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New faculty members join New Mexico State through ADVANCE recruitment program

Five new faculty members have joined New Mexico State University through the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Program.

ANCE Program at New Mexico State offers enhanced start-up funds to recruit these tenure-track women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and pairs them with ADVANCE mentors.

Inna Pivkina, of Russia, is an assistant professor of computer science. She received her master's degree in mathematics from Novosibirsk State University in Russia and her doctorate in computer science from the University of Kentucky at Lexington. She specializes in knowledge representation and reasoning, a subfield of artificial intelligence.

Paola Bandini, of Venezuela, is an assistant professor of civil and geological engineering. Her research focuses on the application of numerical methods for the solution of various stability problems. She earned her bachelor's degree in geological engineering and geology from the Universidad de Oriente in Venezuela and her master's and doctorate in civil engineering from Purdue University in Indiana.

Jeanine Cook, of Colorado, is an assistant professor in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado and her doctorate in electrical engineering from New Mexico State. She specializes in microprocessor performance modeling, performance measurement and optimization and workload characterization.

Jing He, of China, is an assistant professor of computer science. She received her bachelor's degree in mathematics from Jilin University in China, her master's degree in mathematics from New Mexico State and her doctorate in structural and computational biology and molecular biophysics from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She specializes in developing computational methods to interpret high-resolution 3-D virus structures.

Tiziana Giorgi, of Rome, is an assistant professor of mathematics. She received her Laurea in mathematics from the University of Rome and her doctorate in mathematics from Purdue University. She specializes in applied mathematics, particularly in nonlinear partial differential equations.

The ADVANCE Program at New Mexico State is aimed at increasing the number of women STEM faculty in tenure-track positions through a five-year grant from NSF, which began in January.