
     Richard Tapia website
     Empowering Leadership Alliance
     Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing 2009
     Richard Tapia Website
     Blackwell Tapia Conference 2008
     Empowering Leadership Alliance
     Richard Tapia Website
     Empowering Leadership Alliance
     Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing 2007
     Richard Tapia Website
     
    Research Areas
     Computational sciences
     
    Research Interests
     Computational sciences in general. In particular mathematical optimization theory and iterative methods for nonlinear problems. Current research is in the area of algorithms for constrained optimization problems and interior-point methods for linear and nonlinear programming.
     
    Research Statement
     Computational sciences in general. In particular mathematical optimization theory and iterative methods for nonlinear problems. Current research is in the area of algorithms for constrained optimization problems and interior-point methods for linear and nonlinear programming.
     
    Computational sciences
     Computational sciences in general. In particular mathematical optimization theory and iterative methods for nonlinear problems. Current research is in the area of algorithms for constrained optimization problems and interior-point methods for linear and nonlinear programming.
     
    Computational sciences
     Computational sciences in general. In particular mathematical optimization theory and iterative methods for nonlinear problems. Current research is in the area of algorithms for constrained optimization problems and interior-point methods for linear and nonlinear programming.
     
    Teaching Areas
     General area of optimization theory
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    The American Mathematical Monthly, 120(6): 500-518

     
     

    On Averaging and Representation Properties of the BFGS and Related Secant Updates "Mathematical Programming Series A." Submitted

     
     

    The Isoperimetric Problem Revisited: Extracting a Short Proof of Sufficiency from Eruler's 1744 Approach to Necessity "The American Mathematical Monthly." Submitted

     
     

    Optimization Methods and Software 27(4-5):  919-929

     
     

    O. Guler, F. Gurtuna, and O. Shevchenko "Variational problems in quasi-Newton methods." SIAM Journal on Optimization (2006)

     
     Articles
     

    Joanna Papakonstantinou and Richard Tapia "Origin and Evolution of the Secant Method in One Dimension." The American Mathematical MonthlyIn Press

     
     

    Richard Tapia "On Averaging and Representation Properties of the BFGS and Related Secant Updates." Math Programming Series ASubmitted

     
     

    Joanna Papakonstantinou and Richard Tapia "Origin and Evolution of the Secant Method in One Dimension." The American Mathematical MonthlySubmitted

     
     

    Broadening Participation Hiring and Developing Minority Faculty at Research Universities, Viewpoints:  Communications of the ACM, March 2010, Vol 53, No 3

     
     

    Computing Research News, November 2009, Vol 21, No 5

     
     

    Minority Students and Research Universities:  How to overcome the 'mismatch', Commentary, The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 27, 2009, Vol 55, Issue 29, Page A72

     
     

    L. Melara, T. Kearsley, R. A. Tapia "Augmented Lagrangian Homotopy Method for the Regularization of Total Variation Denoising Problems." JOTA Paper 133/2/02 (May 2007) In Press

     
     

    D. Jamrog, G. Phillips, R. Tapia, and Y. Zhang "A Global Optimization Method for the Molecular Replacement Problem in X-ray Crystallography." Mathematical Programming, Series B, published online (May 3, 2005)

     
     

    R. Tapia, T. Guerrero, K. Sanders, J. Noyola-Martinez, E. Castillo, Y. Zhang, R. Guerra, Y. Borghero, and R. Komaki "Quantification of Regional Ventilation from Treatment Planning CT." Int. J. Radiation Oncology Biol. Phys, 62 (3) (2005) : 630-634.

     
     

    R. Tapia and J.E. Dennis "Inverse, Shifted Inverse, and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration as the Projected Newton Method." 

     
     

    R. Tapia and M. El-Hallabi "A Global Convergence Theory for Arbitrary Norm Trust-Region Methods for Nonlinear Equations." Submitted

     
     

    R. Tapia and M. El-Hallabi "An Inexact Trust-Region Feasible-Point Algorithm for Nonlinear Systems of Equalities and Inequalities." 

     
     

    R. Tapia and M. El-Hallabi "Global Convergence of a Primal-Dual Interior-Point for Nonlinear Systems of Equalities and Inequalities." 

     
     

    R. Tapia and Z. Parada "Computational Experience of an Augmented Lagrangian for Nonlinear Programming as a Merit Function in a Primal-Dual Interior-Point Method." 

     
     

    R. Tapia, H. Yabe, and H.J. Martinez "On Sizing and Shifting the BFGS Update within the Sized Broyden Family of Secant Updates." Submitted

     
     

    R. Tapia, M.R. Celis, and J.E. Dennis "An Algorithm Based on a Convenient Trust-Region Subproblem for Nonlinear Programming." 

     
     

    R.A. Tapia, Y. Zhang Zhijun Wu, George Phillips "A Fast Newton's Method for Entropy Maximization in Phase Determination." SIAM Review, 57 (6) (2002) : 681-685.In Press

     
     

    R.A. Tapia, Y. Zhang, Diane Jamrog "Comparison of Two Sets of First-Order Conditions as Bases of Interior-Point Newton Methods for Optimization with Simple Bounds." Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, 113 (1) (2002) In Press

     
     

    R.A. Tapia, Y. Zhang, M. Cristina Villalobos "The Local Behavior of Newton's Method on Two Equivalent Systems from Linear Programming ." Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, 112 (2) (2002) : 239-263.In Press

     
     Books
     

    As a member of The National Academies Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy; Committee on Underrepresented Groups and the Expansion of the S&E Workforce Pipeline "Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads." In Press

     
     

    R. Tapia "An Introduction to Mathematical Optimization Theory." 

     
     Refereed conference papers
     

    Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering, 10: 5-6, 1669-1672

     
     Other
     

    R. Tapia "Assessing and Evaluating the Evaluation Tool - The Standardized Test." Synthesis and Proceedings of the Thrid Annual NISE Forum

     
     

    R. Tapia and J.E. Dennis "Inverse, Shifted Inverse, and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration as the Projected Newton Method ."  (In Preparation)

     
     

    R. Tapia and M. Argaez "Global Convergence of a Primal-Dual Interior-Point Newton Method for Nonlinear Programming Using a Modified Augmented Lagrangian Function ."  (In Preparation)

     
     

    R. Tapia and M. Argaez "On the Global Convergence of a Modified Augmented Lagrangian Linesearch Interior-Point Newton Method for Nonlinear Programming." Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, 114 (2001)

     
     

    R. Tapia and M. El-Hallabi "A Global Convergence Theory for Arbitrary Norm Trust-Region Methods for Nonlinear Equations ."  (Submitted)

     
     

    R. Tapia and M. El-Hallabi "An Inexact Trust-Region Feasible-Point Algorithm for Nonlinear Systems of Equalities and Inequalities ."  (In Preparation)

     
     

    R. Tapia and Z. Parada "Computational Experience of an Augmented Lagrangian for Nonlinear Programming as a Merit Function in a Primal-Dual Interior-Point Method ."  (In Preparation)

     
     

    R. Tapia, C. Villalobos, and Y. Zhang "The Local Behavior of Newton's Method on Two Equivalent Systems from Linear Programming ." Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, 112 (2002) : 239-263.

     
     

    R. Tapia, D. Jamrog, and Y. Zhang "Comparison of Two Sets of First-Order Conditions as Bases of Interior-Point Newton Methods for Optimization With Simple Bounds." Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, 113 (2002)

     
     

    R. Tapia, H. Yabe, and H.J. Martinez "On Sizing and Shifting the BFGS Update within the Sized Broyden Family of Secant Updates ."  (Submitted)

     
     

    R. Tapia, L. Velazquez, G. Phillips, and Y. Zhang "Selective Search for Global Optimization of Zero or Small Residual Least-Squares Problems: A Numerical Study." Computational Optimization and Applications, 20 (2001) : 299-315.

     
     

    R. Tapia, M.R. Celis, and J.E. Dennis "An Algorithm Based on a Convenient Trust-Region Subproblem for Nonlinear Programming ."  (In Preparation)

     
     

    Richard Tapia Cynthia Lanius "Underrepresented Minority Achievement and Course Taking - The Kindergarden - Graduate Continuum." 

     
     

    A. Kearsley, R. Tapia, and M.Trosset "The Solution of the Metric STRESS and SSTRESS Problems in Multidimensional Scaling Using Newton's Method." Computational Statistics, vol. 13 (1998) : pp. 369-396.

