Suzanne Lenhart is a Chancellor's Professor in the Mathematics Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and was a part-time member of the research staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for 22 years.
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 180 journal articles, as well as two texts, Optimal Control applied to Biological Models and Mathematics for the Life Sciences. She has received fellow awards from AAAS, American Mathematical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
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 with various activities. She is currently the co-president of the Tennessee Chapter of the Association for Women in Science. She works regularly 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.