Curriculum Vitae

Rodolfo was born and raised in Ecuador. He completed his undergraduate education (B.S., Physics Engineering) at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey in México and went on to complete his graduate education (Ph.D., Physics) at the University of Texas at Austin, under the supervision of Prof. Pawan Kumar. Rodolfo was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Racah Institute of Physics at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he worked in Prof. Tsvi Piran’s group. There, he also collaborated with Prof. Re’em Sari, and with Prof. Ehud Nakar from Tel Aviv University. After his position in Jerusalem, he became a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Prof. Dimitrios Giannios’ group at the Department of Physics and Astronomy in Purdue University. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State University, Sacramento.

A brief summary of  Rodolfo’s past positions and education can be found below. To download a PDF copy of Rodolfo’s full CV, click here.


Assistant Professor (2017 – present), Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, California State University, Sacramento
Postdoctoral Research Associate (2014 – 2017), Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Purdue University
Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-2014), Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Biedenharn Graduate Fellow (2010), University of Texas at Austin
Graduate Head Teaching Assistant (2007-2010), University of Texas at Austin
Graduate Teaching Assistant (2004-2006), University of Texas at Austin


The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Physics Ph.D., May 2011
Area: Astrophysics
Thesis topic: “High-Energy Emission and Recent Afterglow Studies of Gamma-Ray Bursts”
Advisor: Prof. Pawan Kumar

Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, México
B.S. Engineering Physics, May 2004

University of California at Berkeley, USA
Academic Exchange program, Fall 2002 – Spring 2003