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Layne T. Watson received the B.A. degree (magna cum laude) in psychology and mathematics from the University of Evansville, Indiana, in 1969, and the Ph.D. degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1974. He has worked for USNAD Crane, Sandia National Laboratories, and General Motors Research Laboratories and served on the faculties of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and University of Notre Dame. He is currently a member of the faculty of health sciences, and professor of computer science, mathematics, and aerospace and ocean engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has served as senior editor of Applied Mathematics and Computation, and associate editor of ORSA Journal on Computing, SIAM Journal on Optimization, Computational Optimization and Applications, Evolutionary Optimization, Engineering Computations, and the International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, a fellow of the National Institute of Aerospace, and of the International Society of Intelligent Biological Medicine. He has published well over 345 refereed journal articles and 250 refereed conference papers. His research interests include fluid dynamics, solid mechanics, numerical analysis, optimization, parallel computation, mathematical software, image processing, bioinformatics, and machine learning.


B.A., University of Evansville, 1969

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1974

Research Interests

Numerical Analysis
Nonlinear Programming
Mathematical Software
Solid Mechanics
Fluid Mechanics
Image Processing
Scientific Computation
Machine Learning

Selected Publications

Algorithm 1007: QNSTOP---quasi-Newton algorithm for stochastic optimization. ACM TRANS. MATH. SOFTWARE, 46, ARTICLE 17 (2020) 1--20. B. D. AMOS, D. R. EASTERLING, L. T. WATSON, W. I. THACKER, B. S. CASTLE, AND M. W. TROSSET


Life Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 2015
Outstanding Reviewer Award, Emerald Publishing Co., for the journal Engineering Computations 2012, 2013
Best Paper Award, 19th High Performance Computing Symposium, 2011 Spring Simulation Multiconference 2011
Fellow of the International Society of Intelligent Biological Medicine 2008
Dean's Award for Excellence in Research 2007
Fellow of The National Institute of Aerospace 2004
First Place George Marra Award for Excellence in Writing, Society for Wood Science and Technology 2004
DARPA BioSPICE Special Recognition Award 2002
Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Excellence in Research 2000
Best Paper Award, Sixth AIAA/NASA/ISSMO Symposium on Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization 1997
Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 1993
Special Year Lecturer at The University of Maryland 1981
Teaching Fellowship, Department of Mathematics, The University of Michigan 1969-1974
Freshman Math Award, University of Evansville. 1966--69, Hoosier Scholar Scholarship, State of Indiana 1966
Academic Alumni Scholarship, University of Evansville 1965-1969