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I was born in 1974 in Greece. I grew up in a little village. Back then, I learned most of my mathematics from a very gifted teacher in high-school, Alexandros Pistofides, most of my physics from reading Richard Feynman. In 1992 I went to Caltech and earned a Bachelor's in Applied Mathematics. In 1996 I went to the University of Washington, and earned a Master's in Applied Mathematics. I finished my Ph.D with Dr. KK Tung on hydrodynamic turbulence. For the next two years after my graduation, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Central Florida. In 2008, I joined the University of Texas Pan American and was tenured on 2014. University of Texas Pan American was abolished on 2015 by the Texas Legislature, and I was rehired and reawarded tenure by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where I am currently a Professor.


A scene you will probably never get to see. This is the sunset at the North Pole with the moon at its closest point. You also see the sun below the moon. An amazing photo and not one easily duplicated.