     
     

    D. Cores and R. Tapia "Perturbation Lemma for Newton?s Method with Application to the SQP Newton Method." Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, vol. 97 (1998)

     
     

    M. Gonzalez-Lima, F. Potra, and R. Tapia "On Effectively Computing the Analytic Center of the Solution Set by Primal-Dual Interior-Point Methods." SIAM Journal on Optimization, vol. 8 (1998)

     
    Presentations
     Conference Committee Member
     

    "Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference." Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, Washington, DC. (February 7-10)

     
     

    "Engineering Speed-Student Day." 49th Annual Houston Autorama, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas. (November 2008)

     
     

    "Presentation to the Committee on Underrepresented Groups and the Expansion of the Science and Technology Workforce Pipeline." The National Academies, Washington, DC. (October 2008)

     
     

    "50 years of Alternating Direction Methods: Honoring the Contributions of Douglas Peaceman Rachford." Rice University, Houston, Texas. (November 2005)

     
     Invited Papers
     

    "What Universities Still Do Not Understand about Race in America." Doctoral Education and the Faculty of the Future, 2006-2007 CHERI Policy Research Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. (October 2006) With Cynthia Johnson

     
     Invited Talks
     

    "Crisis in Higher Education:  The Need for New Understanding and New Leadership." Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (February 27-March 2)

     
     

    "Crisis in Higher Education:  The Need for New Understanding and New Leadership." College Career Counseling, Grand Hall, RMC, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (October 1)

     
     

    "Crisis in Higher Education:  The Need for New Understanding and New Leadership." MGE@MSA, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona. (March 4)

     
     

    "Crisis in Higher Education:  The Need for New Understanding and New Leadership." Rice School Mathematics Project, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (February 2)

     
     

    "Crisis in Higher Education: The Need for New Leadership." Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium, Department of Mathematics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. (January 21)

     
     

    "Dr. Richard Tapia, My Story:  Who am I?." Energy Explorations Academy, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (June 28)

     
     

    "Dr. Richard Tapia, My Story:  Who am I?." Gear Up - Student Leadership Conference, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (May 19)

     
     

    "Dr. Richard Tapia, My Story:  Who am I?." Ahora Student Day, Latino Magazine, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (March 6)

     
     

    "Dr. Richard Tapia, My Story:  Who am I?." XSEDE 13 Gateway to Discovery, San Diego, California. (July 21-26)

     
     

    "Dr. Richard Tapia, My Story:  Who am I?." Mellon Mays Program, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (February 5)

     
     

    "Inverse, Shifted Inverse, and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration as Newton's Method." West Coast Optimization Meeting, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. (May 4)

     
     

    "Inverse, Shifted Inverse, and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration as Newton's Methods." Congreso Mathematico de las Americas, Guanajuato, Mexico. (August 9)

     
     

    "Math at Top speed: Exploring and Breaking Myths in the Drag Racing Folklore." MathAcrossCampus, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. (May 3)

     
     

    "Mathematics is Cool: Improving the Quality of My Non-Professional Life." NWRC Cash Family Distinguished Lecture, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. (July 30)

     
     

    "New Student Reception." New student reception, Hispanic Association for Cultural Enrichment (HACER), Rice University, Houston, Texas. (August 17)

     
     

    "STEM Education Crisis:  Understanding the Needs to Ensure Diversity and Inclusion Toward US Competitiveness in the Technical Fields." Boeing Leadership Development, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (December 11)

     
     

    "The Isoperimetric Problem Revisited: Extracting a Short Proof of Sufficiency from Euler's 1744 Proof of Necessity." Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (February 27-March 2)

     
     

    "The Isoperimetric Problem Revisited: Extracting a Short Proof of Sufficiency from Euler's 1744 Proof of Necessity." University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. (January 21)

     
     

    "The Road Ahead." Commencement Address, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. (June 13)

     
     

    "Crisis in Academia:  The Need for New Leadership." Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. (March 2012)

     
     

    "Crisis in HIgher Education:  The Need for New Leadership." Hispanic Heritage Month, Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas. (October 2012)

     
     

    "Crisis in Higher Education:  The Need for New Understanding." President Diaz-Herrera Inauguration, Keuka College, Keuka, New York. (May 2012)

     
     

    "Crisis in Higher Education:  The Need for New Understanding." 10th Annual Disparities in Health in America: Working Toward Social Justice Workshop, Houston, Texas. (June 2012)

     
     

    "Crisis in Texas Higher Education: The Need for New Leadership." Undergraduate Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Texas, Austin, Texas. (April 2012)

     
     

    "Everything that You Need to Know about Classes of Secant Updates." IX Brazilian Workshop on Continuous Optimization, Luiz Correia, Pinaui, Brazil. (August 2012)

     
     

    "Hispanic Alumni College." Society of Latinos At Rice (SOLAR) Hispanic Alumni College Centennial Celebration Program, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (September 2012)

     
     

    "How Will We Rise to the Challenge of Educating the Next Generation?." Stephen F. Austin High School White Rose Luncheon, University of Houston, Houston, Texas. (May 2012)

     
     

    "Inverse, Shifted Inverse, and Raleigh Quotient Iteration as Newton's Method." The International Conference on the Frontier of Computational and Applied Mathematics: Tony Chan's 60th Birthday Conference, IPAM, Los Angeles, California. (June 2012)

     
     

    "Math at Top Speed:  Exploring and Breaking Myths in Drag Racing Folklore." Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. (March 2012)

     
     

    "Nuestro Futuro." Latino Education Conference "Nuestro Futuro", Washington, DC. (September 2012)

     
     

    "The Isoperimetric Problem Revisited:  Extracting a Short Proof of Sufficiency from Euler's 1744 Proof of Necessity." SIAM National Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

     
     

    "The Need for New Leadership:  Crisis in Texas Higher Education." Learning Activities for Mature People (LAMP), University of Texas, Austin, Texas. (April 2012)

     
     

    "The Need for New Leadership:  Crisis in Texas Higher Education." International Space School Education Trust (ISSET) Leadership Program, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (May 2012)

     
     

    "The Need for New Leadership:  Crisis in Texas Higher Education." TACHE Conference, Galveston, Texas. (February 2012)

     
     

    "The Need for New Leadership:  Crisis in Texas Higher Education." Martin Luther King Celebration, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. (February 2012)

     
     

    "The Precious Few:  Why Are There So Few?." Blackwell Memorial Conference, Washington, DC. (April 2012)

     
     

    "Crisis in Higher Education, Fifth Annual Mathematical Field of Dreams Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ." (October 2011)

     
     

    "Crisis in Texas Higher Education: The Need for New Leadership, Something New for Lunch, Rice University, Houston, Texas." (December 2011)

     
     

    "Educating The Nation’s Future Innovators 2011 APS-IPPC Joint Meeting Honolulu, Hawaii." (August 2011)

     
     

    "Educating the Nation’s Future Innovators - The Role of HBCUs and HSIs The Department of Defense Western Regional HBC/MI Meeting, Houston, Texas." (June 2011)

     
     

    "Engaging Students with Exciting Math Applications IRACDA Conference, Baylor, Houston, Texas." (June 2011)

     
     

    "Failure for CSCI 299, Rice University, Houston, Texas." (March 2011)

     
     

    "RUSMP Summer Program, Rice University, Houston, Texas." (June 2011)

     
     

    "Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program (RUSP), Rice University, Houston, Texas." (March 2011)

     
     

    "Summer Math Days, Rice University, Houston, Texas." (June 2011)

     
     

    "The Need for New Leadership: Crisis in Higher Education, More Graduate Education at Mountain States Alliance (MGE@MSA), Albuquerque, NM." (September 2011)

     
     

    "The Need for New Leadership: Crisis in Higher Education, Presidential Lecture on Diversity,University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois." (October 2011)

     
     

    "The Need for New Leadership: Crisis in Texas Higher Education, ELA/RCEL, Rice University, Houston, Texas." (September 2011)

     
     

    "The Need for New Leadership: Crisis in Texas Higher Education, ExxonMobil Global Organization for the Advancement of Latinos, Petroleum Club of Houston, Houston, Texas." (December 2011)

     
     

    "Presentation at the Blackwell-Tapia Conference." Blackwell-Tapia Conference, Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI), Columbus, OH. (November)

     
     

    "Remarkable Isoperimetric Problem and the Euler-Lagrange Equation Revisited." Stanford Operations Research Seminar Series, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. (March)

     
     

    "The Remarkable Isoperimetric Problem and the Euler-Lagrange Equation Revisited." Department of Mathematics Colloquium Series, Rice University, Houston, TX. (April)

     
     

    "The Remarkable Isoperimetric Problem and the Euler-Lagrange Equation Revisited." Deprtment of Mathematics Colloquium Series, University of Houston, Houston, TX. (April)

     
     

    "The Remarkable Isoperimetric Problem and the Euler-Lagrange Equation Revisited." Department of Mathematics Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, TX. (May)

     
     

    "Yet Two More Bumps in the Road to Equitable Representation in Higher Education." Community Dialogue Luncheon, Rice University, Houston, TX. (March)

     
     

    "Yet Two More Bumps in the Road to Equitable Reprsentation in Higher Education." Seminar on Underrepresentation and the Matheamtical Sciences, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA. (January)

     
     

    "Contemporary Challenges to Increasing Representation in Research and Leadership Positions." 15th Annual Conference for African-American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences (CAARMS15), Rice University, Houston, Texas. (June)

     
     

    "Heavy Metal." Summer Math Days, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (June)

     
     

    "Invited Talk." Faculty Doctoral Mentoring Institute, MGE@MSA, Reno, Nevada. (November)

     
     

    "Invited Talk." Diversity Symposium, Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, Georgia. (September)

     
     

