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Dr. Erwin Suazo-Martinez

Dr. Erwin Suazo-Martinez

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  • University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
  • Status: Faculty
  • Department: Math,
  • Will Mentor: Doctoral students, Pre-doctoral students

Areas of Expertise

Pure Mathematics,

Research Interests

Analysis of partial differential equations (PDEs) appearing in wave phenomena


Dr. Erwin Suazo was born in Bogot, Colombia. His generation is the first in his family to graduate from high school. He earned a B.S. in pure mathematics from the Colombian National University at Bogot in 2000, the first member of his family to go to college and earn a degree. He finished his M.S in mathematics in 2004, his Ph.D in mathematics in 2009 at Arizona State University (ASU). He later accepted a postdoctoral research scholar position in 2013-2014 at ASU. Dr. Suazo is an active researcher publishing two peer-reviewed publications a year and with more than 237 citations in the area of partial differential equations and mathematical physics. He was an Assistant Professor at University of Puerto Rico and he is currently an Associate Professor at University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley.

Erwin is highly motivated to bring opportunities to minority students and international students with historical low representation in science following the example of Dr. Joaquin Bustoz founder of SUMS at ASU. He is currently directing several graduate and undergraduate research project from mathematics, physics, mechanical and electrical engineering. He has been training and recruiting a diverse group of students and motivating them to do research and pursue PhD in mathematics.

His research interests are in analysis of partial differential equations (PDEs) appearing in wave phenomena. The equations he works on have interesting and useful applications in physics (like describing the motion of particles in the presence of magnetic and electric fields changing with time), electrical engineering (laser beam propagation on lenses and atmosphere), biology (spacial population growth and gene selection) and computer science (testing numerical methods for PDEs). His most recent and current research as a visiting research scholar at Arizona State University focuses on laser beams propagation through non-homogenous media. Using a generalization of Melhers formula introduced with his co-authors have been used to find new Hermite-Gaussian beam solutions (in the context of optics ). It is expected they can be observed experimentally.