Lawrence F. Shampine
Dedman College 2009
Lawrence F. Shampine, the Betty Clements Professor of Applied Mathematics in Dedman College, received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from California Institute of Technology. Before joining the SMU faculty in 1986, he headed the Numerical Mathematics Division at the Sandia National Laboratories. His principal area of research is the numerical solution of ordinary differential equations (ODEs). He is one of the world's experts in this field, with seminal work on variable-order, multi-step and Runge-Kutta methods. He is responsible for many of the ODE solvers in the widely used commercial code Matlab and in other internationally used public domain software libraries. In the past few years, he has engaged in the study of methods for delay differential equations. Professor Shampine has written seven books, several for use in graduate classes, and has published more than 180 refereed papers. He has served as an editor for several journals, including the SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Journal on Numerical Analysis, a leading publication in the field. His honors include the prestigious Ontario Research Chair in Computer Algebra. A dedicated teacher as well as researcher, he has directed several Ph.D. theses and served on numerous M.S. and Ph.D. committees. He retires as the Betty Clements Chair and Professor Emeritus of Applied Mathematics.