    "Math at Top Speed: Exploring and Breaking Myths in the Drag Racing Folklore." Engineering Bridge Program (ENGI 101), Rice University, Houston, Texas. (July)

     
     

    "Math at Top Speed: Exploring and Breaking Myths in the Drag Racing Folklore." Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, Georgia. (September)

     
     

    "The Remarkable Life of the Isoperimetric Problem: The World’s Most Influential Mathematics Problem." 15th Annual Conference for African-American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences (CAARMS15), Rice University, Houston, Texas. (June)

     
     

    "Community College: A Path to Many Places." Houston Community College¿s Annual Faculty Conference, Houston, Texas. (February 2008)

     
     

    "Inverse, Shifted Inverse, and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration as Newton's Method." Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Texas-El Paso, El Paso, Texas. (October 2008)

     
     

    "Math and Science Education for All: A Challenge to the Greatness of Texas." Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. (February 2008)

     
     

    "Optimization: The Cradle of Contemporary Mathematics." Fifth Blackwell-Tapia Conference, Hosted by the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, Research Triangle Park, NC. (November 2008)

     
     

    "RACE for an Engineering Career Day." Rice University, Houston, Texas. (March 2008)

     
     

    "Welcome Address." Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) Summit, Houston, Texas. (July 2008)

     
     

    "Academic Diversity: A Look at Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Higher Education." US Congress, Washington, DC. (October)

     
     

    "Academic Diversity: A Look at Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Higher Education." National Press Club, Washington, DC. (October)

     
     

    "Inverse, Shifted Inverse, and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration as Newton's Method." Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico. (January)

     
     

    "Inverse, Shifted Inverse, and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration as Newton's Method." Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado. (March)

     
     

    "Math Faculty Representation: New Games Bring New Challenges." Mathematics Leadership Institute (MLI), Houston, Texas. (June)

     
     

    "Math and Science Educationfor All: A Challenge to the Greatness of Texas." The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST), Baker Institute, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (October)

     
     

    "Math at Top Speed: Exploring and Breaking Myths in the Drag Racing Folklore." Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Carriage House Mathematical Sciences Conference Center Opening Celebration, Washington, DC. (April)

     
     

    "Math is Cool." Broadening Participation and Retaining Undererepresented Students in STEM and Computing Conference, University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA),Los Angeles, California. (November)

     
     

    "Mentoring Underrepresented Minority Graduate Students." Minority Graduate Education at Mountain State Allliance Faculty Doctoral Mentoring Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. (April)

     
     

    "On Sizing and Shifting the BFGS Update within the Sized-Broyden Family of Secant Updates." 8th US-Mexico Workshop in Optimization and its Applications, Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico. (January)

     
     

    "Promoting Students' Appreciation for Math Through Application to Very Cool Activities." Third Annual Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. (November)

     
     

    "Promoting Students' Appreciation for Math through Applications to Very Cool Activities." Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California. (January)

     
     

    "Promoting Students' Appreciation for Math through Applications to Very Cool Activities." Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado. (March)

     
     

    "Prompting Students' Appreciation for Math Through Applications to Very Cool Activities." Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing 2007, Orlando, Florida. (October)

     
     

    "STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Leadership: Where are the Hispanics?." American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Costa Mesa, California. (March)

     
     

    "The Minority -Majority Achievement Gap: How Do We Close It?." Mathematics Leadership Institute (MLI), Houston, Texas. (June)

     
     

    "Underrepresentation: What American Universities Still Do not Understand about Race in America." University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. (March)

     
     

    "Underrepresentation: What American Universities Still Don't Understand About Race." Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California. (January)

     
     

    "Challenges and Successes in Providing Quality Science and Math Education for All Our Children." 2nd International Conference on Youth & Education, Corpus Christi. (May 2006)

     
     

    "Challenges in Providing Quality Education in Science and Mathematics for All Children." TeacherTECH 2006 Awareness Day, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (June 2006)

     
     

    "Computing Alliance for Hispanic – Serving Institutions Advisory Board Meeting." University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas. (December 2006)

     
     

    "Diversity versus Underrepresentation." RUSMP/MLI, Pin Oak Middle School, Houston, Texas. (June 2006)

     
     

    "Diversity, Innovation, and our Scientific and Technological Workforce." SIAM Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts. (July 2006)

     
     

    "Education for All: Successes and Challenges." UK Education Group Visit, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (October 2006)

     
     

    "Examining the Minority-Majority Achievement Gap." UK Education Group Visit, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (April 2006)

     
     

    "Hispanics and the Challenges of Texas." Hispanic Heritage Month, Kinkaid School, Houston, Texas. (September 2006)

     
     

    "Inverse, Shifted Inverse, and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration as Newton's Method." International Conference on Numerical Analysis and Optimization dedicated to M.J.D. Powell's 70th Birthday, Beijing, China. (September 2006)

     
     

    "Judging Performance: The Hispanic Perspective." Hispanic Heritage Month NIH-Hispanic, Employee Organization (HEO) Celebration, Bethesda, Maryland. (October 2006)

     
     

    "Maintaining the Health of the Nation through Diverse Workforce." Diversity Summit 2006, Sugar Land, Texas. (April 2006)

     
     

    "Math Culture and Minority Success." Leadership Workshop: Finding and Keeping Diverse Graduate Students in the Mathematical Sciences, AIM Research Conference Center (ARCC), Palo Alto, California. (December 2006)

     
     

    "Math is Cool." Blackwell-Tapia Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (November 2006)

     
     

    "Math is Cool." Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES), University of Houston, Houston, Texas. (October 2006)

     
     

    "Math is Cool." Arlington Independent School District, Arlington, Texas. (May 2006)

     
     

    "Math is Cool." Yes College Preparatory Southeast, Houston, Texas. (April 2006)

     
     

    "Mathematics is Cool." RUSMP/MLI, Pin Oak Middle School, Houston, Texas. (June 2006)

     
     

    "Mentoring Underrepresented Minority Graduate Students." Faculty Mentoring Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada. (February 2006)

     
     

    "Minority Mathematics Professor: A Round Peg in a Square Hole." HLSAMP Conference, Texas State University, Houston, Texas. (November 2006)

     
     

    "Promoting Innovation Through Increased Diversity." NSF & the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) joint Town Hall Meeting, Washington, D. C.. (May 2006)

     
     

    "Promoting Students' Appreciation for Math through Applications to Very Cool Activities." Mathematical Association of America, Mathfest 2006, Knoxville, Tennessee. (August 2006)

     
     

    "Texas Education Issues." Jewish Community Center, Houston, Texas. (April 2006)

     
     

    "Texas Education Issues." Rice Women's Center, Houston, Texas. (April 2006)

     
     

    "The Changing Demographics of California and Texas and its Impact on Public Education." RUSMP/MLI, Pin Oak Middle School, Houston, Texas. (June 2006)

     
     

    "Underrepresentation: What Universities Still Don't Understand About Race." CITI@20 Technical Symposium, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (December 2006)

     
     

    "What Universities Still Do Not Understand about Race in America." Doctoral Education and the Faculty of the Future, 2006-2007 CHERI Policy Research Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. (October 2006)

     
     

    "A Lifetime of Diversity: Challenges, Successes, and Rewards." Center for Subsurface Modeling, University of Texas, Austin, Texas. (March 2005)

     
     

    "A Lifetime of Diversity: Challenges, Successes, and Rewards." COMPACT for Faculty Diversity, 2005 Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, Arlington, Virginia. (October 2005)

     
     

    "A Lifetime of Diversity: Challenges, Successes, and Rewards." RUSMP/MLI, Pin Oak Middle School, Houston, Texas. (June 2005)

     
     

    "A Lifetime of Diversity: Challenges, Successes, and Rewards." University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, California. (September 2005)

     
     

    "Diversity is Stepping on the Toes of Underrepresentation." Quarterly Community Dialogues, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (November 2005)

     
     

    "Education Today: Challenges and Successes." Society of Rice University Women, Houston, Texas. (October 2005)

     
     

    "Education for All: Successes and Challenges." UK Educational Group, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (October 2005)

     
     

    "Examining the Minority-Majority Achievement Gap." UK Educational Group, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (February 2005)

     
     

    "Examining the Minority-Majority Achievement Gap." RUSMP/MLI, Pin Oak Middle School, Houston, Texas. (June 2005)

     
     

    "Fusing Art and Mathematics through Cars." Alma Public Schools, Alma, Michigan. (April 2005)

     
     

    "Inverse, Shifted Inverse, and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration as Newton's Method." Department of Mathematics, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, California. (September 2005)

     
     

    "Inverse, Shifted Inverse, and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration as Newton's Method." Distinguished Minority in Engineering Scholars Lecture Series, Northwestern University, Chicago Illinois. (March 2005)

     
     

    "Inverse, Shifted Inverse, and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration as Newton's Method." Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. (August 2005)

     
     

    "Luncheon Speaker." Diversity Day, SIAM Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana. (July 2005)

     
     

    "Math at Top Speed: Exploring and Breaking Myths in the Drag Racing Folklore." Annual Meeting of the Michigan Section of the MAA, Alma College, Alma, Michigan. (April 2005)

     
     

