UNM Venezuelan Exchange Student Finds Compatriot at ECE
Ex-Universidad Simon Bolivar VP
Finds Economic and Social Calm
Marlovis Abreu is a UNM exchange student from the Universidad Simón Bolívar (or USB, located Caracas, Venezuela). She was surprised to learn that her ECE course, Advanced Engineering Mathematics, was being taught by Professor José Luis Palacios, who was Vice President for Academic Affairs in USB from 2001 to 2005.
Dr. Palacios moved to Albuquerque in 2013, looking for a safer place for him and his family, away from a country that is descending into social and economic chaos.
"It is a pleasure to be able to contribute to USB from a distance, and it is also a pleasure to verify that students from my former university are at a level comparable to those of UNM, at least in the Mathematical area, amidst all the trials and tribulations affecting Venezuelan universities", said Palacios.
Palacios teaches courses in Differential Equations, Linear Algebra and Probability for Engineers at ECE. He is also involved with research in the areas of discrete probability, electric circuits and molecular descriptors.
Palacios was recently invited to join the Editorial Board of MATCH Communications in Mathematical and Computer Chemistry. His wife, Professor Soraya Abad, is also a visiting professor at UNM that has taught in the Computer Science department and is co-tutoring a doctoral student.
Palacios' daughter, Beatriz, is a junior in the IFDM program at UNM. They are part of a small but growing group of Venezuelans in Albuquerque, "intellectual refugees" as Palacios calls them, professionals with advanced degrees fleeing a crumbling and mismanaged society characterized by institutional collapse.