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Ronald F. Boisvert

Ronald F. Boisvert leads the Applied and Computational Mathematics Division of the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Purdue University in 1979 and has been at NIST (formerly the National Bureau of Standards) since then. His research interests include numerical solution of partial differential equations, mathematical software, and information services that support computational science. He contributed to the development of the original ELLPACK system for elliptic boundary value problems, the NBS Core Math Library, VFFTPACK (for vectorized FFTs), VFNLIB (for vectorized Bessel functions), the Guide to Available Mathematical Software, and the Matrix Market. He is one of the principal editors for the NIST Digital Library of Mathematical Functions. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software (1992-2005), Co-Chair of the Numerics Working Group of the Java Grande Forum (1998-2003), and Chair of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 2.5 on Numerical Software (2000-2012). He is currently Co-Chair of the Publications Board of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He has several distinctions, including the U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal for Meritorious Federal Service (1992) and Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement (2011). He has also received the Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award (2000), the Keene State College Alumni Achievement Award (2002), and the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Purdue University Department of Computer Science (2012). He was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2006, and received the IFIP Silver Core distinction in 2007. Named a Fellow of the Washington Academy of Science in 2014, he was also recipient of their annual award in Mathematics and Computer Science. He is a member of the ACM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the IEEE Computer Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  

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Ronald Boisvert


Applied and Computational Mathematics Division

Employment History:

  • Division Chief, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD, 1998-present
  • Group Leader, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD, 1992-1998
  • Computer Scientist, Gaithersburg, MD, NIST, 1979-1992
  • Research Assistant, Department of Computer Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 1976-1979
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Computer Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 1975-1976
  • Scientific Programmer, Institute for Computer Applications in Science & Engineering (ICASE), NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, 1974-1975



Phone: (301) 975-3812
Email: boisvert@nist.gov
Fax: (301) 975-2837