    "Math at Top Speed: Exploring and Breaking Myths in the Drag Racing Folklore." Cesar Chavez Birthday Celebration, Scottsdale, Arizona. (April 2005)

     
     

    "Math at Top Speed: Exploring and Breaking Myths in the Drag Racing Folklore." CAAM Graduate Seminar, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (January 2005)

     
     

    "Mentoring Underrepresented Minority Graduate Students." COMPACT for Faculty Diversity, 2005 Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, Arlington, Virginia. (October 2005)

     
     

    "Mentoring Underrepresented Minority Graduate Students." Minority Graduate Education at Mountain State Alliance (MGE@MSA) Faculty Mentoring Institute. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. (April 2005)

     
     

    "On Sizing and Shifting the BFGS Update within the Sized-Broyden Family of Secant Updates." MSRI Special Lecture, Berkeley, California. (September 2005)

     
     

    "Promoting Students' Appreciation for Math through Applications to Very Cool Activities ." Milby Yes Visit, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (June 2005)

     
     

    "Promoting Students' Appreciation for Math through Applications to Very Cool Activities ." South Texas Science Academy Visit, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (June 2005)

     
     

    "Promoting Students' Appreciation for Math through Applications to Very Cool Activities ." NCTM Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California. (April 2005)

     
     

    "Promoting Students' Appreciation for Math through Applications to Very Cool Activities ." RUSMP/MLI, Pin Oak Middle School, Houston, Texas. (June 2005)

     
     

    "Reflections on the Achievement Gap." RUSMP/MLI, Pin Oak Middle School, Houston, Texas. (June 2005)

     
     

    "Science Research at your Service: Several Exciting Examples." Research Day, University of Texas at Brownsville, Brownsville, Texas. (April 2005)

     
     

    "Success For All: Its Contradictions and Challenges." TeacherTECH '05 Awareness Day, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (June 2005)

     
     

    "Success and Failures of K-12 High Stakes Testing: A Study of Recent Testing in Texas." Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan. (April 2005)

     
     

    "Successes and Challenges in Diversifying Rice, Research Universities, and the National Scientific Workforce." University Professor Lecture, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (November 2005)

     
     

    "A Lifetime of Diversity: Challenges and Successes." CIRTL Conference, Madison, Wisconsin. (August 2004)

     
     

    "A Lifetime of Diversity: Challenges, Successes, and Rewards." Blackwell-Tapia Conference and Prize Presentation, Los Angeles, California. (October 2004)

     
     

    "Examining the Minority-Majority Achievement Gap." UK Educational Group, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (April 2004)

     
     

    "Fusing Art and Mathematics through Cars." Burbank Middle School Group, Houston, Texas. (March 2004)

     
     

    "Fusing Art and Mathematics through Cars." Say YES to Engineering Program, Houston, Texas. (February 2004)

     
     

    "Fusing Art and Mathematics through Cars." Vision 2004, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (February 2004)

     
     

    "Inverse, Shifted Inverse, and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration as Newton's Method." International Joint Meeting of the AMS and the Sociedad Mathematica Mexicana (SMM), Houston, Texas. (May 2004)

     
     

    "Inverse, Shifted Inverse, and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration as Newton's Method." Math Colloquium, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. (April 2004)

     
     

    "Issues and Opportunities in Underrepresented Populations." NAE Committee on Diversity in the Engineering Workforce, Washington D.C.. (June 2004)

     
     

    "Math at Top Speed: Breaking Myths in the Drag Racing Folklore." University of Arizona Public Lecture, Tucson, Arizona. (April 2004)

     
     

    "Mathematics is Everywhere in My Real Life." Milby High School/YES Summer Workshop, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (June 2004)

     
     

    "Mathematics is Everywhere in my Real Life." South Texas Science Academy Workshop, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (May 2004)

     
     

    "Mentoring Underrepresented Minority Graduate Students." Minority Graduate Education at Mountain State Alliance (MGE@MSA) Faculty Mentoring Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. (March 2004)

     
     

    "Motivational Talk." Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (May 2004)

     
     

    "Motivational Talk." H-LSAMP 4th Annual Student Presentation Conference, Houston, Texas. (October 2004)

     
     

    "Politically Incorrect, Fast Pitch, Hardball or Asking the Hard Questions about Diversity in Computing: An Inquisition of Richard Tapia." CRA Conference, Snowbird, Utah. (July 2004)

     
     

    "Promoting Teacher Leadership through University Collaboration." UK Educational Group, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (February 2004)

     
     

    "Success For All: Its Contradictions and Challenges." TeacherTech '04 Awareness Day, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (July 2004)

     
     

    ""Inverse, Shifted Inverse, and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration as Newton's Method." California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California. (May 2003)

     
     

    "Examining the Minority-Majority Achievement Gap." UK Educational Group, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (February 2003)

     
     

    "Interpreting the Classical Inverse, Shifted, Inverse, and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration Methods as a Standard Formulation of Newton¿s Method from the Nonlinear Programming Literature." Department of Mathematics, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. (February 2003)

     
     

    "Inverse, Shifted Inverse, and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration as Newton's Method." Purdue University, West Lafaytte, Indiana. (June 2003)

     
     

    "Inverse, Shifted Inverse, and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration as Newton¿s Method." Department of Mathematics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. (March 2003)

     
     

    "Leadership, Education, and Diversity." Texas Leadership, Education, and Diversity Conference at Jones Graduate School of Management, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (August 2003)

     
     

    "Math at Top Speed: Breaking Myths in the Drag Racing Folklore." Rice University, Houston, Texas. (September 2003)

     
     

    "Math at Top Speed: Breaking Myths in the Drag Racing Folklore." University of Texas - Pan American Mathematics Department, Edinburg, Texas. (October 2003)

     
     

    "Math at Top Speed: Breaking Myths in the Drag Racing Folklore." Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas. (September 2003)

     
     

    "Math at Top Speed: Mathematical Insights in BMX Bicycle and Drag Racing." Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. (April 2003)

     
     

    "Math at Top Speed: Mathematical Insights into BMX Bicycle and Car Drag Racing ." Houston Community College Central Campus, Houston, Texas. (March 2003)

     
     

    "Mathematics is Everywhere in My Real Life." Department of Mathematics, University of Texas El Paso, El Paso, Texas. (September 2003)

     
     

    "Maximizing the Impact on Higher Education." GEM/NACME "Engineering Collaborations" Conference, Houston, Texas. (May 2003)

     
     

    "Mentoring Underrepresented Minority Graduate Students." Third Annual Minority Graduate Education at Mountain States Alliance (MGE@MSA) Student Research Conference and Graduate Fair, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. (April 2003)

     
     

    "Mentoring Underrepresented Minority Graduate Students." Minority Graduate Education at Mountain State Alliance (MGE@MSA) Utah Faculty Mentoring Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah. (October 2003)

     
     

    "Minority Issues." Vision 2003, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (February 2003)

     
     

    "Post-Affirmative Action Challenges to Diversity in Higher Education." California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California. (May 2003)

     
     

    "Promoting Participation of Underrepresented Groups in Science and Engineering." Chevron Phillips Chemical Company,, Kingwood, Texas. (February 2003)

     
     

    "Some Applications in Mathematics in My Real Life." Eastwood Academy, Houston, Texas. (February 2003)

     
     

    "Some Mathematical Insights into Car and Bicycle Racing." MAA/AMS Joint Mathematics Meetings, Baltimore, Maryland. (January 2003)

     
     

    "Success for All: A Personal and National Challenge." 2003 Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) Conference, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (July 2003)

     
     

    "Success for All: Its Challenges and Contradictions." University of New Mexico AGEP, Socorro, New Mexico. (September 2003)

     
     

    "Success for all: A Personal and a National Challenge." IMPACT03, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. (March 2003)

     
     

    "Communication at the Heart of a Community for Underrepresented Minorities and Women in Graduate School." The Sixth Annual Writing Across the Curriculum 2002 Conference, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (March 2002)

     
     

    "Contributions to Session Two of the 1998 NISE Forum: Assessment and the Promotion of Change: Assessing and Evaluating the Evaluation Tool - The Standardized Test." Psychology 101 Testing Class, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (March 2002)

     
     

    "Creating Environments for Change." Sigma Xi Forum, Galveston, Texas. (November 2002)

     
     

    "Diversifying Computing: Its Successes, Challenges and Contradictions." 2002 All Hands Meeting ? "Expeditions for the Future", Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. (May 2002)

     
     

    "Diversifying Computing: Its Successes, Challenges, and Contradictions." MGE@MSA Doctoral Mentoring Institute, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. (September 2002)

     
     

    "Diversifying Computing: Its Successes, Challenges, and Contradictions." CRA Conference at Snowbird 2002, Snowbird, Utah. (July 2002)

     
     

    "Doctoral Mentoring of Underrepresented Students in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering." Minority Graduate Education at Mountain State Alliance (MGE@MSA) Faculty Doctoral Mentoring Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. (March 2002)

     
     

    "Houston's Diverse Culture." Diaz Music Institute Gala, Houston, Texas. (April 2002)

     
     

