Hector Torres

Dr. Torres earned his Doctorate degree in Mathematics and Science Education (Ed.D.) and Master of Education (Ed.M.) from the University of Massachusetts. Hector N. Torres, Sr. received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) from the University of Puerto Rico Engineering College in 1974, his Master in Engineering Administration (M.S.) from the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science in 1980, his Patent Law Degree (LL.M/IP) from the University of New Hampshire Law School (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) in 1991.

Dr. Torres also completed studies in the management of technology for global integration at the school of business administration at Babson College and was a commissioned Notary Public in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. His educational research interests are in the development of school instructional leaders, school law, and STEM Initiatives and their impact on underserved/underrepresented students. Dr. Torres’s other interests are in socioscientific issues and scientific literacy, linguistic and scientific reasoning skills, and their impact on the language, mathematics, and scientific academic performance of Hispanic English language learners.

Dr. Torres is currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education at Bethune-Cookman University. He is currently the Principal Investigator for the $350,000 NSF/HBCU-UP Grant “Investigating the Effects of Socioscientific Argumentation on Student Academic Success,” Award NSF #1623371, and Co-Principal Investigator for the $1.200,000 Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Grant, “Developing Effective Mathematical Science Teachers,” Award NSF #1852783.

From 2012-2014, Dr. Torres was a Professor of Mathematics at the Community College of Rhode Island and an Education Consultant/VP for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Caribbean Education Technology, Corporation, and Curriculum Concepts International (CCI) a New York-based educational company.

From 2009 – 2010, Dr. Torres was the Title I Director for the Holyoke Public Schools System responsible for the management of the $10 million dollars Federal and State Grant program.

From 1996 – 2009, Dr. Torres was the University Liaison for Urban Public Schools, Director of the College Prep Programs, and Professor of Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Prior to starting his career in higher education, Dr. Torres was an Engineering Program Manager for the Air-to-Ground Missiles at the Department of Defense (1974-81), a Manufacturing Engineering Manager for new products at Digital Equipment Corporation (1981-89), and a Patent Law Manager for the Corporate Intellectual Property Protection Department at Digital Equipment Corporation (1989-91).