Dr. Kimberly D. Kendricks, a native of Dayton, Ohio graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA with a dual degree in Mathematics and Business in 2003/2004 and earned a Master’s and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Auburn University in Auburn, AL in 2006 and 2007, respectively. She is currently the STEM Coordinator/Proposal Writer in the Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As an administrative faculty in the College of Sciences, she works through the Center to engage STEM faculty across the College of Sciences, College of Engineering, and College of Education to pursue interdisciplinary grantsmanship activities. Prior to joining UNLV, Dr. Kendricks was Interim Dept. Chair (2013-2014) and Associate Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Central State University, a Historically Black College and University, located in Wilberforce, Ohio. In her seven year tenure at Central State University, she served as the Director of the Center for Human Performance and Sensor Applications (2011-2014) and served as the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator for over $4.5 million internally to the university, and a sum total of $8.2 million collaboratively with neighboring institutions.
For her research, which has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Society for Engineering Education, the National Signature Program, and Clarkson Aerospace Engineering, she takes mathematical theories and applies them to real world problems in robotics and gait analysis. For example, she applied Groebner Basis Theory to a U.S. Department of Defense gait study project at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio and through the Center for Human Performance and Sensor Applications, she expanded these studies to path planning and robotic motion.
Dr. Kendricks has a sincere passion for mathematics and mathematics education. Through her success in the mathematics classroom, Dr. Kendricks has led a National Science Foundation (NSF) scholarship program to guide the success of high achieving minority students in STEM. This nationally recognized program has published results in peer-reviewed journals, and one manuscript is currently under review by the U.S. Department of Education-White House Initiative on HBCUs.
Dr. Kendricks has also served for four years on the governing board of the Dayton Regional STEM School, and collaboratively worked with the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright State University, and the University of Dayton to promote the advancement of women faculty in STEM through an NSF-ADVANCE program from 2008-2011. She has participated in several national leadership programs that have contributed to her advancement in the academy, including the National Science Foundation's Quality Education for Minorities Network Leadership Development Institute, the American Association for Colleges and Universities' Preparing Critical Faculty of Color Project, and the Executive Leadership Academy for Technology and Engineering at Drexel University. She is excited to join UNLV and looks forward to contributing to the university's research scholarship.