### About Jose Perea

Jose Perea is an associate professor in the department of mathematics and the Khoury college of computer sciences. Prior to Northeastern, he held positions as an assistant professor of CMSE and Mathematics at Michigan State (2015 – 2021), and as a visiting assistant professor of Mathematics at Duke University (2011 – 2015). He holds a PhD in Mathematics from Stanford University (2011) and a BSc in Mathematics from Universidad del Valle, Colombia (Valedictorian, Summa cum laude, 2006). He is the inaugural 2022-2024 lecturer for the Mathematical Association of America and the National Association of Mathematics, a recipient of a 2020 NSF CAREER award, a 2020 honoree of Lathisms (Hispanic heritage month), and a 2018 honoree of Mathematically Gifted and Black (black history month).

Mathematics is weaved into every fiber of our lives and scientific endeavors. Our Applied Mathematics faculty at Northeastern has a very broad span ranging from Machine Learning, Topological Data Analysis and Network Science to Probability & Statistics, Optimization and Mathematical Biology.

Perhaps the fastest growing area of modern mathematics, Combinatorics and Discrete Math has a wealth of real-world applications, especially in computer science, which have greatly contributed to its rapid growth.

The study of those properties that are preserved through continuous deformations of objects. It can be used to abstract the inherent connectivity of objects while ignoring their detailed form.