CUSLAI 2017 Research Grant Recipient Lecture Series

The Center for U.S.-Latin America Initiatives invites you to its CUSLAI 2017 Lectures.

As part of its mission to further study in the area of Latin America, the Center awards faculty and advanced graduate students grants for summer research projects in Latin America. Grant recipients present their findings the following academic year in a series of lectures to the UT Dallas community. The 2017 recipients are: Jennifer Holmes (EPPS), Viveca Pavon (EPPS), Monica Brussolo (JSOM), Martha I. Serna Villacis (ECS), and Alvaro A. Cardenas (ECS).

For more information, please contact the Center at 972-883-6401.

Twenty Years of Inequality in Mexico: A Sub National Kuznets Analysis

Presented by:  Monica Brussolo, Senior Lecturer, Jindal School of Management
When:  Wednesday, October 18, 8:30 pm
Where:  GR 3.606

Monica Brussolo is Senior Lecturer at the Jindal School of Management of The University of Texas at Dallas where she obtained her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Economy and a Master degree in Economics. She also holds an MBA from Texas A&M International University. Her main research interest lies on regional economic development and its spatial analysis. She has focused her work on examining inequality for diverse demographic groups, its determinants and the implications for social domestic policy in the Mexican context. She is interested on education and labor outcomes for disadvantaged social groups, and the effects of Latin American migration on segmented job markets for the American border region. She has collaborated with different levels of the Mexican government in the definition and implementation of their economic strategic plans. She has taught courses of Corporate and International Finance, Management, Project Management, Applied Statistics, Quantitative Business Analysis, and Economics at UTD, Collin College and the State University of Tamaulipas (UAT). At her alma mater (UAT), she earned bachelor degrees in Management and in Public Accounting. She was assistant director of Institutional Research at the Collin College before joining JSOM.

Materials for Electronic Applications: USA-South America

Presented by: Martha I. Serna Villacis, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
When:  Thursday, November 9, 2:15 pm
Where: CB 1.210

Dr. Serna will present her findings from her research conducted during the summer of 2017 in Colombia as part of her research grant award from CUSLAI. Dr. Serna recently defended her doctoral thesis in Materials Science and Engineering, "Layered Metal Dichalcogenides Thin Films Deposited by Pulsed Laser Deposition" under the supervision of Dr. Manuel Quevedo.

After receiving a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Universidad del Valle (Cali, Colombia), Martha worked as an Engineer for Research and Development and Industrial Applications Laboratory, one of the best Materials Laboratories in Colombia, there Martha focused her work on Plasma diagnostics for Magnetron Sputtering processes, Hard coatings development, and Tribological Properties of Thin films. On 2010, Martha visited the University of Delaware as part of a Summer Research Exchange, her research at UD focused on finding an ideal process for the Synthesis of crystalline Silicon by Magnetron Sputtering for applications in Lithium Ion Batteries. Upon finishing, her Research in UD, Martha returned to Colombia to work in RDAI Lab again. At UTD, she works on synthesizing 2D Transition Metal Dichalcogenides by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) Processes in Dr. Quevedo's Group. Currently, she also with Dr Hyunjoo Choi, Professor at Kookmin University, on this project. Ms. Serna had the opportunity to spend part of summer 2015 in Seoul, Korea working at Dr. Choi's Laboratory. At this laboratory, Martha learned about how to engineer targets of semiconducting materials for vacuum process. She is interested in developing rational approaches for designing 2D structures for Transistor applications.

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