Bonita V. Saunders
Applied and Computational Mathematics Division
Information Technology Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
US Department of Commerce
- Mathematician, Mathematical Software Group
- PhD, Computational and Applied Mathematics, Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA)
- MS, Mathematics, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
- BA, Mathematics, College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA)
- Areas of Research
- Numerical Grid Generation
- Visualization of Special Functions
- Numerical Software for Special Functions
- Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations
- Mailing Address
- National Institute of Standards and Technology
- 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8910
- Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8910 USA
- Contact Information
- Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone : (301) 975-3836
- Selected Publications
- Selected Talks/Interviews
- DLMF Standard Reference Tables (DLMF Tables)
- Joint project between NIST and the University of Antwerp to offer online service for creating tables of numerical values for special functions, with guaranteed accuracy to high precision computed over parameters and arguments of the user's choice.
- Digital Library of Mathematical Functions (DLMF)
- Managed the production of over 500 graphs and visualizations.
The DLMF includes formulas, methods of computation, references, and software information for nearly forty high
level mathematical functions. It features interactive navigation, a mathematical equation search and dynamic
interactive visualizations. The DLMF, also being published as a book, is the successor to
Abramowitz and Stegun's NBS Handbook of Mathematical Functions with Formulas, Graphs and Mathematical Tables
first published in 1964.
- Visualization of Complex Functions
- Numerical grid generation techniques used along with the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) and X3D
(Extensible 3D) to create accurate visualizations of complex functions on the web. See "New Feature": Improved graphics using WebGL and X3DOM!
- Previous Projects
- Portable vectorized software for Bessel function
- With Ronald F. Boisvert, developed a suite of computer programs for the evaluation of Bessel functions and
modified Bessel functions of orders zero and one.
- Fluids modeling, directional solidification
- Worked on adaptive codes to assist in the modeling of the directional solidification of metal alloys. Studied
effects of gravity moduluation on thermosolutal convection in fluids. Several preliminary publications, but the
development of better adaptive grid techniques during the DLMF project may lead to more work in this area.
- US Department of Commerce Gold Medal (2011)
- Awarded to members of NIST Project Team for the NIST Digital Library of Mathematical
Functions(DLMF) (http://dlmf.nist.gov/) and the NIST Handbook of Mathematical
2011 Government Computer News Award for Outstanding Information Technology Achievement
- Presented to NIST DLMF Project Team.
2001 National Association of Mathematicians Claytor Lecturer
- SIGMA XI Scientific Research Society
- Strenghening Our Leaders (SOL) Program (13 years, chair 8 years)
- Tutoring and enrichment program
designed to prepare K-12 students for the Virginia Standards of Learning tests required for a high school
diploma. This program is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. in partnership
with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.
- Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology Judge (13 years)
- Math SPIRAL: Summer Program in Research and Learning
- Gave presentations at NIST to program participants. Math SPIRAL is a multiyear summer program funded by NSF to bring gifted college sophomores and juniors from underrepresented groups to Morgan State University. During the six-week summer session students participate in intensive classroom work built around applications and opportunities in the mathematical sciences. They work with research teams on campus and see a wide range of career opportunities in the mathematical sciences through tours and special lectures.
- George Washington University (GWU) Summer Program for Women in Mathematics
- Hosted program participants at NIST, where NIST scientists gave presentations on their work, also served on career panels at GWU.
- Goals for Girls Mentor Program (2007-2012)
- Mentoring program for middle school girls sponsored by
Gaithersburg Middle School(Maryland) in conjunction with the local chapter of the American
Association of University Women.
- NIST SURF, Internship programs -
- Research programs for students (see link below). Supervised several
- And many other presentations for Science Days, Career Days...
- Just for Students
- Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
- Occasionally I receive interview requests during African American History Month or
National Women's History Month or Mathematics Awareness Month or ... This site answers most of the questions I've
been asked over the years. Oh, when was I born? Well, my birthday is October 19 and a careful reading of my profile will
provide you with the year!
- Student Employment Opportunities in Applied
and Computational Mathematics
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