On Tuesday, November 19, Dr. Daniela Ferrero visited Virginia Tech as part of the SURE (Speaker & Undergraduate Research Engagement) Speaker Series.

As is customary with the SURE program, Dr. Ferrero met with the SURE participants for a lunch discussion. There she answered questions about when and how she decided to become a researcher in mathematics.

Dr. Ferrero stressed that it's important to make the most out of every opportunity available to get involved in mathematics research early in a career. She discussed the summer programs available through the NSF sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and encouraged the students to apply.  

Ferrero visits with students during lunch
Lunch with the SURE grant participants

There was little time between lunch and her early afternoon talk on New Challenges in Power Domination. She introduced the audience to the power domination problem and showed the connections between power domination and other graph theoretical concepts. 

Full room listens to Daniella Ferrero talk about New Challenges in Power Domination
The room was to capacity for Dr. Ferrero's talk on New Challenges in Power Domination

Dr. Daniela Ferrero is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Texas State University. She earned a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Telematics from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain) in 1999. Upon graduation, she joined the Institute of Information Sciences of Academia Sinica (Taipei, Taiwan) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow after which she joined the faculty at Texas State University. She is the author of more than 40 publications in graph theory, linear algebra, combinatorics and applications arising from science and engineering.