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Black History Month
2023 Honoree

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Haydee Lindo

Haydee Lindo

Assistant Professor

Harvey Mudd College


Where are you from?

I grew up in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Over the years I’ve also lived in the UK, India, and the US. I like to think a little bit of me is from each of the places I’ve lived.


Please describe an experience (or 2) that helped you discover/ cultivate your interest in the mathematical sciences.

When I was in the 9th grade, my parents were worried about my math grades, so they signed me up for after-school lessons at the local all-boys school. During the first class the teacher played fun games with me and gave me some puzzles to struggle with. After that “lesson” he told my parents that I could sit the CXC exam at the end of a year (CXCs were usually taken in 11th grade). At the end of the year, I did just that, and passed with flying colors.   This experience has had so many reverberations for my math and the way I approach my relationship to this profession. If you can, go where you can get the best education/experience for your needs. Never underestimate the power of mentorship. Mathematics can be joyful and playful. 


What is/are your most proud accomplishment(s) in regards to your career in the mathematical sciences?

In 2017, I published my first solo paper (my thesis paper) and last year it reaching over 40 citations. I’m so grateful that the work that I love to do is also being read and found useful by my professional community.


What is/are your most proud accomplishment(s) in regards to your personal life?

Learning to trust my intuition and my ability to do hard things. This has allowed me to make better choices for myself and to take paths that may have seemed risky from the outside.


Please share some words of wisdom/inspiration.

If you do not find a way, make one.