I was born and raised in California, and moved to Texas in 2006 to take a job at Trinity. I have lived in only four cities in my life, but each has begun with "San" and each one has been further south and east than the previous one. After five straight years of 75 and sunny in San Diego, I am still trying to figure out the weather in San Antonio, which I have been told is a losing proposition.
While teaching a broad range of math courses at all curriculum levels, professor Balreira has been active in course development while delivering what his department chair describes as "clear and well-prepared lectures in an enthusiastic and engaging manner." In addition, he conveys rigor and depth while remaining popular with students.
I have been at Trinity University since the fall of 2006. Prior to that I worked as a post-doc for two years at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Although I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, I studied mathematics for nine years in Southern California, earning my undergraduate degree from the University of Redlands in 1999 and completing my graduate work at UCLA in 2004. My primary research interests are in analytic and algebraic number theory.
My main objective in teaching is to make mathematics accessible to all Trinity students regardless of their background or major. The three important ingredients essential in accomplishing this task are: