Professor Negrn received his BS (1978) and MS (1980) from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park (1985). He has lead and participated in mathematics research and teaching programs funded by the National Security Agency, NASA, and NSF. He was one of the co-directors of the NSA sponsored Summer Institute in Mathematics for Undergraduates (SIMU) at the UPR Humacao during the summers of 1998 and 1999, and PI of the NSA sponsored proposal Undergraduate Research in Mathematics as a Strategy to Increase Academic Achievement and Promote Students to Higher Education in Mathematics (2005-2008).
Professor Negrn also has been very active as a student mentor with nine masters thesis directed while he was at the Rio Piedras Campus of the UPR, and many more undergraduate research students at the Humacao Campus. Currently he is collaborating with the UPENN-UPRH-PREM program on research and education in nanomaterials. Professor Negrn brings to this project his expertise in mathematical modeling and scientific computation as well as his experience mentoring students.