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Dawn Lott

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Dawn Lott
Lott at the 2022 AWM Research Symposium
AwardsAWM/MAA Falconer Lecturer, Fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics
Scientific career
Fieldsnumerical partial differential equations, fluid mechanics
InstitutionsDelaware State University
Doctoral advisorAlvin Bayliss and Ted Belytschko

Dawn Alisha Lott is an applied mathematician at Delaware State University,[1] where she is a professor in the department of physical and computational sciences[2] and, since 2009, the director of the university's honors program.[3]


Lott's research concerns numerical partial differential equations in solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, and biomechanics.[3][4] She has also published several papers on solitons.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Lott is African-American.[5] She graduated from Bucknell University in 1987, with a bachelor's degree in mathematics, and earned a master's degree in mathematics from Michigan State University in 1989.[1] She did her doctoral work in Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University, completing her Ph.D. in 1994. Her dissertation, Adaptive Chebyshev Pseudo-Spectral Approximation for Shear Band Formation in Viscoplastic Materials, was jointly supervised by Alvin Bayliss and Ted Belytschko.[1][6]

After postdoctoral research from 1994 to 1997 at the University of Maryland, College Park, Lott became a faculty member at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1998.[5] She moved to Delaware State in 2003.[3]In 2004, she was an EDGE instructor.[7]


Lott was the AWM/MAA Falconer Lecturer for 2011. Her lecture concerned the mathematical treatment of aneurysms.[4]

In 2013, Delaware State gave her their award for Faculty Excellence in Advising,[8] and in 2014 they gave her their award for Faculty Excellence in University and Community Service.[9]

Lott's accomplishments earned her recognition by Mathematically Gifted & Black as a Black History Month 2019 Honoree.[10]

Lott was selected as a Fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics in the Class of 2021 "for her deep commitment to the advancement of women as reflected through her many roles in AWM, the National Association of Mathematicians, and other associations as a committee member, leader, mentor, and speaker, and in supervision of several women obtaining the PhD or MS degree".[11]


  1. ^ a b c d Biography of Dr. Dawn A. Lott, archived from the original on 2016-01-24, retrieved 2018-10-31
  2. ^ Faculty Profiles, Delaware State University, 13 December 2016, retrieved 2018-10-31
  3. ^ a b c Dr. Dawn Lott named new director of Honors Program at DSU, Delaware State University, July 9, 2009, retrieved 2018-10-31
  4. ^ a b "Dawn Lott", Past Falconer Lecturers, Association for Women in Mathematics, archived from the original on 2016-08-27, retrieved 2018-10-31. See also Lott's talk abstract Archived 2016-08-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b Williams, Scott W., "Dawn A. Lott", Black Women in Mathematics, University at Buffalo, retrieved 2018-10-31
  6. ^ Dawn Lott at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  7. ^ "EDGE for Women". Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  8. ^ DSU Presents its 2013 Faculty Excellence Awards, Delaware State University, May 30, 2013, retrieved 2018-10-31
  9. ^ DSU Announces 2014 Faculty Excellence Award Recipients, Delaware State University, May 30, 2014, retrieved 2018-10-31
  10. ^ "Dawn A. Lott". Mathematically Gifted & Black. Archived from the original on 2020-06-12.
  11. ^ "The AWM Fellows Program: 2021 Class of AWM Fellows". Association for Women in Mathematics. Retrieved 7 November 2020.

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