    "How Computation is Changing Science and Mathematics." A Texas Leadership Conference: Using Modeling, Visualization, and Data Management as Tools for Transferring Current Research into High School Mathematical Sciences, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (March 2002)

     
     

    "If It Is Fast and Effective, It Must Be Newton's Method." Department of Mathematics, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington. (February 2002)

     
     

    "Interpreting the Classical Inverse, Shifted, Inverse, and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration Methods as a Standard Formulation of Newton?s Method from the Nonlinear Programming Literature." 2nd Annual McMaster Optimization Conference: Theory and Applications (MOPTA 02), Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA. (August 2002)

     
     

    "Minority Mathematics Professor: Confessions of a Round Peg in a Square Hole." Issues for Ethnic Minorities and Women in Science and Engineering Lecture Series, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. (February 2002)

     
     

    "National Science Foundation: Priorities and Opportunities." 2002 Governor's Conference on Science, Technology, and Mathematics Education, Leading Texas to the Next Level: No Child Left Behind and Beyond, Austin, Texas. (November 2002)

     
     

    "No Child Left Behind: Its Anticipated Successes, Challenges, and Contradictions." Holland Lecture, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington. (February 2002)

     
     

    "On a Mathematical Formulation and Solution of the Fair-Lane Assignment Problem in Bicycle Motocross Racing." Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering Colloquium, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (November 2002)

     
     

    "Some Mathematical Insights Related to Automobile Drag Racing." Conference and Prize in Honor of David Blackwell and Richard A. Tapia, MSRI, Baltimore, Maryland. (November 2002)

     
     

    "Some Mathematical Insights in BMX Bicycle and Drag Racing." University of Houston, Houston, Texas. (April 2002)

     
     

    "Success for All: Its Contradictions and Challenges." The Annual RSI Systemic Leadership Institute Conference, RSI Systemic Leadership Institute, Corpus Christi, Texas. (June 2002)

     
     

    "The History of RAMAS." RAMAS 30th Anniversary Celebration, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (November 2002)

     
     

    "Your Future." Hogg Middle School, Houston, Texas. (April 2002)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    "Crisis in Higher Education:  The Need for New Understanding." 2012 Diversity Summit, Sugarland, Texas. (May 2012)

     
     

    "Presentation to the Doctoral Mentoring Institute." MGE@MSA Doctoral Mentoring Institute, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. (October)

     
     

    "Presentation to the Faculty Postdoctoral Mentoring Institute." Second Annual Arizona MGE@MSA Faculty Postdoctoral Mentoring Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (January)

     
     

    "Presentation to the MBI-COSI-Metro High Public Lecture Series." Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI), Columbus, OH. (November)

     
     

    "Presentation to the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Career Forum." Natural Sciences and Mathematics Career Forum, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX. (November)

     
     

    "Science, Technology, and Diversity for a Sustainable Future Global Excellence." Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA. (September)

     
     

    "The Browning of America:  Cause for Celebration or Concern?." National Hispanic Heritage Month, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA. (October)

     
     

    "Invited Talk." SACNAS Conference Leadership Institute, Dallas, Texas. (October)

     
     

    "Bringing Our Research Home: Activist Scholarship for Systemic Change." 2008 Ford Fellows¿ Conference, Washington, DC. (September 2008)

     
     

    "Promoting Students' Appreciation for Math Through Applications to Very Cool Activities." SACNAS National Conference 2007, Kansas City, Kansas. (October)

     
     

    "Diversity, Innovation, our Scientific and Technological Workforce, and You." Research Alliance in Math and Science, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Knoxville, Tennessee. (August 2006)

     
     

    "Diversity, Innovation, our Scientific and Technological Workforce, and You." Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Technical Forum (MLEF), Houston, Texas. (August 2006)

     
     

    "Math at Top Speed: Exploring and Breaking Myths in the Drag Racing Folklore." Regents' Lecturer, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, California. (March 2006)

     
     

    "Underrepresentation, Diversity, and the Workforce in Science and Engineering." Regents' Lecturer, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, California. (March 2006)

     
     

    "Mathematics is Everywhere in My Real Life." Title V Mathematics Workshop, Houston Community College, Houston, Texas. (August 2005)

     
     

    "Promoting Appreciation for Mathematics through Applications to Very Cool Activities." Kitchen Lecture, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan. (April 2005)

     
     

    "STEM Leadership in the 21st Century: Are You Willing to Lead?." 2005 National Science Foundation Intern Summit, National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. (July 2005)

     
     Lectures
     

    "Barrera Student Group Visit." Teacher and student campus visit, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (June 2012)

     
     

    "Crisis in Texas Higher Education:  The Need for New Leadership." Families Weekend, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (September 2012)

     
     

    "From Cars to Math and Back to Cars." EMERGE Fellows Visit, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (December 2012)

     
     

    "Fusing Art and Mathematics through Cars:  The Construction of a Psychedelic Show Car Video." Unconvention Day, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (April 2012)

     
     

    "Fusing Art and Mathematics through Cars:  The Construction of a Psychedelic Show Car Video." Young Owl Leadership Program, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (June 2012)

     
     

    "Math at Top Speed:  Exploring and Breaking Myths in Drag Racing Folklore." Rice University, Houston, Texas. (February 2012)

     
     

    "Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program (RUSP)." Rice University, Houston, Texas. (January 2012)

     
     

    "SHPE Freshman Welcome." Rice University, Houston, Texas. (August 2012)

     
     

    "The Need for New Leadership:  Crisis in Texas Higher Education." International Space School Education Trust (ISSET) Leadership Program, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (February 2012)

     
     

    "Presentation to the SOC314 "Science at Risk"." Rice University, Houston, TX. (November)

     
     

    "Fusing Art and Mathematics Through Cars: The Construction of a Psychedelic Show Car Video." Bailey Middle School Visit, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (April 2008)

     
     Other
     

    "Commencement speaker, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles, California." (June 2011)

     
     

    "Commencement Address." University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, TX. (May)

     
     

    "Commencement Address." University of Nevada-Reno, Reno, NV. (December)

     
     

    "Latina Voices:  Smart Talk Show on PBS." Houston, TX. (August)

     
     

    "Presentation to the International Space School Education Trust (ISSET)." UK Group Visit, Duncan Hall, Rice University, Houston, TX. (February)

     
     

    "Education for All: Successes and Challenges." ISSET Visitors-UK, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (February)

     
     

    "The Flaws in the Mismatch Theory." U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC. (September 2008)

     
     

    "The Road Ahead." Claremont Graduate University Commencement Address, Claremont, California. (May 2008)

     
     

    "Cars and Education: A Good Fit." 48th Annual Houston AUTORAMA, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas. (November)

     
     

    "Education for All: Success and Challenges." ISSET Educational Group Visit, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (April)

     
     

    "Participant." Public and Research Advisory Committee Meeting, Austin, Texas. (September 2005)

     
     

    "Participant." EPIC All Hands Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico. (October 2005)

     
     

    "Participant." EPIC Leadership Team Meeting, Washington, DC. (March 2005)

     
     

    "Reactor for the paper entitled It's Not Rocket Science: 25 Years of Successful Latino Student Advancement and the Prospects for 25 Years More." by Gary Keller, and Antonio G. Garcia, which will appear in the July 2006 issue of The Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, Latino Achievement in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Invitational Conference, Princeton, New Jersey. (November 2005)

     
     

    "Welcome Address." SOLAR Homecoming, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (November 2005)

     
     

    "Welcome Address." Latin American Experience 2005 Gala, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas. (February 2005)

     
     

    "Welcome Address." Costa Rica Alternative Spring Break Fundraiser, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (January 2005)

     
     

    "Let's Tackle the Hard Questions." Engineering Bridges Symposium, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (January 2003)

     
     

    "Minority Issues." Say Yes to Engineering, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (February 2003)

     
     

    "Post-Affirmative Action Challenges to Diversity in Higher Education." AGEP Summer Program, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (June 2003)

     
     

    "Some Applications in Mathematics in My Real Life." Role Model Program, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (May 2003)

     
     

    "Some Applications in Mathematics in My Real Life." " Milby High School/YES Summer Workshop, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (June 2003)

     
     

    "Some Applications in Mathematics in My Real Life." South Texas Science Academy Workshop, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (June 2003)

     
     

    "Congressional Testimony." BEST (Building Engineering and Science Talent) Leadership Meeting on Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. (September 2002)

     
     

    "Promoting Teacher Leadership through University Collaboration." CEE International Visitor Session, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (October 2002)

     
     

    "Burbank Middle School Visit (invited speaker)." Rice University, Houston, TX. (October 2001)

     
     

    "Computational Science in K-12." Contemporary Topics in Computational Science Education Session, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. (July 2001)

     
     

    "Contemporary Successes, Challenges, and Contradictions in Diversifying Education (Invited Address)." Rice University Chinese-American Association, Rice University, Houston, TX. (November 2001)

     
     

    "Diversifying Computing: Its Successes, Challenges, and Contradictions." Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Symposium 2001, Houston, TX. (October 2001)

     
     

    "Diversity Awareness." Milby/YES Summer Visitation Program, Rice University, Houston, TX. (June 2001)

