Dr. Malena I. Espanol earned her B.S. in mathematics from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Tufts University. After graduation, Dr. Espanol was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology. In 2012, she started a faculty position at The University of Akron where she stayed until 2019 when she joint the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at Arizona State University. Her research interests are in applied and computational mathematics. More specifically, she is interested in the development, analysis, and application of mathematical models and numerical methods for solving problems arising in science and engineering, with a focus on problems related to materials science, image processing, and medical applications. Dr. Espanol co-organizes sessions at SIAM (Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics) conferences, served as an NSF review panelist, was an MAA Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellow from 2012-2013, and is a managing editor of the journal Electronic Transaction on Numerical Analysis (ETNA). In 2016, she co-organized a Networking Luncheon for Women in Math of Materials (WIMM) and helped to create a research community for WIMM.