Associate NIMBioS Director for Education and Outreach
Suzanne Lenhart is a Professor in the Mathematics Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a part-time member of the research staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Dr. Lenhart is an applied mathematician (partial differential equations, ordinary differential equations and optimal control) with research publications spanning several areas of biology including HIV, TB, bioreactors, bioeconomics, cardiac function, population dynamics, disease modeling, and resource management. She has been a long-term collaborator with Louis Gross of the UT Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology on three NSF-funded projects applying optimal control methods to natural resource problems.
She has authored more than 100 journal articles, as well as and a major new text, Optimal Control applied to Biological Models. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute and was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2004 and again in 2007.
Dr. Lenhart has extensive outreach experience. She was President of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) in 2001-2002, and continues her involvement with AWM by organizing workshops for female postdoctoral and graduate students at national mathematical meetings and co-organizing the new AWM Teacher Partnership program, which pairs teachers with mathematicians from colleges, industry and government.
She works weekly with the Bearden High School math club and is active in Mu Alpha Theta (national high school math society). From 1990-2005, Dr. Lenhart was the director of UT's Research Experiences for Undergraduates summer program and is currently the chair of the MAA CUPM Committee on Research by Undergraduates.