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Houston Wood, Director of Applied Math
( joined the U.Va. faculty in 1981 and is presently Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Virginia and has worked at Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant (ORGDP) in the area of uranium enrichment and, while completing his Ph.D., he worked at the U.S. Department of Energy on the gas centrifuge project.

His research areas of expertise include centrifugation, nuclear non-proliferation and heart pumps. He has published more than 100 articles in books, journals, conference proceedings and reports.

Mary Beck ( has taught Applied Mathematics at U.Va. since 1989 and has been a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics since 1995. She teaches all levels of Calculus to engineering students. Previously, she was Director of Applied Mathematics Instruction. Before coming to U.Va., she taught Mathematics at Smith College in Massachusetts.

In 2004, she received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Rodman Scholars Program, the most recent of several awards she has been given for undergraduate teaching and advising. Professor Beck holds an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts and a B.S. in Mathematics from Smith College.
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Bernard Fulgham ( began teaching Applied Mathematics at the University of Virginia in August 2004 and became an Assistant Professor in 2006. He received his B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago in 1992. After beginning graduate studies at Ole Miss in 1996, he ultimately transferred to the University of Virginia the following year. He finally received a Ph.D. in Mathematics in 2002, writing his thesis in the field of non-associative algebras with advisor Kevin McCrimmon.

John Maybee ( began teaching at U.Va. in 2002 and has been Associate Professor of Mathematics since 2004. His previous teaching experience includes being an Instructor, Assistant and Associate Professor of Mathematics at the U.S. Air Force Academy. His research includes work building 3D mathematical models of objects photographed from stereo high-resolution digital imagery for the Defense Mapping Agency/U.S. Air Force Academy R&D Program.

Between 1980 and 2001, Professor Maybee worked at the National Security Agency, the Ford Aerospace Corporation, RWD Technologies, and the PowerVision Corporation. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, a Masters of Applied Mathematics from NC State University, and a B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy.
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William W. Roberts, Jr. (Emeritus) ( is the Commonwealth Professor of Engineering and Applied Science. He arrived at U.Va. as Assistant Professor in 1969, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1974, and became Professor in 1982.. He has served as the Director of the Mathematical-Computational Modeling Laboratory since 1990, Commonwealth Professor since 1992, and the Director of Applied Mathematics during 2004-2009.

Prior to arriving at U.Va., Professor Roberts earned his S.B. in mathematics in 1964 and his Ph.D. in applied mathematics in 1969, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research activities have a strong focus on formulation of scientific and engineering problems in mathematical terms and solution of the mathematical equations in the models thus formulated. He has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on grants from Amoco, Du Pont, Hercules, NASA, NSF, 3M Company, U.S. Army, VCIT and other sources, totaling over $2,500,000.
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