Professor of Mathematics and Senior Associate Dean in the College of Science at UTA
Jun 10, 2021
Dr. Minerva Cordero, Women In STEM
Professor of Mathematics and Senior Associate Dean in the College of Science at UTA

Minerva Cordero is a Professor of Mathematics and Senior Associate Dean in the College of Science at The University of Texas at Arlington. She is a renowned researcher in the area of Discrete Geometry. She has written numerous articles and presented her results at national and international conferences. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency, among others.

A dedicated teacher, she has received several awards for her outstanding teaching, including the prestigious President's Excellence in Teaching Award at Texas Tech University, the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Texas Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

She is passionate about increasing the number of women and other underrepresented minorities in mathematics and science. She served as Governor-at-Large for Minority Interests for the MAA and was Chair of the MAA Committee for Minority Participation in Mathematics. She served as chair of the Human Resource Advisory Committee of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. Currently, she is a member of the Advisory Council of the Pipelines into Biostatistics Program at Harvard University. For her mentoring of underrepresented minorities in science, especially her work with Hispanic students, in 2016, she received the Great Minds in STEM HENAAC Award in Education. That same year she was named a 2016 Ford Legendary Woman. During 2018-2019 Cordero was a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, directing the Hispanic Serving Institutions program (HSI) and the ADVANCE Program (Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions). In 2019 she was selected as an ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) IF/THEN Ambassadors Program. The IF/THEN Ambassadors program is sponsored by the Lyda Hill Philanthropies. Its goal is to recognize the contributions of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and help encourage young girls to pursue careers in STEM.

She is a sought-after speaker for her inspirational presentations filled with her passion for mathematics and science and for empowering women and minorities to pursue careers in those fields. In 2015 she was a Special Guest Speaker at Harvard’s Pipelines into Biostatistics Symposium, and in 2017 she delivered the Edward W. Powers Community STEM Lecture at Youngstown State University.

Cordero holds three degrees in mathematics: a doctorate (PhD) from the University of Iowa, a Master of Arts (MA) from the University of California-Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree from the University of Puerto Rico, her native land. She and her husband, Dr. James Alvarez, a mathematics professor at UT Arlington, have two sons who love music and mathematics.