Dr. Malena I. Espanol earned her B.S. in mathematics from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Tufts University. After graduation, Dr. Espanol was a posdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in applied and computational mathematics. More specifically, she is interested in the development, analysis, and application of mathematical models and numerical methods for solving problems arising in science and engineering. Her recent research on mathematical modeling of carbon nanostructures has been supported through an award from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Espanol co-organizes sessions at SIAM (Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics) conferences, served as an NSF review panelist, was an MAA Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellow from 2012-2013, and is a managing editor of the journal Electronic Transaction on Numerical Analysis (ETNA). She serves as the faculty advisor for both SIAM and AWM student chapters at The University of Akron. In 2016, she co-organized a Networking Luncheon for Women in Math of Materials (WIMM) and helped to create a research community for WIMM. Dr. Espanol has a 2-year old son named Sebastian and one extremely supportive husband named Agustin.