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Irene Fonseca

Residence: Point Breeze

Age: 47

Family: A son, Andre, 16, and a daughter, Marta, 14

Occupation: Director of the Center for Nonlinear Analysis at Carnegie Mellon University

Education: Bachelor’s degree from University of Lisbon in mathematics and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in applied mathematics

Background: Fonseca came to Carnegie Mellon as a visiting faculty member in 1987 and became a full professor two years later. In 1997, Jorge Sampaio, the president of Portugal, knighted her in the Military Order of St. James, an honor generally reserved for cultural accomplishments.

Noteworthy: She was named the first Mellon College of Science Professor of Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon.

Quote: “We work with material scientists and physicists to understand and predict the response of advanced materials to heat sources, changes in temperature, the application of external magnetic fields. That’s used to produce crystal watches and materials which may be used for noninvasive surgery.”

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