Bonita V. Saunders

Bonita V. Saunders

National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8910
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8910 USA
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Phone : (301) 975-3836

Photo Credit: Jenee' Saunders

Current Position, 2022-present
Leader, Mathematical Software Group
Applied and Computational Mathematics Division (ACMD)
Information Technology Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
US Department of Commerce

Former Position, 1989-2022
Research Mathematician, NIST Applied and Computational Mathematics Division

Previous Affiliations
Programmer Analyst, BDM Corporation, McLean, VA, 1985-1989
Graduate Student Research Fellow, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, 1983-1985
Instructor, Hampton University, Department of Mathematics, Hampton, VA, 1980-1982
Instructor, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA, Department of Mathematics, 1979-1980

PhD, Computational and Applied Mathematics, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, 1985
MS, Mathematics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1979
BA, Mathematics, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 1977

Research Interests
Visualization of Complex Functions Data
Numerical Software for Special Functions
Numerical Grid Generation
Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations


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Current Projects
DLMF Standard Reference Tables on Demand (DLMF Tables) - Project Leader
Joint project between NIST ACMD and Annie Cuyt's Computational Mathematics Group (CMA), University of Antwerp, Belgium. Goal is to provide an online software testing service that allows users to create tables of numerical values for special functions, with guaranteed accuracy to user-specified precision computed over parameters and arguments of the user's choice.

Digital Library of Mathematical Functions (DLMF) - Visualization Editor
Member of DLMF management team; also responsible for design, production and maintenance of 600+ DLMF 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 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 Data
Design and development of numerical grid generation techniques and 3D web graphics to display accurate visualizations of complex functions. Goal is to facilitate the creation of DLMF graphs and visualizations while also developing mesh techniques and web technology for general use. See Viewing DLMF Interactive 3D Graphics for information on viewing the DLMF visualizations rendered in our default and recommended format, WebGL .

Previous Projects
Portable vectorized software for Bessel function evaluation
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.

Professional Memberships
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
American Mathematical Society (AMS)
National Association of Mathematicians (NAM)
Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)

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