     
     

    "Diversity Awareness." South Texas Science Academy Summer Visitation Program, Rice University, Houston, TX. (June 2001)

     
     

    "Diversity and Underrepresentation at Rice and Beyond." Parents Weekend, Rice University, Houston, TX. (October 2001)

     
     

    "If it is Fast and Effective, It Must Be Newton's Method." Invited Kieval Lecture, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA. (March 2001)

     
     

    "Invited Address, United Way Scholars." Enron and United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, Houston, TX. (June 2001)

     
     

    "Invited Speaker, Hogg Middle School Visit." Rice University, Houston, TX. (October 2001)

     
     

    "Invited Speaker, Institute of Technology-Monterrey, Mexico Visit." Rice University, Houston, TX. (October 2001)

     
     

    "On Sizing and Shifting the BFGS Update Within the Sized Broyden Family of Secant Updates." 7th US-Mexico Workshop on Numerical Analysis, Yucatan, Merida, Mexico. (January 2001)

     
     

    "Open Discussion of Computational Science Education Topics." Contemporary Topics in Computational Science Education Session, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. (July 2001)

     
     

    "Promoting Participation of Underrepresented Groups in Science and Engineering." TeacherTECH '01 Awareness Day, Rice University, Houston, TX. (June 2001)

     
     

    "Serving as a Mentor and Collaborator in Your Discipline and at Your Institution." QEM/TSU Scholarly Productivity Workshop, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX. (March 2001)

     
     

    "Some Fundamental Issues in Affirmative Action, Admissions, Rentention, and Faculty Hiring." Alfred P. Sloan Engineering and Science Underrepresented Minority Ph.D Recruitment and Retention Conference, The City College of New York of The City University of New York, New York, NY. (April 2001)

     
     

    "Some Mathematical Insights Related to BMX Bicycle and Drag Racing Humboldt State University." Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA. (March 2001)

     
     

    "State of EOT-PACI." NPACI All Hands Meeting, San Diego, CA. (February 2001)

     
     

    "Texas K-12 Educational System: Should it be a National Model?." National Council for Supervisors in Mathematics, Orlando, FL. (April 2001)

     
     

    "The Fundamental Role of Interior-Point Methodology in Constrained Optimization." Department of Mathematical Science, The University of Texas - El Paso, El Paso, TX. (April 2001)

     
     

    "The Fundamental Role of Interior-Point Methodology in Constrained Optimization." Department of Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. (March 2001)

     
     

    "The Need for Minority Leadership at the National Level (invited speaker)." Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. (September 2001)

     
     

    "Welcome Address." GK-12 Fellows Reception, Rice University, Houston, TX. (May 2001)

     
     

    "What is Computation? How has it Changed the Way Science is Done?." TeacherTECH '01 Awareness Day, Rice University, Houston, TX. (June 2001)

     
     

    "Work Habits, Education, and Self Worth: Ingredients for Success." Joe Barnhart Lectureship, Beeville, TX. (April 2001)

     
     

    "Work Habits, Education, and Self Worth: Ingredients for Success." Travis Elementary School, Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) (Invited Speaker), Houston, TX. (February 2001)

     
     

    "If It Is Fast, Must It Always Be Newton?s Method?." University of Wisconsin - Department of Mathematics, Madison, WI. (April 2000)

     
     

    "If It Is Fast, Must it Always be Newton?s Method?." Blackwell-Tapia Distinguished Lecture Series, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. (May 2000)

     
     

    "If It Is Fast, Must it Always be Newton?s Method?." University of Colorado - Boulder, Boulder, CO. (September 2000)

     
     

    "Mathematical Insights in BMX Bicycle and Car Drag Racing." CITI Lecture Series, Rice University, Houston, TX. (April 2000)

     
     

    "An Introduction to Computational Optimization Theory." Mathematics and Statistics Scientific Symposia, SACNAS National Meeting, Portland, Oregon. (October 1999)

     
     

    "Historical Development of the Mathematical and Computational Sciences." J. Ernest Wilkins Jr. Lecture, MathFest IX, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas. (October 1999)

     
     

    "On the Fundamental Role of Interior-Point Methodology in Constrained Optimization." Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. (September 1999)

     
     

    "On the Fundamental Role of Interior-Point Methodology in Constrained Optimization." T.J. Watson Research Center, IBM. (December, 1999)

     
     

    "On the Fundamental Role of Interior-Point Methodology in Constrained Optimization." Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico. (September 1999)

     
     

    "Some Mathematical Insights Into Car and Bicycle Racing." The I.E. Block Community Lecture, SIAM Optimization and Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia. (May 1999)

     
     

    "Some Mathematical Insights into BMX Bicycle and Drag Racing." keynote address, SACNAS National Meeting, Portland, Oregon. (October 1999)

     
     

    "A Pyramid of Mentoring." Achieving Graduate Diversity Conference , Berkeley, CA. (September 1998)

     
     

    "Diversifying the Student Body in a Post Hopwood Era: The Rice Experience ." Achieving Graduate Diversity Conference, Berkeley, CA. (September 1998)

     
     

    "Diversifying the Student Body in a Post Hopwood Era: The Rice Experience ." Boston University, Boston, MA. (November 1998)

     
     

    "Mentoring for the 21st Century." Mentoring for the 21st Century: A Symposium, Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring Program , Washington, DC. (September 1998)

     
     

    "National Agenda and Societal Issues Affecting Contemporary Mathematics Education." Rice University School Mathematics Project , Houston, TX. (June 1998)

     
     

    "National Agenda and Societal Issues Affecting Contemporary Mathematics Education ." 1998 SHPE Region V RSLC, Houston, TX. (November 1998)

     
     

    "On the Fundamental Role of Interior-Point Methodology in Constrained Optimization." CITI Distinguished Lecture Series, Houston, TX. (October 1998)

     
     Panelist
     

    "Panel Discussion." Town Hall Meeting - Friends of the American Latino Museum, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (May 14)

     
     

    "Choosing the Right Advisor-STEM." Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (September 2012)

     
     

    "Panel discussion." Alumni College Diversity Panel, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (March 2012)

     
     

    "Educating Texas’ Future Innovators 8th Annual Conference of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) Austin, Texas." (January 2011)

     
     

    "The Need for New Leadership: Crisis in Higher Education, Fall Joint Meeting Texas Section of TSAPS, SPS and AAPT, Texas A&M University, Commerce, Texas." (October 2011)

     
     

    "It's All About Math." American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) 5th Annual National Conference, Costa Mesa, CA. (March)

     
     

    " The Status of Hispanics in America: Challenges and Opportunities." American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) Conference, San Antonio, Texas. (March)

     
     

    "Constitution Day Event - Affirmative Action: Past, Present and Future." Baker Institute Student Forum, Rice University, Houston,Texas. (September)

     
     

    "Professionalism Panel." 2007 Academic Workshop for Underrepresented Participants(assitant faculty, associate faculty, and senior doctoral students), Taxas A&M University, College Station, Texas. (November)

     
     

    "Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position." A Workshop for Women in Science and Engineering, ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Program, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (October 2006)

     
     

    "Pulmonary Function Imaging from 4D CT for Radiation Oncology." PIONEER Meeting, Trevisio Restaurant, Houston, Texas. (June 2006)

     
     

    "The Road to Maturity and Leadership in the Computing Community." Second Academic Workshop for Underrepresented Junior Faculty, College Station, Texas. (October 2006)

     
     

    "USA Immigration: Truths and Myths." Rice University, Houston, Texas. (April 2006)

     
     

    "Leadership: A Diverse Perspective." Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Symposium 2005, Albuquerque, New Mexico. (October 2005)

     
     

    "Politically Incorrect, Fast Pitch, Hardball Or Asking the Hard Questions about Diversity in Computing: An Inquisition of Richard Tapia." Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Symposium 2003, Atlanta, Georgia. (October 2003)

     
     

    "Rice's Diverse Culture." National Campus Diversity Project Visit, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (November 2002)

     
     

    "Sciences & Engineering Education." "Science and Engineering Education," Space: A Critical Issues Workshop, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (May 2002)

     
     Seminar Speaker
     

    "Presentation to the Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program." Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program (RUSP) , Rice University, Houston, Texas. (January 29)

     
     

    "The BFGS Secant Update as a Simple Average Update, Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics Graduate Seminar, Rice University, Houston, Texas." (March 2011)

     
     

    "The Historical Development of the Rice CAAM Department, Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University, Houston, Texas." (March 2011)

     
     

    "Optimization: The Cradle of Contemporary Mathematics." Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (January)

     
     

    "Promoting National Leadership." Empowering Leadership Texas Meeting, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (April 2008)

     
     

    "Math at Top Speed: Exploring and Breaking Myths in the Drag Racing Folklore." SIAM Rice Chapter, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (September 2006)

     
     

    "Minority Mathematics Professor: A Round Peg in a Square Hole?." Berkeley Diversity Research Initiative Seminar, University of California-Berkeley. (March 2006)

     
     Workshops
     

    "From the Barrios of Los Angeles to the National Medal of Science at the White House." 2013 Undergraduate STEM Research Symposium, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (January 26)

