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Omayra.Ortega@asu.edu

Asst Professor
Math & Natural Sciences Div
Faculty
Mail Code: 2352

FAB N 164 (Map)
(602)543-8158

Bio

Omayra Y. Ortega is an assistant professor of applied mathematics in ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences.  She earned her Ph.D. (2008) and an M.S. (2005) in applied mathematics from the University of Iowa, where she also was awarded her Masters of Public Health.  She earned a B.A. in music and in pure mathematics from Pomona College in 2001.  Dr. Ortega joined the faculty at ASU in 2006.

A native of New York City, her scholarly interests reflect her expertise in mathematics: mathematical and computational biology, mathematical epidemiology in developing countries, infectious disease epidemiology, and the participation of women and minorities in sciences.  Regarding the latter, she has organized the annual Sonia Kovalesky High School Mathematics Day at ASU’s West campus in recognition of the day’s namesake, who was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics.

Dr. Ortega is a Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellow, participating in the Mathematical Association of America professional development program for recent Ph.D. s in the mathematical sciences.  She was an invited speaker at the inaugural Buea International Conference in Mathematics at the University of Buea in Buea, Cameroon, in 2009, and as a result of her appearance she is currently working on a math biology project that focuses on the effect of sickle-cell anemia on the transmission of malaria.

Other conferences at which Dr. Ortega’s presentations have been received are the Blackwell-Tapia Conference, Infinite Possibilities Conference, National SACNAS Meeting, DIMACS Workshop on facing the Challenges of Infectious Disease in Africa, and the SIAM Annual Meeting.

At ASU’s West campus, Dr. Ortega teaches undergraduate courses in brief calculus, precalculus, probability, and mathematical structures.

 

Research Interests

Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Mathematical and Computational Biology, Mathematical Epidemiology in Developing Countries, Modeling Climate Change, Biostatistics, Participation of Women and Minorities in the Sciences

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
MAT 210 Brief Calculus
MAT 270 Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I
MAT 499 Individualized Instruction

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
LSC 499 Individualized Instruction
MAT 270 Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I
MAT 499 Individualized Instruction

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
MAT 210 Brief Calculus
MAT 499 Individualized Instruction
STP 326 Intermediate Probability

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
MAT 210 Brief Calculus
MAT 499 Individualized Instruction

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
MAT 210 Brief Calculus
MAT 499 Individualized Instruction
STP 326 Intermediate Probability

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
MAT 499 Individualized Instruction

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
MAT 210 Brief Calculus
MAT 499 Individualized Instruction
STP 326 Intermediate Probability

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
MAT 210 Brief Calculus
MAT 300 Mathematical Structures
MAT 499 Individualized Instruction

Summer 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
MAT 210 Brief Calculus

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
MAT 210 Brief Calculus
MAT 499 Individualized Instruction
STP 326 Intermediate Probability

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
MAT 210 Brief Calculus
MAT 300-W Mathematical Structures
MAT 499 Individualized Instruction

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Omayra Ortega, Sandra Boer. Dr Omayra Ortega Mathematician. SACNAS News (2011).

  2. Omayra Ortega. A Lucky Choice: Reflecting on My Time as a Grad Student in Mathematics at the University of Iowa. Building Diversity in Science (BDIS) (2009).

