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Biography

My professional academic career has encompassed two specialised areas: Mathematical Foundations of Computing and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education.

In 1997 I finished an Honours Bachelor Degree in Mathematics/Mathematics Education. This Degree is a 5 year program with the last two years specialising in Methodology and Didactic of Mathematics.

Shortly after completing my degree, during the academic year 1998-1999, I held a position at the National University of El Salvador. I was the on-site coordinator of a Masters program in Mathematics Education developed by the Spanish Agency for International University Cooperation (CUES). This program was designed to improve the quality of mathematics teaching in El Salvador.

In 2000 I commenced a postgraduate degree in Theoretical Computer Science at The University of Victoria, Canada. My success in Canada led me to be offered a scholarship to study a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia. I started my doctoral studies in September 2001, completing a PhD in Mathematical Foundations of Computing in 2005. This was followed by an appointment as a post-doctoral fellow at the Newcastle Bioinformatics Initiative (now Priority Research Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine, CIBM).

Subsequently I took up a full-time research position with the Australian Research Council Linkage project Engineering Choices, Engineering Futures. My responsibilities in the project included its overall management and implementation, liaison with the different stakeholders, design of questionnaires, statistical and cluster analysis of relevant data obtained and writing up of several published papers and the final report for the project.

I have lectured at the University of Newcastle from 2002 to present, teaching courses on Theory of Computation, Computer Networks, Introduction to Software Engineering, Formal Languages and Automata, Curriculum Studies in Mathematics, and Specialist and Extended Studies in Mathematics.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Computer Science), University of Newcastle, 05/09/2005
  • Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), Complutense University of Madrid - Spain, 28/07/1997

Research

Research keywords

  • Computational thinking
  • Engineering Education
  • Mathematics Education

Research expertise

My professional career as a researcher has been divided between two areas: Computer Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education. Hence, my research output is split between publications in the area of algorithms for problems in bioinformatics and research into engineering education. My journal publications in both areas are all in highly ranked journals.

In 2005 I became a postdoctoral fellow with the Australian Research Council Linkage project “Identification and Development of Strategies for increasing engineering enrolments”, known as Engineering Choices, Engineering Futures project. This project finished in 2009 with two publications in ERA A journals and over 10 international conference papers. My area of specialisation in education focuses on determining what factors most contribute to school-aged awareness and understanding of the enabling sciences for engineering. In particular I am very interested in the effects of mathematical relevance in secondary education learning.

Languages

  • Spanish

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130208Mathematics And Numeracy Curriculum And Pedagogy50
130306Educational Technology And Computing40
080201Analysis Of Algorithms And Complexity10

Collaboration

In the past ten years as a researcher at the University of Newcastle, I have always worked, and thoroughly enjoyed, interaction with other academics. I have a long history of international research collaboration with colleagues in the area of Mathematical Foundations of Computing. In this capacity, I was invited to work with colleagues in universities in Norway, Germany, Canada and Spain.

At UoN I have collaborated with Emeritus Professor Adrian Page (Professor of Engineering, former Pro Vice-Chancellor Research at UoN, and leader of the Student Experience and Engagement project at the Faculty of Engineering), Professor John O’Connor (Head of School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences and academic leader of the acclaimed and highly successful outreach program “The Science and Engineering Challenge”), Professor Sid Bourke (former President of the Australian Association for Research in Education who pioneered National literacy and Numeracy testing in Australia) and Professor Allyson Holbrook (Foundation Director of the Centre for the Study of Research Training and Impact at UoN).

Administrative

Administrative expertise

From January to December 2011 I was the Centre Manager for the Priority Research Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine.

At present I am program Convenor for the Bachelor of Teaching /Bachelor of Mathematics degree at the University of Newcastle

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Formal Languages and Automata
  • Mathematics curriculum
  • Mathematics pedagogy

Teaching expertise

I have lectured at the University of Newcastle from 2002 to present. In the Engineering Faculty, I taught courses on Theory of Computation, Computer Networks, Introduction to Software Engineering and Formal Languages and Automata always receiving excellent course assessments from my students. I currently teach courses on Mathematics Pedagogy and Curriculum Studies.

