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Malena Inés Español

Assistant Professor

Office: CAS 277
Phone: +1 (330) 972-6829
Email: mespanol @ uakron.edu

Postal address:
The University of Akron
Department of Mathematics
Akron, OH 44325-4002

About me

Since Fall 2012, I am an assistant professor of applied mathematics at The University of Akron.

From June 2009 to August 2012, I was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology where I was a member of the Computational Solid Mechanics Group directed by Prof. Michael Ortiz.

In May 2009, I obtained my Ph.D. in Mathematics from Tufts University where I worked with Prof. Misha Kilmer. The dissertation title is "Multilevel Methods for Discrete Ill-Posed Problems: Application to Deblurring".

I studied Licenciatura (B.Sc.) in Mathematics at Universidad de Buenos Aires.

My research interests are in the areas of computational and applied mathematics, and in particular in numerical analysis and numerical linear algebra. My research consists of designing and analyzing numerical methods for problems arising in solid mechanics, materials science, and image processing. For more details go to Research.

I am a 2013-2014 Project NExT Fellow.

Here is my CV.


July 8, 2014 - Our paper Optimal Regularization Parameters for General-Form Tikhonov Regularization can be found in the arXiv.

July 8, 2014 - Our paper A Wavelet-Based Multilevel Approach for Blind Deconvolution Problems has been published in the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing.

April 15, 2014 - I am now a managing editor for the Journal Electronic Transactions on Numerical Analysis (ETNA).

March 28, 2014 - This summer, I will participate in the Undergraduate Faculty Program at the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI).

March 3, 2014 - The Women in Mathematics @ UA has been awarded the 2014-15 MAA Tensor Women and Mathematics Grant.

February 4, 2014 - Due to weather conditions my talk on image processing at the Akron Physics Club has been rescheduled to September 14th, 2014.

January 3, 2014 - I am now a member of the SIAM Diversity Advisory Committee.

December 29, 2013 - I have received the Conquer Chiari Research Grant to work on the project "MRI-Based Classification of Chiari Malformation".

December 13, 2013 - Tim Nixdorf and Dan Rhoads presented the poster "A 1-D Mathematical Model for Carbon Nanoscrolls" at the Mid Atlantic Numerical Analysis Day on Friday November 22nd, 2013.

November 18, 2013 - Our paper "MRI-Based Classifiers in Chiari Malformation I" has been accepted in the Proceedings of the 2013 Midstates Conference on Undergraduate Research in Computer Science and Mathematics. Michael Wransky presented this work at this conference on Saturday November 16th, 2013.

August 5, 2013 - Our paper "A Gamma-Convergence Analysis of the Quasicontinuum Method" has been published in Multiscale Modeling and Simulation.

March 12, 2013 - I have received The University of Akron Summer Fellowship Research Grant to work on the project "MRI-based Classifiers for the Detection of Chiari Malformations".

Coming Events

Summer Program in Mathematics and Materials at the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI), Park City, Utah, June 29-July 19 2014.

MathFest, Portland, OR, August 7-9, 2014.

IUTAM Symposium on Innovative Numerical Approaches for Materials and Structures in Multi-field and Multi-Scale Problems, a symposium on the occasion of Michael Ortiz's 60th birthday, Burg Schnellenberg, Germany, September 1-4, 2014.

2014 SACNAS National Conference, Los Angeles, CA, October 16-18, 2014.

Conquer Chiari Research Conference: Advancing Diagnosis, Management & Understanding, The University of Akron, Akron, OH, November 7-8, 2014.

2014 MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, November 30-December 5, 2014.

1st Pan-American Congress on Computational Mechanics (PANACM), Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 27-29, 2015.

The 8th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM), Beijing, China, August 10-14, 2015.

SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra, Atlanta, GA, October 26-30, 2015.