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Richard Tapia

University Professor
Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering

Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAAM)

Center for Excellence and
Equity in Education

the Empowering Leadership Alliance

Rice University

2015 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference

2014 Blackwell- Tapia Conference



Invited Lecture at the 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings sponsored by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and Mathematical Association of America (MAA): The Remarkable Journey of the Isoperimetric Problem: From Euler to Steiner to Weierstrass. (Updated 1/15/2015)

Tapia's Talk at the Men of Color Leadership Symposium, October 3, 2014

Professor Richard Tapia receives 2014 Vannevar Bush Award
The National Science Board announced that Rice mathematician Richard Tapia, a leader in mentoring minorities in science, engineering and mathematics fields, is the 2014 recipient of its Vannevar Bush Award.
[NSF Video: Richard Tapia encourages underrepresented minorites in science]
[SIAM News: Richard Tapia Receives NSB Vannevar Bush Award]

Rice University's Richard Tapia receives National Medal of Science
The White House announced that Richard Tapia, a Rice University mathematician and longtime champion of diversity in U.S. education, received the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama.
[White House Ceremony Video]
[Rice's Richard Tapia to receive National Medal of Science Video]

Math at Top Speed: Exploring and Breaking Myths in the Drag Racing Folklore
Presentation given at University of Texas, Thursday, March 11, 2010.

Rice's Tapia receives Hispanic Heritage Award
Rice University mathematician Richard Tapia will be honored with the Hispanic Heritage Award for Math and Science at the star-studded 22nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards ceremony on Capitol Hill.

Richard Tapia profiled in SACNAS video
Richard is prominently featured in one of a new series of videos promoting the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). See the video at the link above or on Richard's biography page.
[Richard Tapia profiled in Sacnas Video]

Richard Tapia's 70th Birthday Conference
May 29-30, 2009 – Houston, Texas
On Friday and Saturday May 29-30, 2009, a mathematics conference was held, in Duncan Hall at Rice University, in honor of Richard Tapia's 70th birthday.  Be sure to check out the Conference's Photo Album.

Tapia named one of the 100 Most Influential Latinos in the country
by Hispanic Business Magazine, October 2008 issue.
Read the whole article here.

The Flaws in the Mismatch Theory
Read Dr. Tapia's testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on September 12, 2008.

Read Dr. Tapia's Commencement Address for Claremont Graduate University, May 17, 2008.

Read Dr. Tapia's article "True Diversity Doesn't Come From Abroad", published in the September 28, 2007 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

See Heavy Metal, the website about Dr. Tapia's award-winning 1970 Chevelle show car .

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2009 Richard Tapia  
updated 08/24/2014  
maintained by Leticia Velazquez  (leti at rice dot edu)