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Ron Buckmire



  • Higher Ed: Mathematics 


Ron Buckmire was born in the little village of Grenville, Grenada in the West Indies. From age 1 to 14, he lived in the United States, returning to the Caribbean to attend one of the oldest high schools in the Americas, Combermere School in Barbados (est. 1695). Ron went to college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, earning a Bachelor's, a Master's and a Doctorate degree in Mathematics in 8 short (but seemingly endless) years. After receiving his PhD, he was appointed a Minority Postdoctoral Scholar-in-Residence at Occidental College (Barack Obama's first alma mater) and then Assistant Professor of Mathematics. He has published articles in applied mathematics, numerical analysis, mathematics education, American studies and law. In 2004 he was promoted to Associate Professor and from 2005 to 2010 served as Chair of the Occidental College Mathematics Department. Ron actively promotes and implements teaching with technology and serves on the Advisory Board of (the Mathematics Digital Library). He has been a recipient of multiple MAA Tensor-SUMMA (Mathematical Association of America's Strengthening Underrepresented Minority Mathematics Achievement) grants to support his work with Bob Moses' Algebra Project and other groups focused on improving the teaching and learning of mathematics in Los Angeles-area K-12 schools. He currently serves on the editorial board of the journal Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations and has reviewed proposals for various NSF programs almost a dozen times. In 2011, Ron was named the Educator of the Year by NOGLSTP (the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals) at the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) annual meeting in Washington, DC. Since August 2011, Ron has been on leave from Occidental College while serving as a Program Officer in the Division of Undergraduate Education in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation (NSF). While at NSF, Ron works on various federally funded programs which promote excellence in undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for all students in the United States of America. 


Applied Mathematics (Numerical analyis, mathematical modelling, non-standard finite differences)