At secondary school level, in the academic year 1999-2000, I was Teacher, IT Coordinator and Curriculum Designer at the Pan-American School of San Salvador, El Salvador. I taught Mathematics for Grades 10 and 11 and Information Technology for years 6-12. Also, I worked as a Teaching Assistant at Patcham High School in Brighton, England, during the academic year 1996-1997. I taught Mathematics at the General Certificate of Secondary Education level (equivalent to Australia's Year 10).

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Mellor D, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Mathieson L, Moscato PA, 'A kernelisation approach for multiple d-hitting set and its application in optimal multi-drug therapeutic combinations', Plos One, 5 1-13 (2010) [C1]
2009Prieto-Rodriguez E, Holbrook AP, Bourke SF, O'Connor JD, Page AW, Husher KJ, 'Influences on engineering enrolments: A synthesis of the findings of recent reports', European Journal of Engineering Education, 34 183-203 (2009) [C1]
2009Holbrook AP, Panozza LA, Prieto-Rodriguez E, 'Engineering in children's fiction: Not a good story?', International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 7 723-740 (2009) [C1]
2006Prieto-Rodriguez E, Sloper C, 'Looking at the stars', Theoretical Computer Science, 351 437-445 (2006) [C1]

Publications

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Journal article (9 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Edalatifard H, Prieto E, 'Accreditation of Engineering Education through Curriculum Development in Australia', International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy (iJEP), 3 5-8 (2013) [C1]
2010Mellor D, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Mathieson L, Moscato PA, 'A kernelisation approach for multiple d-hitting set and its application in optimal multi-drug therapeutic combinations', Plos One, 5 1-13 (2010) [C1]
2009Prieto-Rodriguez E, Holbrook AP, Bourke SF, O'Connor JD, Page AW, Husher KJ, 'Influences on engineering enrolments: A synthesis of the findings of recent reports', European Journal of Engineering Education, 34 183-203 (2009) [C1]
2009Holbrook AP, Panozza LA, Prieto-Rodriguez E, 'Engineering in children's fiction: Not a good story?', International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 7 723-740 (2009) [C1]
2006Prieto-Rodriguez E, Sloper C, 'Looking at the stars', Theoretical Computer Science, 351 437-445 (2006) [C1]
2005Prieto-Rodriguez E, Sloper C, 'Reducing to independent set structure: the case of k-internal spanning tree', Nordic Journal of Computing, 308-318 (2005)
2005Prieto E, 'The method of extremal structure on the k-MAXIMUM CUT problem', Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology Series, 41 (2005)
2003Prieto-Rodriguez E, Sloper C, 'Either/Or: Using Vertex Cover Structure in Designing FPT-Algorithms - Case of k-Internal Spanning', Lecture Notes in Computer Notes, 2748 474-483 (2003) [C1]
2003Downey R, Estivill-Castro V, Fellows MR, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Rosamond FA, 'Cutting up is hard to do: the parameterized Complexity of k-Cut and Related Probelms', Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science, 78 205-218 (2003) [C1]
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Conference (11 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Prieto-Rodriguez E, Holbrook AP, Bourke SF, 'Australian engineering doctorates: What examiners seek and implications for the field', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2012Edalatifard H, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Mahata K, 'The impact of curriculum on engineering students' attrition', The Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE), Melbourne, Vic (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: Kaushik Mahata

2010Mellor D, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Mathieson L, Moscato PA, 'Uncovering combinations: Using graph theory to find multi-drug therapies', Biomarker Discovery Conference. Poster Program, Shoal Bay, NSW (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: Pablo Moscato

