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Dr. Bonita Saunders
Dr. Saunders is currently a Research Mathematician at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The NIST is a government agency that conducts theoretical and applied research to support its goals of advancing scientific technology, improving measurement standards, and strengthening the competitiveness of U.S. industries in the international market. Dr. Saunders is a member of the Information Technology Laboratory at NIST. Her current research project involves the field of Grid Generation, which for example, is used in the development of airplane wings. Grid Generation uses several mathematical techniques, including calculus, differential geometry, and numerical analysis, which are used to solve complicated equations in the making of such things as airplane wings. Grid Generation can be applied in any area of engineering research (and research in general); some examples of its use, from an engineering perspective, include such areas as aerodynamics, electromagnetics, and crystallization where equations must be solved on an oddly shaped area.
In addition to performing her research-related work, Dr. Saunders presents the results of her research to other scientists by publishing them in scientific journals and presenting talks or posters at technical conferences and workshops.
Dr. Saunders received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Mathematics at the College of William and Mary, her Masters Degree from the University of Virginia, and her Ph.D. in Computational and Applied Mathematics at Old Dominion University.
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