The EDGE Foundation is delighted to announce the 2022 Karen EDGE Fellow!

The Karen EDGE Fellowship Program was established with a generous gift from Karen Uhlenbeck on the occasion of her 2019 Abel Prize. The Fellowship is designed to support and enhance the research programs and collaborations of mid-career mathematicians who are members of an underrepresented minority group. The 2022 Fellow was selected on the basis of her excellent research programs and her plans to use the funds for enhancing those programs through collaboration and travel.

Dr. Malena Español earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Buenos Aires. She then earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Tufts University in 2009, under the direction of Misha E. Kilmer. She was a postdoctoral scholar at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA, taught at the University of Akron, and subsequently joined the faculty of Arizona State University, where she has taught since 2019.

Dr. Español’s research interests are in the areas of applied and computational mathematics. More specifically, she studies the development, analysis, and application of mathematical models and numerical methods for solving problems arising in science and engineering. Her research has been at the intersection of many different mathematical areas and is highly interdisciplinary, involving collaborations with engineers, chemists, and medical doctors. Her work has been focused on problems related to materials science, signal/image processing, and medical diagnostics. Some of her most recent projects involve the development of numerical methods for solving inverse problems in imaging.

The Karen EDGE Fellowship is an opportunity for Dr. Español to advance her research endeavors. The Fellowship will connect Dr. Español and her students with collaborators and experts in the area of inverse problems and imaging. Additionally, these funds will enable Dr. Español to travel to various conferences to present her work. Lastly, Dr. Español will use the Fellowship to bring bilingual speakers to Phoenix for a new seminar series entitled Spanglish Math Seminar. We are very much looking forward to supporting Dr. Español as she uses this fellowship to further flourish!