     
     

    "Crisis in Higher Education:  The Need for New Leadership." XSEDE 12 Bridging from the eXtreme to the Campus and Beyond, Chicago, Illinois. (July 2012)

     
     

    "In Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery, What Role Will You Play? XSEDE Meeting, SC11 Conference, Seattle, Washington." (November 2011)

     
     

    "Institutional Leadership and the Problem of Underrepresentation in STEM, AAAS Access and Diversity Workshop, Rice University, Houston, Texas." (December 2011)

     
     

    "Engineering Speed." Student Day, 50th Annual Houston Autorama, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas. (November)

     
     

    "If It’s Fast It Must Be Newton’s Method." International Conference on Computational and Information Sciences (ICCIS), University of Houston, Downtown, Houston, Texas. (May)

     
     

    "Math at Top Speed: Exploring and Breaking Myths in the Drag Racing Folklore." 2009 Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Summer Program, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (June)

     
     

    "Math is Cool." Hispanic Male Summit, Lone Star College, North Harris, Kingwood, Texas. (April)

     
     

    "The Remarkable Life of the Isoperimetric Problem: The World's Most Influential Mathematics Problem." Mathematics Leadership Institute, Pin Oak Middle School, Houston, Texas. (June)

     
     

    "Underrepresentation: External Factors." Mathematics Leadership Institute, Pin Oak Middle School, Houston, Texas. (June 2008)

     
     

    "Underrepresentation: Internal Factors." Mathematics Leadership Institute, Pin Oak Middle School, Houston Texas. (June 2008)

     
     

    "Demographics of Country and State." Rice-Houston Alliance for Graduate Educatioin and the Professoraite (AGEP) Faculty Workshop, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (April)

     
     

    "A Lifetime of Diversity: Challenges, Successes, and Rewards." Minorities & Applied Mathematics Workshop/University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (April 2005)

     
     

    "Graduate Student Workshop on Diversity." Diversity Day, SIAM Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana. (July 2005)

     
     

    "Mentoring Underrepresented Minority Graduate Students: A Faculty Workshop." Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana. (May 2005)

     
     

    "Workshop on Broadening Participation in Computing." Workshop on Broadening Participation in Computing, Washington D.C.. (October 2004)

     
     

    "Say "Yes" to a Youngster's Future Math, Science, and Technology Workshop." HISD Engineer Activity Week, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (February 2002)

     
     

    "Success for All: Its Contradictions and Challenges." TeacherTECH'02, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (June 2002)

     
     

    "Success for All: Its Contradictions and Challenges." South Texas Science Academy Workshop, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (June 2002)

     
     

    "Success for All: Its Contradictions and Challenges." Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), Rice University, Houston, Texas. (June 2002)

     
     

    "Success for All: Its Contradictions and Challenges." Milby High School/YES Summer Workshop, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (June 2002)

     
    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Genetha Gray, Ph.D. A Variational Study of the Electrical Impedance Tomography Problem. (2002) (Committee Member)

     Diane Jamrog, Ph.D. A New Global Optimization Strategy for the Molecular Replacement Problem. (2002) (Committee Member)

     Zhen Wang, Ph.D. A Generalized Trust Region SQP Algorithm for Equality Constrained Optimization. (2003) (Committee Member)

     Mohammad Jaber Borran, Ph.D. Non-coherent and Partially Coherent Space-Time Constellations. (2003) (Committee Member)

     Musie Ghebremichael, Ph.D. Bivariate Mean Residual Life Function. (2003) (Committee Member)

     Mohammad Ali Khojastepour, Ph.D. Practical Considerations in Mathematical Modeling of Communication Systems and Networks. (2003) (Committee Member)

     Jacob Chakareski, Ph.D. Rate-Distortion Optimized Streaming and Modeling of Packetized Video. (2003) (Committee Member)

     Leticia Benitez, M.A. Stabilizing and Accelerating Inverse Iteration with Numerical Experimentation. (2004) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Timothy A. Redl, Ph.D. A Study of University Timetabling that Blends Graph Coloring with the Satisfaction of Various Essential and Preferential Conditions. (2004) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Powtawche Williams, Ph.D. The Optimization of Interplanetary Trajectories to. (2005) (Committee Member)

     Jong Soo¿ Lee, Ph.D. Aspects of Functional Data Inference and Its Applications. (2005) (Committee Member)

     Mackale Joyner, Masters Improving Object Inlining for High-Performance Java Scientific Applications. (2005) (Committee Member)

     Vinod Kumar, Ph.D. No title. (2005) (Co-Director)

     Victor Udoewa, Ph.D. Computational Techniques for Aerodynamic Interactions between Multiple Objects with Emphasis on Paratrooper-Aircraft Separation. (2005) (Co-Director)

     Jacob Chakareski, Ph.D. Rate-Distortion Optimized Packet Scheduling for Video Streaming. (2005) (Committee Member)

     Vinod Kumar, Ph.D. Advanced Computational Techniques for Incompressible/Compressible Fluid-Structure Interactions. (2005) (Co-Director)

     Victor Udoewa, Ph.D. Computational Techniques for Aerodynamic Interactions between Multiple Objects with Emphasis on Paratrooper-Aircraft Separation. (2005) (Co-Director)

     Vinod Kumar, Ph.D. No title. (2005) (Co-Director)

     Mackale Joyner, Masters Improving Object Inlining for High-Performance Java Scientific Applications. (2005) (Committee Member)

     Jong Soo¿ Lee, Ph.D. Aspects of Functional Data Inference and Its Applications. (2005) (Committee Member)

     Vinod Kumar, Ph.D. Advanced Computational Techniques for Incompressible/Compressible Fluid-Structure Interactions. (2005) (Co-Director)

     Masters Medical Image Registration: A Review of Existing Methods and Preliminary Numerical Results. (2005) (Committee Member)

     Jacob Chakareski, Ph.D. Rate-Distortion Optimized Packet Scheduling for Video Streaming. (2005) (Committee Member)

     Powtawche Williams, Ph.D. The Optimization of Interplanetary Trajectories to. (2005) (Committee Member)

     Michael Merritt, Ph.D A Sensitivity-Driven Greedy Approach to Fluence Map Optimization in Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy. (2006) (Committee Member)

     Naomi Reed, Masters A Clustering Algorithm for University Admissions. (2006) (Committee Member)

     Joanna Papakonstantinou, Masters Historical Development of the (n+1)-point Secant Method. (2006) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Edward Castillo Jr., Masters Medical Image Registration: A Review of Existing Methods and Preliminary Numerical Results. (2006) (Committee Member)

     Kary Green, Masters Optimal Sensor Placement for Parameter Identification. (2006) (Committee Member)

     Jose Miguel Yamal, Ph.D. Multilevel Classification. (2006) (Committee Member)

     Samah Abu-Mahmeed, M.S. In-Place Updating of Variables in LabVIEW. (2008) (Committee Member)

     Edward Castillo, Ph.D. Optical Flow Methods for the Registration of Compressible Flow Images and Images Containing Large Voxel Displacements or Artifacts. (2008) (Committee Member)

     Joseph Young, Ph.D. Program Analysis and Transformation in Mathematical Programming. (2008) (Committee Member)

     Galen Papkov, Ph.D. Locally-Adaptive Polynomial-Smoothed Histograms With Application to Massive and Pre-Binned Data Sets. (2008) (Committee Member)

     Davood Shamsi, M.s. Non-invasive Integrated Circuits Characterization by Compressed Sensing. (2008) (Committee Member)

     Anatoly Eydelzon, Ph.D. A Study on Conditions for Sparse Solution Recovery in Compressive Sensing. (2008) (Committee Member)

     Ricardo Vargas, Ph.D. On the Iterative Design of Lp Digital Filters. (2008) (Committee Member)

     Joanna Papakonstantinou, Ph.D. Historical Development of the BFGS Secant Method and Its Characterization Properties. (2009) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Yang Sun, Ph.D. Parallel VLSI Architectures for Multi-GBPS Mimo Communication Systems. (2010) (Committee Member)

     Travis McPhail, Ph.D. Techniques for Realtime Viewing and Manipulation of Volumetric Data. (2010) (Committee Member)

     Michael T. Contreras, Ph.D. Adaptive, Intelligent Methods for Real Time Structural Control and Health Monitoring. (2010) (Committee Member)

     Laurie Carrillo, PhD Near-field Radiative Heat Exchange in Nanospheres. (2011) (Committee Member)

     Russell Carden, PhD Ritz values and Arnoldi convergence for non-Hermitian Matrices. (2012) (Committee Member)

     Melissa Duarte, PhD Full Duplex Duplex Wireless Communication Systems. (2012) (Committee Member)

     John David Arellano, MA Cocircuits of Vector Matroids. (2012) (Committee Member)

     Jonathan W Lane, PhD Robust Quantile Regression Using L_2E. (2012) (Committee Member)

     Fei Jiang, Ph.D. Bayesian Decision-Theoretic Method and Semi-Parametric Approach with Application in Clinical Trial and Longitudinal Studies. (2013) (Committee Member)

