Sofya Masharipova received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Pure Mathematics and Math Education at Tashkent State University (now National University of Uzbekistan) in 1985. Ten years later, she received a PhD in Pure Mathematics with an emphasis in Functional Analysis at the Uzbek Academy of Sciences, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (formerly the Soviet Union). From 1985 to 2000, she taught math classes in Tashkent State University as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics. In 2001, she moved to the United States with her family, and in 2010 Sofya returned to teaching and started working at Ashford University, first as an Adjunct Professor and eventually as a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor teaching College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and Linear Algebra. Dr. Masharipova lives in Clinton, IA and has a son in elementary school and a daughter in high school. She is currently researching Operator Algebras in Pontrjagin Spaces, with applications in Theoretical Physics.