STEM research has shown most productive when those involved are diverse in as many ways possible. One of the foremost advocates for diversity in STEM, Richard Tapia, a mathematician and Rice University professor, has made it part of his life’s work to encourage underrepresented minorities in mathematics to pursue the field in an effort to bring out the most illuminating discoveries not yet known. The director of the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education at Rice, Dr. Tapia won the National Medal of Science in 2010 for his fundamental contributions in Optimization Theory and numerical analysis and for his lifelong efforts to foster diversity and excellence in mathematics and science education.
On March 20, 2019, the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation will host An Evening With Richard Tapia at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Tapia will speak to students and faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington, for a discussion with the community about his life and work. The conversation with Dr. Tapia will be moderated by Dr. Minerva Cordero, a mathematics professor at UT Arlington and a program director at the National Science Foundation where she oversees an effort to improve STEM education at Hispanic-serving institutions.