Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341-2206
Phone: (936) 294-1581
Fax: (936) 294-1882
2004: PhD, Mathematics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
1999: BS, Mathematics, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México
Research Interests
Algebraic Statistics, Computational Algebraic Geometry, Combinatorial Commutative Algebra
SAMSI New Researcher Fellow, Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (Spring 2009)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University (2005 - 2007)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Mathematical Science Research Institute (Fall 2004)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California, Berkeley (Summer 2004)
Graduate Research Assistant, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (Spring 2003)
Graduate Research Fellow, Physical Science Laboratory (Summer 2000)
Current Teaching Activities
Teaching Math 1332 during Spring 2014.
Current Research Activities
Research Advisor for an REU program on the topic of "Sandpile groups" as part of the NSF/MCTP PURE Math program at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo. (Summer 2014)
Member of the SIAM Activity Group in Algebraic Geometry.
Senior developer of the Algebraic Statistics library for Macaulay2.
Algebraic Geometry in Algebraic Statistics and Geometric Modeling with Frank Sottile, Alex Diaz, Sarah Spielvogel and Jessica Ellis.
Small Phylogenetic Trees website. Mentioned in the SIAM News, Volume 40, Number 6, July-August 2007.
Frontiers of reality in Schubert calculus with Chris Hillar, Abraham Martin del Campo, James Ruffo, Zach Teitler, Steve Johnson and Frank Sottile.
Polynome: Discrete System Identification with Elena Dimitrova, Franziska Hinkelmann, Abdul Jarrah, Reinhard Laubenbacher, Brandilyn Stigler, Mike Stillman and Paola Vera-Licona.
Identifying causal effects in graphical models with Sarah Spielvogel and Seth Sullivant.
Inference of Structure and Dynamics of Molecular Networks with Paola Vera-Licona, Abdul Jarrah, John McGee and Reinhard Laubenbacher
Events of Interest
Texas Algebraic Geometry Symposium, Rice University, April 4-6, 2014.
CombinaTexas 2014, Texas A&M University, April 19-20, 2014.
Algebraic Statistics 2014, Illinois Institute of Technology, May 19-22, 2014.
NSF/MCTP PURE Math program, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, June 14 - August 8.
Limit Theorems and Algebraic Statistics, Prague Stochastics 2014, Prague, Czech Republic, August 25-29, 2014.
For manufacturing jobs, workers brush up on math
Mathematician is the best job! See the news article or the study results.
Alex and Andy were among the 2009 MAA Undergraduate Poster Session Prize winners.
SIAM News July/August 2007 Issue: Algebraic Geometers See Ideal Approach to Biology.