     Yezeng Cheng, Ph.D. TBD. (2013) (Committee Member)

     Debashis Dash, Ph.D. Distributed Resource Allocation with Local Information. (2013) (Committee Member)

     Fei Jiang, Ph.D. Bayesian Decision-Theoretic Method and Semiparametric Approach with Applications in Clinical Trial Designs and Longitudinal Studies. (2013) (Committee Member)

     Caleb C. Fast, M.A. The Integrality Gap of the Subtour Relaxation of the Traveling Salesman Problem for Certain Fractional 2-matching Costs. (2013) (Committee Member)

     Jingjing Yang, Ph.D. Bayesian Smoothing of Functional Data and Robust Estimation for Weibull Model. (2014) (Committee Member)

     Yangyang Xu, M.A. Block Coordinate Descent for Regularized Multi-convex Optimization. (2014) (Committee Member)

     Jesse Turner, Ph.D. Multi-scale Behavior in Chemical Reaction Systems: Modeling, Applications, and Results. (Committee Member)

     Jamie Chatman, Ph.D. Computing Diversity in Undergraduate Admissions Decisions. (Committee Member)

     Mackale Joyner, Ph.D. Array Optimizations for High Productivity Programming Languages. (Committee Member)

     Joanna Papakonstantinou, Ph.D. Historical Development of the BFGS Secant Method and Its Characterization Properties. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Donald Williams, Ph.D. Optimization Framework for American-Style Option Valuation with Financial Constraints. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Debashis Dash, Ph.D. Distributed Resourch Allocation with Local Information. (Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Elected Member of AAAS, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (10/11/13)

     2013 Man of the Year, League of United Latin American Citizens (02/13/13)

     Búho Award, The Latino Experience at Rice, a Centennial Gala, Rice University, Houston, Texas (September 15, 2012)

     Premio Ohtli, Awarded by the Mexican Consulate, Houston, Texas (September 15, 2012)

     AAAS Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (12/2011)

     National Medal of Science, President Barack Obama - United States of America (10/21/2011)

     Doctorate of Science, University of Nevada, Reno (December)

     SIAM Fellow, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado (July)

     Featured in the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Biography Video, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) (September)

     Math and Science Hispanic Heritage Award, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC (September)

     Honorary Degree, Doctor of Science, Claremont Graduate University (May 2008)

     Meritorious Service Award, Association of Rice Alumni (May 2008)

     Maxfield and Oshman Professorship in Engineering, Rice University (October 2005)

     50 Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business, Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology Magazine (April 2005)

     Gary D. Keller Award, Latino Achievement in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (November 2005)

     University Professor, Rice University (October 2005)

     (SIAM) Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession, Society for Industrial and Applied Math (SIAM) (July 2004)

     Original Member of the Texas Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (TASEM) (Jan. 2004)

     One of the 50 Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business, Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology Magazine (April 2004)

     UCLA Community Service Award, University of California, Los Angeles Alumni Association (May 2004)

     Honorary Degree, Doctor of Science and Technology, Carnegie Mellon University (May 2004)

     Distinguished Public Service Award, American Mathematical Society (Jan. 2004)

     Doctorate of Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (December 2003)

     National Atomic Museum Foundation Hispanics in Science in Engineering Exhibit Honoree, National Atomic Museum Foundation (10/03)

     Texas Science Hall of Fame Inductee, Institute of Texan Cultures, University of Texas (1/2002)

     Honored with the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Symposium, Association for Computing Machinery and IEEE-Computer Society, Houston, TX (October 2001)

     Listed in "Who's Who in America",

     Listed in Who's Who in the South and Southwest,

     Listed in Who's Who in American Education,

     Listed in Who's Who Among Hispanic Americans,

     Listed in American Men and Women of Science,

     Member, Committee on Professional Recognition and Rewards, Joint Policy Board on Mathematics (1992-Present)

     Member, Mathematical Sciences Education Board, National Research Council (1992-Present)

     Member, National Science Board (1996-Present)

     American Mathematics Society (AMS),

     Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM),

     Mathematical Programming Society,

     Mathematical Association of America (MAA),

     Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS),

     Panel Member, Board on Assessment of NBS Programs (1986-Present)

     Member, Committee on Minority Participation in Mathematics, Mathematical Association of America (1991-Present)

     Member, The Computing Research Association Committee on Women (1992-Present)

     Member, Advisory Board of Texas Statewide Systemic Initiative for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (SSI), University of Texas - Austin (1995-Present)

     Co-Chair, SIAM 2000 National Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, (1999-Present)

     Member, Public Affairs Advisory Group (PAAG), National Science Foundation (1999-Present)

     Reginald H. Jones Distinguished Service Award, NACME, Inc., Baltimore, MD (October 2001)

     Member of Public Affairs Advisory Group, National Science Foundation (1999 - present)

     Member, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

     Panel Member, Board on Assessment of NBS Programs (1986 - present)

     Member of Committee on Minority Participation in Mathematics, Mathematical Association of America (MAA) (1991 - present)

     Member, The Computing Research Association Committee on Women (1992 - present)

     Member of the Advisory Board of Texas Statewide Systemic Initiative for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SSI), The University of Texas at Austin (1995 - present)

     Member, National Science Board (1996 - present)

     Member of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board, National Research Council (1992 - present)

     Member of Committee on Professional Recognition and Rewards, Joint Policy Board on Mathematics (1992 - present)

     Forum on Diversity in the Engineering Workforce, National Academy of Engineering (1999 - present)

     Co-chair SIAM 2000 National Meeting, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (1999 - present)

     Member of Board of Directors, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, UCLA (1999 - present)

     SIGOP Representative, SIAM News (1986 - present)

     Distinguished Scientist Award Recipient, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (October, 2000)

     2000 Peace Award for Education Recipient, The Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Houston (September, 2000)

     Honored with the David Blackwell and Richard Tapia Distinguished Lecture Series in the Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Cornell University (May, 2000)

     Featured in Math Awareness Month article "Math of Car Racing", Math Spans All Dimensions (April, 2000)

     Featured in FOCUS Newsletter article "Cornell Honors David Blackwell and Richard Tapia with Lecture Series", Mathematical Association of America (August/September 2000)

     Featured in "Hispanic Heritage Month", Channel 39, Houston, TX (September 16 - October 15, 2000)

     Member, American Mathematics Society (AMS)

     Member, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

     Member, Mathematical Programming Society (MPS)

     Member, Mathematical Association of America (MAA)

     1999 Giants in Science Award, Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network, Washington DC (February, 1999)

     Featured in Hispanic Outlook Magazine Article "A Formula for More Minorities in Math and Science", (November 5, 1999)

    Positions Held
     Member - Advisory Board, Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC). (2011 - 2011)

     Member - External Advisory Committee, NSF ADVANCE, University of Texas Pan American. (2013 - 2013)

     Member - Science Committee, National Park Service Advisory Board. (2012 - 2012)

     Member - Science Committee, National Park Service Advisory Board. (2011 - 2011)

     Member - Board of Advisors, Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology (CMD-IT). (2011 - 2011)

     Member - Board of Advisors, Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology (CMD-IT). (2012 - 2012)

     Member - Board of Advisors, Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology (CMD-IT). (2012 - 2012)

     Member - Advisory Board, Science Committee for the National Park Service . (2012 - 2012)

     Member - Internal Advisory Committee, Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) . (2012 - 2012)

     Member - Advisory Committee, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). (2012 - 2012)

     Member - Advisory Committee, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). (2010 - 2010)

     Member - Advisory Board, Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI). (2012 - 2012)

     Member - Advisory Board, Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC). (2012 - 2012)

     Member - Advisory Board, Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI). (2010 - 2010)

     Member - Internal Advisory Committee, Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL). (2011 - 2011)

     Member - Board of Advisors, Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology (CMD-IT). (2010 - 2010)

     Member - Board of Advisors, Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology (CMD-IT). (2013 - 2013)

     Member - Advisory Board, Science Committee for the National Park Service. (2011 - 2011)

     Member, Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI). (2005 - 2005)

     Member, Prize Committee for INFORMS Optimization Society. (2005 - 2005)

     Member, Prize Committee for INFORMS Optimization Society. (2006 - 2006)

     Member, AAAS Committee on Nominations. (2006 - 2006)

     Member, AAAS Committee on Nominations. (2005 - 2005)

     Faculty Member, W.M. Keck Center for Computational Biology. (2005 - 2005)

     Faculty Member, W.M. Keck Center for Computational Biology. (2006 - 2006)

     Member, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, UCLA. (2006 - 2006)

     Member, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, UCLA. (2005 - 2005)

     Member, Advisory Committee, Texas Higher Education Opportunity Project. (2005 - 2005)

     Member, Advisory Committee, Texas Higher Education Opportunity Project. (2006 - 2006)

     Member, GRE Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), ETS. (2006 - 2006)

     Member, Board of Directors, the Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas (TAMEST). (2006 - 2006)

     Member, Advisory Board, Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions. (2006 - 2006)

     Member, Human Resources Advisory Committee, Board of Trustees of Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI). (2006 - 2006)

     Member, Board of Directors, Math for America, New York, NY. (2006 - 2006)