Prof. Suzanne M. Shontz

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 
The University of Kansas 
1520 West 15th Street 
2001 Eaton Hall 
Lawrence, KS 66045

Prof. Suzanne M. Shontz received her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University in 2005. She received her B.A. in Mathematics and B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa in 1999 and her M.S. degrees in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Cornell University in 2002.

She is currently an Assistant Professor in Computer Science in Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining Penn State in 2006, she was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and a Minnesota Supercomputing Institute Research Scholar at the University of Minnesota. Professor Shontz is currently an Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. She was a National Physical Science Consortium Fellow from 1999-2004 and received an Honorable Mention for the Alice T. Schafer Prize for Women in Mathematics in 1999.

What is Computational Science and Engineering?

The goal of this elementary lecture is to introduce students to computational science and engineering through applications such as a beating heart, control of subway trains, and detection of faces in images. The applications will be used to introduce students to the concepts of meshes, optimization, and eigenvalues. In this talk, we will briefly learn how to translate the problems of interest into mathematical problems. We will then learn how to solve them on a computer.

Appropriate for undergraduate students in mathematics, computer science, engineering, or science or high school students studying one or more of these areas.

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