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The faculty of the Department of Mathematics and Physics teach essential mathematics skills that directly relate to their project work in 3D graphics, computer simulation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and more. Faculty instructing physics courses not only teach students the fundamental concepts that govern the physical universe, but also the knowledge of how to apply those concepts to the world of computer simulation and beyond.

Mathematics and Physics Faculty Directory

Department Faculty

Naiara Espejo

Department Chair - Mathematics and Physics, Humanities and Social Sciences
Senior Professor

Naiara Espejo Iturbe earned her undergraduate degree in telecommunications engineering at the School of Telecommunications Engineering of Bilbao. While finishing her degree, she worked as a university assistant lecturer at Newton University Academy in Bilbao from 2000 to 2001, teaching systems and signals and devices electronics. She then carried out two projects as an intern engineer: a storm detection system for IBERDROLA and a biometric authentication systems based on digital signal treatment for VICOMTech Technology Centre. From 1999-2000, she served as Deputy Chairwoman at the Telecommunications Congress Committee in Spain.

After graduating, she worked as E-Business Manager in UNCETA Group S.A., where she was in charge of business-to-business solutions and e-commerce, before taking her current position at DigiPen Institute of Technology Europe-Bilbao. She currently teaches many of DigiPen’s intro and intermediate-level mathematics and physics courses, such as Linear Algebra and Geometry, Calculus and Analytic Geometry, and Motion Dynamics.

Her hobbies include history, gastronomy, and role-playing games.

Julia Sanchez, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Professor

Dr. Julia Sanchez Sanz obtained her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the Autonomous University of Madrid in 2008. From 2008 to 2010 she worked as an SAP consultant at an IBM partner. In 2011 she obtained her Master of Science in Climate, Energy, and Environmental Risk from the University of Alcalá de Henares. She then joined the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (BCAM), where she worked as a predoctoral researcher in topics related to numerical analysis and differential equations applied to life sciences. During that period, she joined internships at Utrecht University and at the University of Udine. She also participated in conferences, workshops, and talks during this time. In 2016, she defended her thesis “Pseudospectral methods and numerical continuation for the analysis of structured population models” at the University of the Basque Country and earned her international Ph.D. in Mathematics.

In 2016, Sanz joined the Department of Mathematics and Physics at DigiPen Europe-Bilbao, where she teaches topics ranging from linear algebra to differential equations. As a mathematician, she is interested in differential equations, modelling, and numerical analysis. From a social perspective, she is interested in the role that scientists and teachers play in society, particularly from gender and peace perspectives.

Anabela Turlione, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Anabela Turlione completed her Ph.D. in Physics in 2015 and has since decided to venture into her other passion of drawing. Turlione began to study illustration while working on her dissertation on the cooling of neutron stars. She began animating in 2013.

From 2013 to 2020, she worked freelance in animation and illustration for a variety of clients from different parts of the world. She obtained two grants to produce and make Alunados, her first animated film that was funded by Argentina’s National Endowment for the Arts. She also participated in the I Destini animated documentary project, a film that won awards at the Indie Grits Film Festival, Aspen Film Festival, and the Palm Springs International Film Festival. It was also nominated for best short documentary at 59th CINE Golden Eagle Awards.

Turolione returned to the world of science and has earned a master’s degree in data science. She currently teaches physics to engineers and artists at Digipen Institute of Technology Europe-Bilbao, where she attempts to find creative ways to combine her two passions of sciences and the arts.