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Axel Brandt
Discipline: Mathematics
Axel grew up in Rocky River, Ohio (a suburb of Cleveland) and spent summers relaxing on the beaches of Lake Erie, swimming at the pool, and playing pick-up sports with friends. During grade school, Axel became fascinated with how simple ideas in math and science could quickly become incredibly complex. Completing a bachelor's degree in mathematics during 2010 at Ohio Northern University and a master's degree in mathematics during 2012 at Miami University (in Ohio), Axel moved from the shores of Lake Erie to the Colorado Rockies in pursuit of a PhD in applied mathematics at the University of Colorado Denver where he studies graph theory. In his spare time, he enjoys running, reading, watching movies, and spending time with friends. Axel hopes to relate advanced mathematical topics to the middle school curriculum and is excited to share his passion for math and science through the GK-12 program.
Lillian Chatham
Discipline: Mechanical Engineering
Lillian Chatham graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Denver. Lillian chose to continue her education in a Master's degree in order to focus on biomedical related research. Lillian researches lumbar spine fusion using finite element analysis to observe changes in stress and strain due to variations in bone and instrumentation material properties. She was born a Georgia Peach but grew up in Colorado. She has a love of the outdoors: hiking, camping, volleyball, and rafting. She also loves traveling and plans to do much more of it once she is done with school. Lillian has 5 siblings and 7 nieces and nephews so she has always been a part of a big family. Other than science and being active, she loves to cook and bake; Sweets are her favorite! Lillian is excited to be a part of the GK-12 Fellowship program and cannot wait to be in the classroom to help inspire students to learn about math and science.
Edward Gaviria
Discipline: Civil Engineering
Ed Gaviria was born in New York City and grew up in Cali, Colombia. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA in Finance & Marketing from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, a Master's in Science in Quantitative Analysis and City Planning from Cornell University and over 10 years of experience in Engineering, Engineering Management & Consulting and Market Research. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Civil Engineering and Sustainable Urban Infrastructure at the University of Colorado at Denver where he is focusing his research on the economics, environmental and technology requirements to implement Sustainable Transportation solutions. In particular, he is interested in Traffic Congestion and its implicit benefits and costs. He is an avid outdoorsman, skier, triathlete and writer. A fun fact about Ed is that in 2001, he biked from Portland, Oregon to the Pacific Coast and then all the way to the Atlantic Coast. He spent 47 days biking and averaged over 89 miles per day.
Ryan Marker
Discipline: Rehabilitation Sciences
Ryan was born and raised in Upstate NY, where he attended the State University of New York at Geneseo. Here he took advantage of a liberal arts education, taking classes in mathematics, science, philosophy and psychology, eventually receiving a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics. Having always appreciated the outdoors and an active lifestyle, Ryan then decided to move to Colorado to attend the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado. While completing his physical therapy degree, he worked in a research lab investigating cognitive and physical contributions to the development of chronic neck pain, and continues to perform research in this lab while enrolled in the Rehabilitation Science PhD Program. During his free time, Ryan enjoys hiking and trail running, but is always ready to relax with a good science fiction book or movie. He is excited to improve his ability to communicate scientific ideas to a broader population while in the GK12 program, and help students realize just how fascinating science can be.
Cindy Munoz
Discipline: Mechanical Engineering
I was born in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Colorado with my family when I was 14 years old. I have two younger siblings, a brother and a sister and two nephews (3 and 1yr old). I am a first generation college student for my immediate and extended family. I decided to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering because I wanted to help people live better lives by designing products, instruments, etc. that would improve a person's health or well-being. For example designing wheelchairs, medical instruments, and prosthetic devices. I graduated from UC Denver in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. I am currently pursuing a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado Denver. I am very interested in how we can use engineering principles to solve biological problems for this reason I am currently doing research in the Bioengineering laboratory at UC Denver. My research focuses on modeling plant growth with engineering principles and mathematics. In my spare time, I enjoy drawing, listening to music, dancing, cooking, spending time with my family, and traveling to California. I hope to become a great role model for students and to show students that an engineering career opens doors to many other great careers.
Brent Thomas
Discipline: Mathematics
Brent Thomas earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics Education from Utah State University in 2007. After teaching high school mathematics for a year, he returned to Utah State University to pursue a graduate degree in mathematics. In January 2011 he transferred to the University of Colorado Denver where he is pursuing a PhD in Mathematics with a focus on graph theory. He was born is Louisiana but doesn't remember living there. His father was in the military, as a result he has lived in 9 states. He enjoys the sunshine and mountains in Colorado. When he is not studying Brent loves to spend time with his wife and son. He also likes to read fantasy and science fiction books, build lego sets, and ride his bike. Brent loves math and science and hopes to share his enthusiasm with his students.