Berger received her B.S. in mathematics from State University of New York in 1974. She went on to receive an M.S. and a Ph.D in computer science from Stanford University in 1978 and 1982, respectively.
Career and research
Berger's research includes high-performance parallel computing, numerical analysis, and computational fluid dynamics. Specifically she develops software and engineering applications for the spacecraft and aircraft industries. Berger worked at Argonne National Laboratory as a scientific programmer after graduating from SUNY. Her specific duties included developing models for the Energy and Environmental Systems Division. During her time at Stanford, she became associated with the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. After graduating with her Ph.D., she began working at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University as a faculty member. Berger has served as the deputy director of the Courant Institute and still serves as an educator at NYU.
Awards and recognition
Berger was the recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award, courtesy of the National Science Foundation, in 1988. She received another award from the NSF in 1991, this time a Faculty Award for Women. In 2002, Berger received the NASA Software of the Year Award for Cart3D. In 2000 Berger was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.  In 2004, she received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Sidney Fernbach Award. In 2005 Berger was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Engineering.  In addition to her awards, Berger is a member of the American Mathematical Society, American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the Association for Women in Mathematics.
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