Gertrud Kraut

  • Professor of Mathematics
  • Mathematics Program Coordinator

Education

  • Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, focusing on analysis and parallel and vector processing
    to solve ordinary differential equations and boundary value problems, Southern
    Methodist University, 1993
  • M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics, focusing on numerical analysis and mathematical
    modeling, Southern Methodist University, 1982
  • B.A. with Honors in Mathematics, San Francisco State University, 1980

I love mathematics because it helps me understand the world around me and provides the foundation for all the technology we enjoy today. I enjoy helping students see that mathematics is all around them; they only need to discover it. They can see mathematics in the crown of a tree, the clouds in the sky, a head of broccoli, or the human body (fractals). The study of mathematics can be challenging. It helps us develop self-discipline and persistence, two essential life qualities.


Education


  • Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, focusing on analysis and parallel and vector processing
    to solve ordinary differential equations and boundary value problems, Southern
    Methodist University, 1993
  • M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics, focusing on numerical analysis and mathematical
    modeling, Southern Methodist University, 1982
  • B.A. with Honors in Mathematics, San Francisco State University, 1980

Courses


  • Mathematics Major: Calculus III, Linear Algebra, Elementary Differential Equations,
    Introduction to Partial Differential Equations, Introduction to Numerical Analysis, and
    History of Mathematics
  • Teacher Certification: Basic Concepts of Mathematics I and II
  • Core: College Algebra, Finite Mathematics, Statistics, and Mathematics
    for Liberal Arts
  • Travel Study: Past trips to Germany

Teaching Positions & Professional Experience


  • Professor of Mathematics, Southern Virginia University, 2014 – present
  • Coordinator of Mathematics, Southern Virginia University, 2008 – present
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics, Southern Virginia University 2007 –2014
  • Director of Institutional Research, Southern Virginia University, 2007 – 2010
  • Lecturer, University of New Hampshire, 2000 – 2007
  • Project Manager, Texas Instruments, 1997 – 2000
  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of Texas at Tyler, 1993 – 1997
  • Teaching Assistant and Lecturer, Southern Methodist University, 1989 – 1993
  • Project Manager, Halliburton, 1988-1989
  • Software Engineer, Geophysical Services Incorporated 1982 – 1988
  • Teaching Assistant, Southern Methodist University, 1980 – 1982

Scholarship & Creative Work


  • Inverting an Introductory Statistics Course,” Primus Special Edition, Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, 2015
  • “The “Fundamental Theorem” of Statistics:  Classifying Student Understanding of Basic Statistical Concepts,” together with Julie Clark, David Mathews, and Joe Wimbish, 2007
  • “Almost Block Diagonal Linear Systems: Sequential and Parallel Solutions Techniques and Applications,” Numerical Linear Algebra Appl.7, 2000
  • “Cost of Stable Algorithms for Bordered Almost Block Diagonal Systems, Supplement I, Numerical Analysis, Scientific Computing, Computer Science of the Zeitschrift fur Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik (ZAMM),” Akademie Verlag, 1996
  • “Convergence and Instability in PCG Methods for Bordered Systems,” Computers and Mathematics with Applications, 1995
  • “Parallel Methods for Boundary Value Problem Linear Algebra,” Proceedings of the Sixth SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing, 1993
  • “Iterative Parallel Methods for Boundary Value Problems,” Proceedings of the Fifth IEEE Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing, 1993
  • “Uniformly Accurate Sturm-Liouville Eigenvalues,” Computing, 1992
  •  Presented research at conferences all in the United States and internationally throughout her career

Awards, Leadership & Service


  • Ed & Chieko Okazaki Distinguished Service Award, Southern Virginia University, 2011
  • NSF Grant Co-Author and Award Recipient, 2008
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, University of New Hampshire, 2004
  • Distinguished Service Award for the creation and direction of the Texas NExT program, Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America, 2000
  • Director of Texas NExT, 1996 – 1999
  • Exxon Education Grant to establish Texas NExT, 1996
  • Project NExT Fellowship, 1994 – 1995

Memberships


American Mathematical Association

Mathematical Association of America

Phi Kappa Phi