Eduardo González’s students and colleagues have long known that he is a superstar faculty member at UMass Boston, but the associate professor of mathematics is now getting attention on a national scale.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has named González one of its Emerging Scholars. González was profiled in the latest issue of the magazine along with 11 other professors from underrepresented backgrounds.
There are few minority and women professors in González’s chosen field, and González feels that STEM fields must work toward retaining more minority students.
“Here at the University of Massachusetts Boston, we value diversity not only among our students, but among our faculty members as well,” said Chancellor J. Keith Motley, “Professor González is an inspiring teacher and a great role model for all of his students.”
González’s area of expertise is algebraic and symplectic geometry. This area of geometry can be applied to all sorts of big questions–from the shape of the universe to the shape of proteins.
“I would like to convey the beautiful idea of mathematics to people,” González said. “Math isn’t boring or difficult.”
Originally from Mexico, González came to UMass Boston because he wanted to be able to teach small courses and work one-on-one with his students.
At UMass Boston, González has made it a habit to attend lectures by experts in other disciplines, and encourages his students to do the same. It was at one of these lectures that González met a computer scientist with compatible interests. Together, the two now study protein structures.
In addition to his collaborative work, González has received two competitive NSF grants in pure mathematics as a principle investigator.
“Very early on, I understood that he’s a very effective teacher, a teacher who is well received by the students, and a teacher who loves collaborating with other instructors,” said Andrew Grosovsky, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. Grosovsky and González have taught the same students in the CSM’s Freshman Success Communities.
In addition to his recent grant, González has been the chair of the UMass Boston Mathematics Colloquium, and helped to organize activities at the first ever Mathematical Congress of the Americas.
González is proud to call UMass Boston home. “There are lots of incredibly talented people on campus,” he says, “I’m very positive that the university is going in an upward direction.”