Dr. Noronha earned her Ph.D. degree from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil in 1983. She came to the U.S. in 1986 and subsequently was a Visiting Researcher at UCSB, UCSD, and UCLA before joining the California State University-Northridge (CSUN) faculty in 1990. She served as Program Director for Topology and Geometric Analysis program at the NSF from 2000 through 2002 and from 2009 through 2011. During this time she also worked with Workforce programs such as VIGRE, MCTP, and MSPRF. She is currently the PI of two NSF grants to increase diversity in mathematical sciences, PUMP, a program to prepare undergraduates to succeed in PhD programs and RE-C^2, a program to take mathematical research to Community Colleges.