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Michelle Nielsen Hernandez, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics

Office Phone: (951) 552-8788
E-mail: mnielsen@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 138
Office Hours: Monday 10:45 - 11:30 AM, 1:00 - 2:15 PM (in-person); Tuesday 4:00 - 5:15 PM (Webex); Wednesday 10:45 - 11:30 AM (in-person)

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Mathematics University of Minnesota 2010
M.S. Mathematics, Statistics Minor University of Minnesota 2009
B.A. Mathematics and Secondary Education Bethel University 2003
  • Courses Taught

    Stochastic Processes (Graduate Level)
    Probability and Statistics
    Seminar in Probability and Statistics
    Introduction to Statistics
    Financial Mathematics I and II
    Seminar in Financial Mathematics
    Capstone in Applied Mathematics (Graduate Level)
    Calculus I and II
    Discrete Mathematics
    Linear Algebra
    Abstract Algebra
    Mathematical Proofs and Structures
    Survey of Mathematics
    Mathematical Concepts and Applications I and II
    Intermediate Algebra
    Special Topics in Mathematics

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Probability Theory (including Stochastic Processes)
    Actuarial Science

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    Professor of Mathematics, California Baptist University, Riverside, CA, 2022 - Present
    Associate Professor of Mathematics, California Baptist University, Riverside, CA, 2016 - 2022
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics, California Baptist University, Riverside, CA, 2013 - 2016
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Union University, Jackson, TN, 2010-2013
    Teaching Assistant of Mathematics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2003-2010

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications


    • Baxter, J.R. and Hernandez, M.N. (February 2019). Stopping Time Convergence for Processes Associated with Dirichlet Forms. Potential Analysis, 50:2, 245-277. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11118-018-9681-y
    • Nielsen, M.N. (May 2010). Stable Convergence and Markov Processes, A dissertation directed by Dr. John Baxter, University of Minnesota.

    Actuarial Exams (Administered by the Society of Actuaries) Completed:

    • Fundamentals of Actuarial Mathematics - Short Term Examination (Exam FAM-S)
    • Investments and Financial Markets Examination (Exam IFM)
    • Models for Life Contingencies Examination (Exam MLC)
    • Financial Mathematics Examination (Exam FM)
    • Probability Examination (Exam P)

  • Personal Philosophy

    We are not defined by what we do on Sundays in church. It’s what we do and how we live Monday through Saturday, when no one is watching, that defines our legacy. (Karen Kingsbury, Between Sundays, 2007)

    The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)