Personal Profile of Dr. Herbert Medina
Herbert A. Medina was born in El Salvador and was brought to Los Angeles, California, where he has lived most of his life, by his parents at the age of 8. He is Professor of Mathematics at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles. He joined the faculty at LMU in 1992 after receiving his PhD in Mathematics at UC Berkeley and his B.S. degree in Mathematics/Computer Science from UCLA. Professor Medina has published mathematical research in functional analysis, wavelets and polynomial approximations (collaboratively with undergraduates). One of his other interests is working on projects to increase the participation of historically underrepresented groups in mathematics and the sciences. For example, he is one of five co-directors for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Undergraduate Program (MSRI-UP) in Berkeley, CA. He also has written articles and delivered several professional presentations addressing issues of under-representation in mathematics and other challenges facing the U.S. mathematics community. His current non-mathematical hobbies include hiking (especially the Camino de Santiago in Europe), running, biking, and history, especially American, Latin American and mathematical.