Institute for Information Sciences

Suzanne Shontz

Professor, EECS
Director | Mathematical Methods & Interdisciplinary Computing Center (MMICC)
Primary office:
(785) 864-7254
Nichols Hall
Room 203
Second office:
(785) 864-8816
Eaton Hall
Room 3016



Cornell University

2005 Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics

2002 M.S. in Computer Science

M.S. in Applied Mathematics

University of Northern Iowa

1999 B.A. in Mathematics (Summa cum laude)

B.S. in Chemistry (Summa cum laude)


Undergraduate: Introduction to Scientific Computation, Cornell University; Numerical Computations, Introduction to Numerical Analysis I and II, The Pennsylvania State University; Introduction to Linear Algebra, Numerical Analysis I, Simulation Modeling, Mississippi State University.

Graduate: Numerical Optimization Techniques, Meshing Techniques The Pennsylvania State University; Numerical Solutions of Partial Differential Equations I, Numerical Analysis I, Simulation Modeling, Mississippi State University.

Research Interests:

Computational- and data-enabled science and engineering. More specifically, parallel scientific computing with a focus on unstructured mesh, numerical optimization, model order reduction, and numerical linear algebra methods and their applications to computational medicine, imaging sciences, electronic circuits, and materials.

Professional Affiliations:

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

American Mathematical Society (AMS)

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

United States Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM)

International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM)

Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)

Selected Awards & Honors


2012-2013 Mississippi State College of Arts and Sciences Researcher of the Month (December 2012-January 2013)

2011 National Science Foundation Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE) (Awarded in 2012)

2011 National Science Foundation CAREER Award

2009 Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Fellowship at Naval Research Laboratory

2007 Chosen by undergraduate student to be the Computer Engineering Faculty Marshall for the College of Engineering, Spring Commencement

2005-06 Minnesota Supercomputing Institute Research Scholarship

1999-04 National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) Fellowship

1999 Honorable Mention, Alice T. Schafer Prize for Excellence in Mathematics by an Undergraduate, Association for Women in Mathematics

1999 Purple and Old Gold Award in Chemistry and Mathematics (the outstanding graduate in each major), University of Northern Iowa

1998 College of Natural Sciences Dean's Student Award (outstanding student in the college) University of Northern Iowa

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