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Presentations

  1. Ortega, Omayra & Lloyd, Buffy An Age-Based Stochastic Model of HPV. Pacific Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) REU program colloquium. (Jul 2013).
  2. Ortega Realizing the Dream of Parity in STEM Education. Long Island University STEM Seminar. (Oct 2012).
  3. Ortega Realizing the Dream of Parity in STEM Education. SUnMaRC, MAA and ArizMATYC Joint Conference. (Mar 2012).
  4. Omayra Ortega A Stochastic Model of Rotavirus with Vaccination. International Conference on Industrial and Applied Mathematics. (Jul 2011).
  5. Omayra Ortega Stochastic Model of Rotavirus Infection. Joint Mathematical Meetings. (Jan 2011).
  6. Omayra Ortega, Erica Johnson, Jennifer Ortiz Stochastic Model of Rotavirus Infection. Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native Americans in Science. (Oct 2010).
  7. Omayra Ortega A Life of Service: Using Mathematics to Serve the Community. ASU Cross Talk Communities Connect Dialogues. (Apr 2010).
  8. Omayra Ortega Dynamics of Using Effective Mentoring to Promote Diversity. IMA Special Workshop: Career Options for Underrepresented Groups in Mathematical Sciences. (Mar 2010).
  9. Omayra Ortega Being Black, Gifted, and Mathematically Talented. Joint Mathematical Meetings. (Jan 2010).
  10. Omayra Ortega Evaluation of Rotavirus Models With Coinfection and Vaccination. First International Conference on Mathematical Biology. (May 2009).
  11. Omayra Ortega Mathematical Models of Rotavirus Vaccination. Association for Women in Mathematics Workshop at the Joint Mathematical Meetings. (Jan 2009).
  12. Ortega, Omayra Evaluation of a Rotavirus Vaccine Program. Blackwell-Tapia Conference. (Oct 2008).
  13. Ortega, Omayra Evaluation of a Rotavirus Vaccination Programs in Underdeveloped Countries. Joint Mathematics Meetings. (Jan 2008).
  14. Ortega, Omayra Evaluation of a Rotavirus Vaccination Program in Egypt. Infinite Possibilities Conference. (Nov 2007).
  15. Ortega, Omayra Control of Rotavirus with a Focus on Vaccination in Underdeveloped Countries. 2007 National SACNAS Meeting. (Oct 2007).
  16. Ortega, Omayra Cost-benefit analysis of a Rotavirus Immunization Program in the Arab Republic of Egypt. Mathematical Modeling and Analysis of Populations in Biological Systems. (Apr 2007).
  17. Ortega, Omayra Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Rotavirus Immunization Program in the Arab Republic of Egypt. DIMACS Workshop on Facing the Challenges of Infectious Disease in Africa. Johannesburg, South Africa. (Sep 2006).
  18. Ortega, Omayra Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Rotavirus Immunization Program in the Arab Republic of Egypt. SIAM Annual Meeting, Boston MA. (Jul 2006).
  19. Ortega, Omayra Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Rotavirus Immunization Program in the Arab Republic of Egypt. AMS-MAA Joint Mathematical Meetings. (Jan 2006).

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Service

  1. Association for Women in Mathematics, Membership Committee Member (2011 - present)
  2. AfterMath - Math Club at West, Faculty Advisor (2010 - present)
  3. AfterMath - Math Club at West, Faculty Advisor (2010 - present)
  4. Martin Luther King Jr Celebration Committee, member (2010 - present)
  5. Martin Luther King Jr Celebration Committee, member (2010 - present)
  6. Martin Luther King Jr Celebration Committee, Chair (2010 - present)
  7. Axe Capoeira at ASU, Faculty Advisor (2009 - present)
  8. Axe Capoeira at ASU, Faculty Advisor (2009 - present)
  9. Axe Capoeira at ASU, Faculty Advisor (2009 - present)
  10. Axe Capoeira at ASU, Faculty Advisor (2009 - present)
  11. Axe Capoeira at ASU, Faculty Advisor (2009 - present)
  12. Black History Month Committee, Member (2009 - present)
  13. Black History Month Committee, Member (2009 - present)
  14. Black History Month Committee, Member (2009 - present)
  15. Black Student Union, Faculty Advisor (2009 - present)
  16. Black Student Union, Faculty Advisor (2009 - present)
  17. Black Student Union, Faculty Advisor (2009 - present)
  18. Cultural Affairs Committee, Member (2009 - present)
  19. Cultural Affairs Committee, Member (2009 - present)
  20. Cultural Affairs Committee, Member (2009 - present)
  21. Cultural Affairs Committee, Member (2009 - present)
  22. Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day, Organizer (2009 - present)
  23. Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day, Organizer (2009 - present)
  24. Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day, Organizer (2009 - present)
  25. Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day, Organizer (2009 - present)
  26. Infinite Possibilities Conference Steering Committee, Member of the Infinite Possibilities Organizing Committee (2008 - present)
  27. Inifinite Possibilities Conference Steering Committee, Member of the Infinite Possibilities Organizing Committee (2008 - present)
  28. Math Articulation Task Force, ASU West representative (2008 - present)
  29. Online Learning Education Group (OLEG), Contributing Member (2008 - present)
  30. Online Learning Education Group (OLEG), Contributing Member (2008 - present)
  31. Association for Women in Math Mentor Match Committee, Mentor Match Committee Member (2007 - present)
  32. Association for Women in Math Mentor Match Committee, Mentor Match Committee Member (2007 - present)
  33. Association for Women in Math Mentor Match Committee, Mentor Match Committee Member (2007 - present)
  34. Association for Women in Math Mentor Match Committee, Mentor Match Committee Member (2007 - present)
  35. Black Graduate Students Association, Faculty Advisor (2007 - present)
  36. Black Graduate Students Association, Faculty Advisor (2007 - present)
  37. Association for Women in Mathematics, Membership Committee Member (2011 - 2013)
  38. PBS SciGirls TV Show, SciGirls Mentor & Consultant (2012)
  39. Home Coming Committee, Home Coming Court Judge (2010)
  40. National Association of Math Circles, Conference Organizer (2009 - 2010)

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