Sergio graduated in 1991 from the Universidad de Oriente in Cumaná, Venezuela, with a bachelor’s degree in physics. In 1998, he received his Ph.D. in Physics from The City College of the City University of New York. In 2001, he received a master’s degree in computational finance from The Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology (now Oregon Health and Science University).
Sergio’s teaching activities involve lecturing undergraduate and graduate physics courses at his home university, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela. His research interests include physics education research, fluid flow in porous media, and the application of the theory of complex systems and statistical mechanics in financial engineering.
Sergio was a visiting professor with the Physics Education Research Laboratory at the University of Maine during the 2011-2012 academic year.
Publications preceding his visit
S. Rojas (2010). “On the teaching and learning of physics problem solving”, Revista Mexicana de Física 56(1), 22-28.
Y. Gandica, M. del Castillo-Mussot, G. J. Vázquez, and S. Rojas (2010). “Continuous opinion model in small world directed networks”, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 389(24), 5864-5870.
R. Rangel and S. Rojas (2009). “Montecarlo DLA-type simulations of wetting effects in fluid displacement in porous media”, Computational Geosciences 13(2), 215-225.