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Ruth Gonzalez, PhD, joined Exxon (now ExxonMobil) in 1980 and has had a variety of assignments as a geophysicist at the research center and at other ExxonMobil upstream companies. As a researcher she developed mathematical seismic imaging tools that turn seismic data into 3D images of the geology, many miles below the surface of the earth. Geoscientists in ExxonMobil’s operating affiliates use these images to answer technical questions and make decisions about the exploration and production of oil and gas. She’s mentored and advised geoscientists on what seismic imaging technology is appropriate for areas with specific imaging challenges. Dr. Gonzalez led geophysical teams to carry out all phases of the seismic data processing for exploration and production projects. She’s travelled to affiliate offices to consult on general seismic data processing issues and especially seismic imaging. She has supervised and coordinated many activities in the upstream companies and currently is a geoscience curriculum advisor at the research center.

Dr. Gonzalez earned a PhD in applied mathematics from Rice University. She received a BS and an MA in mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin. Of Mexican-American descent, she grew up in Houston, Texas.

Ivelisse RubioIvelisse M. Rubio, PhD, was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University. Her research interests are applications of computational algebra, finite fields and coding theory.

Dr. Rubio was a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Puerto Rico-Humacao until July, 2007. She has directed undergraduate research projects in computational mathematics or coding theory of over fifteen minority students that resulted in numerous presentations and publications in undergraduate forums. Professor Rubio has been involved in many activities to promote minority undergraduate students to graduate studies. In 1998, her first year at the UPR, Humacao campus, she co-founded, together with Herbert Medina, the recognized REU Summer Institute in Mathematics for Undergraduates (SIMU). She is now one of the Co-directors of the undergraduate research program at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, MSRI-UP.

In 2006 SIMU received the first ever American Mathematical Society’s “Programs that Make a Difference" Award. For her work related to the mathematics activities at SACNAS conference she and Ricardo Cortez received a 2006 SACNAS Presidential Service Award. Since July 2007 she has been a professor in the Computer Science Department of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras.

Dr. Ivelisse M. Rubio is the recipient of the 2010 Dr. Etta Z. Falconer Award for Mentoring and Commitment to Diversity.

Suzanne L. Weekes, PhD, is the Associate Department Head and Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is also the Director of the Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics there.

Dr. Weekes grew up in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and came to the U.S. for college in 1986. She graduated with a BS degree in Mathematics from Indiana University in 1989, and earned a PhD in Mathematics and Scientific Computing from the University of Michigan in 1995. She then spent three years as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and the Institute for Scientific Computing at Texas A&M University. Her research is in the field of numerical analysis with a focus on numerical methods for hyperbolic conservation laws with applications to fields such as fluid dynamics, porous media flow, and wave propagation through composite materials.

Dr. Weekes advises students working on mathematical research problems for sponsors from industry. She directs the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Industrial Mathematics and Statistics at WPI which is funded by the National Science Foundation.

The goal of this REU program which has existed since 1998 is to provide a unique educational experience for students of mathematical sciences by introducing them to the ways in which mathematics is used in the "real-world" by having students work in teams on research problems that come directly from industry and which are of immediate interest to the companies involved in the program. She is also one of the directors of MSRI-UP, a summer mathematics research program whose main objectives are to identify talented students, especially those from underrepresented groups; to make available to them meaningful research opportunities; to develop in them the necessary skills and knowledge to participate in successful collaborations; to grow a community of academic peers and mentors who can advise, encourage and support them through a successful graduate program; and, ultimately, to increase the number of graduate degrees in the mathematical sciences by cultivating the mathematical talent within the U.S. Black, Hispanic/Latino and Native American communities.

On the personal side, Dr. Weekes is married to an English professor, and is the mother of two wonderful little girls.


Infinite Possibilities Conference 2015
March 1-3, 2015
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon

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