Dawn Lott

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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]


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,[7] and in 2014 they gave her their award for Faculty Excellence in University and Community Service.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d Biography of Dr. Dawn A. Lott, retrieved 2018-10-31
  2. ^ Faculty Profiles, Delaware State University, 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, retrieved 2018-10-31. See also Lott's talk abstract.
  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. ^ DSU Presents its 2013 Faculty Excellence Awards, Delaware State University, May 30, 2013, retrieved 2018-10-31
  8. ^ DSU Announces 2014 Faculty Excellence Award Recipients, Delaware State University, May 30, 2014, retrieved 2018-10-31

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