Minerva Cordero

Keynote Speaker

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, University of Texas at Arlington. 2022 Recipient of Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

Minerva Cordero is a Professor of Mathematics and Senior Associate Dean at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a renowned researcher in Finite Geometries and has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences. She describes her research as creating the building blocks necessary to develop secure encrypting mechanisms. Her teaching career spans over 25 years, and her passion and excellence in the classroom have been recognized by several awards, including the MAA Texas Section Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Regents Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas System. 

Cordero is passionate about increasing the number of women and underrepresented minorities in mathematics and science. She worked at the National Science Foundation to develop systemic approaches to increase participation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers and to enhance the quality of STEM education for undergraduates in Hispanic Serving Institutions. In 2019, she was selected as an ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) IF/THEN Ambassadors Program, which recognizes the contributions of women in STEM and encourages young girls to pursue careers in these fields.  As part of this recognition a life-size statue of Dr. Cordero was made and exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC and other cities nationwide. Most recently, in 2022, Dr. Cordero was one of 12 individuals selected to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring ( the PAESMEM Award) administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In January 2023 she was named a Fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Cordero holds three degrees in mathematics: a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, a Master of Arts from the University of California-Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Puerto Rico, her native land. She has worked tirelessly to combat misconceptions about a person’s intelligence and scientific ability based on their race or gender.