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Dr. Goonatilake Co-Principal Investigator

Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Rohitha Goonatilake will be responsible for the summer workshops, internship program, and articulation agreement with LCC with dealing systems engineering. Dr. Rohitha Goonatilake, professor of mathematics, received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Kent State University, in Kent, OH in Fall 1997; three masters in the areas of applied mathematics, mathematics, and actuarial sciences; and a bachelor’s in mathematics/science. He and his team was recently awarded a $1.2 million NSF award to promote mathematics education in the area of need in Laredo through providing scholarships to juniors and seniors at TAMIU for preparing talented, skillful, and highly qualified graduates to teach immediately after graduation.  He was extensively involved with many STEM activities throughout the years for local high school and middle school students, outreach efforts with local high schools, and other community involvements for many years through enrichment workshops and summer opportunities for the local community.

Dr. Goonatilake was a recipient of the Scholar of the Year Award in 2006 and the University Honors Faculty of the Year in 2013. He was a PI for more than three program-funded grants and Co-PI for more than 10 different program grants since joining TAMIU. To his credit, he bears more than 40 research publications in academic journals, 50 conference presentations/proceedings, and several book chapters. He was an advisor/mentor for more than 130 student research projects. More than 40 journal articles have been referred for journals and conferences in the past. He has a very active research agenda that involves network anomaly detection, probability, disease prevalence, and microeconomics.