**Bert Woodard Rust** was born in Crockett County, Tennessee
on August 30, 1940. He was raised on a farm in the last years of the
Old South. From 1958 to 1968 he worked in the Computing Technology
Center at the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant while attending
the University of Tennessee where he received
a B.S. in Engineering Physics and an M.S. in Mathematics. In
1963 he married Marilyn A. Miller who bore him four sons in the years 1967-1975.
From 1968 to 1971 he worked for Tennecomp Systems, Inc. while attending the
University of Illinois where he received a Ph.D. in Astronomy
in 1974. From 1972 to 1980 he was employed by
Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he worked on
enviromental and ecological modelling problems. Since 1980 he has worked
as a mathematician for the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(formerly the National Bureau of Standards). His research interests include
ill-posed problems, time-series modelling, nonlinear regression, and
observational cosmology. From 1989 to 2000, he was an adjoint professor for
the Johns Hopkins University Part-Time Programs in Engineering and
Applied Science
where he taught graduate courses in numerical analysis and digital spectral
analysis.