He has heard this a thousand times, but it still amuses him, “It’s a cliché that mathematicians are shy, nervous, and only stare at the floor. But, nothing could be further from the truth. We are not all John Forbes Nash”, he says referencing the brilliant but eccentric scientist that Russel Crowe portrayed in A Brilliant Mind. “We are not all odd”, he concludes, and then laughs again.
Mauricio has been part of the Department of Mathematics at Universidad de los Andes since 2011. Even before, however, he dedicated a large part of his time to working on his specialist subject: geometric algebra, optimization, and the way they interact.
He uses clear and fluid language to explain his work. He has a harmonious voice that sounds almost musical. He is wearing light blue jeans and a simple black jumper. He has a long grey beard and has an easy and contagious smile.
He explains that this work is applicable to almost any daily problem (read: improve Transmilenio routes or patients in the public health system) and has won him awards such as the 2016 TWAS Prize (Third World Academy of Sciences), which was presented by the Academy of Exact and Natural Sciences in Italy. In 2017, he received the José Fernando Escobar Prize, that was awarded by the Colombian Society of Mathematicians to those who have excelled in their research in either pure or applied mathematics.
The delegation that represented Los Andes is comprised by students from the faculties of law, business administration, and economics.
Carlos Silva, who teaches music, mastered the album 'Ni un paso atrás', by Jorge Celedón, which was chosen as album of the year.
Lina Espinosa, who is a professor at Los Andes, was invited to three events in Nantes and Rennes to celebrate the France-Colombia year.
- Universidad de los Andes: The seventh best university in Latin America
- Colombian project promoting a healthy lifestyle given an award
- Los Andes will be represented in the Latin Grammy Awards: a total of four professors and alumni have been nominated
- Student wins scholarship for the most important women’s convention in Harvard
- How did Los Andes come to be classified fifth in Times Higher Education University Ranking?