Roberto Pelayo

Roberto Pelayo

  • Assistant Professor Department of Mathematics, UH Hilo

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Dr. Roberto Pelayo is a member of the leadership team of ‘Ike Wai, focused on coordinating the activities at UH Hilo to meet the goal of establishing an inclusive pipeline of diverse students, postdocs, and junior faculty to address water challenges at the academic and policy level. Dr. Pelayo will provide the project with his expertise in teaching practices, workforce development, and science education. He leads the effort at UH Hilo to run an EPSCoR undergraduate summer bridge training program and is developing an integrated and diverse data science curriculum at UH Hilo with specific faculty, training, and courses.


Dr. Pelayo received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and psychology from Occidental College, and received his PhD in Mathematics from the California Institute of Technology. He previously served as a professor in mathematics at Colorado College, and is now an assistant professor in mathematics at UH Hilo. Dr. Pelayo has been highly involved in educational development and training for several years, from coordinating curriculum for Cal Techʻs Freshman Summer Research Institute to co-directing the UH Hilo Pacific Undergraduate Research Experience in Mathematics, and coordinating the math curriculum for the Keaholoa Summer Intensive Program. Each program, with its own twist, focused on helping underrepresented undergraduates through mathematics, writing, and/or research experiences.

Other roles (national committees/projects/awards/grants, etc)

  • Worked with the Hawaiʻi Department of Education overhauling Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 curricula to be aligned with the new Common Core State Standards