Govanni Granados

Ph.D. Candidate
Purdue University


Govanni Granados was born in Los Angeles, CA right after the 1992 uprising. During his early childhood, his parents would send him for extended periods of time to Nicaragua and Mexico under the care of his grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Even though Govanni lived in Koreatown, he commuted to the San Fernando Valley to attend high school. He later stayed in The Valley once he enrolled in California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where he completed a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a Statistics focus, along with a minor in Philosophy. After finishing at CSUN, Govanni moved to West Lafayette, IN to begin the Mathematics Ph.D. program at Purdue University as a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellow. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate working with Dr. Isaac Harris on inverse problems for partial differential equations.

Govanni’s research involves tools from many aspects of mathematical analysis such as Analysis of Partial Differential Equations (PDEs), Functional Analysis, and Asymptotic methods (among others). His focus is on inverse shape problems for PDEs. Outside of research, Govanni was a Teaching Associate during some of his time at CSUN. At Purdue, he has been a recitation instructor for all levels of Calculus. He has taught his own Applied Calculus I and II courses. He received the departmental Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Service awards.

While at Purdue, Govanni became an Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) scholar. Throughout graduate school, he has worked closely with the National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences where he helps recruit graduate school applicants from historically underrepresented groups in higher education in their annual Field of Dreams conference. He also became involved with the Association of Women in Mathematics as a mentor for incoming graduate students from underrepresented groups in graduate school. As a product of committed mentors, Govanni wants to support other early-career researchers from underrepresented groups as it is critical to addressing diversity and inclusion in academia.

“Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of a community’s continuous efforts to promote and sustain diversity and equity in academia. It is also an opportunity to recognize one of the many pluralisms not only in academia, but in all aspects of society.”