2009Bourke SF, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Holbrook AP, O'Connor JD, Page AW, Husher KJ, 'STEM: In school and after (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)', 13th Biennial Conference: EARLI 2009. Book of Abstracts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2009) [E3]
2009Holbrook AP, Craig DH, Bourke SF, Lovat TJ, Holmes KA, Prieto-Rodriguez E, 'The content and language of PhD examiner reports', 13th Biennial Conference: EARLI 2009. Book of Abstracts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2009) [E3]
2009Prieto-Rodriguez E, Bourke SF, Holbrook AP, Page AW, O'Connor JD, Husher KJ, 'Attitudes and careers in engineering: A cross-sectional study from elementary school to the profession', 2009 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (2009) [E3]
2009Bourke SF, Holbrook AP, Craig DH, Lovat TJ, Holmes KA, Prieto-Rodriguez E, 'Matching and understanding the context and language of PhD examiner reports', 2009 AERA Annual Meeting Online Program, San Diego, CA (2009) [E3]
2007Bourke SF, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Holbrook AP, 'Identification of strategies to increase enrolments in engineering', EARLI 12th Biennial Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction: Developing Potentials for Learning. Abstracts, Budapest, Hungary (2007) [E3]
2006Dehne F, Fellows MR, Fernau H, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Rosamond FA, 'NONBLOCKER: Parameterized algorithmics for MINIMUM DOMINATING SET', Lecture Notes in Computer Science (SOFSEM 2006: 32nd Conference on Current Trends in Theory and Practice of Computer Science), Merin, Czech Republic (2006) [E1]
2004Mathieson L, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Shaw PE, 'Packing edge disjoint triangles: a parameterized view', Parameterized and Exact Computation, Bergen, Norway (2004) [E1]
2004Prieto-Rodriguez E, Sloper C, 'Looking at the stars', Parameterized and Exact Computation, Bergen, Norway (2004) [E1]
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Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Prieto-Rodriguez E, Bourke SF, Holbrook AP, O'Connor JD, Page AW, Husher KJ, 'Identification and Development of Strategies for Increasing Engineering Enrolments', ARC, 150 (2011) [R1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants8
Total funding$352,435

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2014 (2 grants)

Inspiring Mathematics and Science in Teacher Education$297,871
Funding Body: Office for Learning and Teaching

Project Team
Doctor Judy-Anne Osborn, Doctor Kathryn Holmes, Doctor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez, Doctor Peter Howley, Doctor Andrew Kepert, Doctor Malcolm Roberts
SchemeRole
Commissioned Strategic ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$297,87120142016
GNo:G1301449

Improving teaching practice and student outcomes using action research with critical partners$6,150
Funding Body: Wadalba Community School

Project Team
Doctor Kathryn Holmes, Doctor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,15020142015
GNo:G1400628

2013 (2 grants)

Educating, informing and preparing high school teachers to engage and inspire the next generation of computer scientists$14,930
Funding Body: Google Inc

SchemeRole
CS4HSChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$14,93020132013
GNo:183798498

Teaching mathematics for social justice using project-based learning: An exploration of teachers’ professional development $4,764
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,76420132013
GNo:G1300870

2012 (1 grants)

Which factors contribute to increase the number of secondary students in high level mathematics? A study about relevance and technology use$8,720
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$8,72020122012
GNo:G1200810

2008 (2 grants)

Utilising linguistic analysis to explore text patterning in PhD examination reports$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Allyson Holbrook, Professor Hugh Craig, Emeritus Professor Sid Bourke, Emeritus Professor Terry Lovat, Doctor Kathryn Holmes, Doctor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez
SchemeRole
Pilot GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020082008
GNo:G0189098

Utilising linguistic analysis to explore text patterning in PhD examination reports$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Professor Allyson Holbrook, Professor Hugh Craig, Emeritus Professor Sid Bourke, Emeritus Professor Terry Lovat, Doctor Kathryn Holmes, Doctor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez
SchemeRole
Pilot Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020082008
GNo:G0189382

(1 grants)

CS4HS workshop$10,000
Funding Body: Google Australia Pty. Ltd

Project Team
Doctor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez, Associate Professor Regina Berretta
SchemeRole
DonationChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,000
GNo:G1400548
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.15
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.4

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018M Philosophy (Education)Co-SupervisorA Study into the Mathematical Under-Preparedness of Students Entering University to Undertake Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Degrees
20132016PhD (Computer Engineering)Co-SupervisorCurriculum Development in Engineering Education: A Case Study of Change Agents in the Telecommunication Specialty
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Dr Elena Prieto-Rodriguez

Work Phone+61 (0)2 4921 7916
Fax+61 (0)2 49 217887
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Education
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaMathematics
Office
HA95,
Hunter Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/elena-prieto