Kris Stewart Bio
July 2008

Dr. Kris Stewart (stewart at
San Diego State University

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Dr. Stewart (Ph.D. "Semi-Implicit Backward Differentiation Formulas", University of New Mexico, 1987, Advisor: L.F. Shampine) has done research on mathematical software for ordinary differential equations and teaches courses on scientific problem solving, compiler construction and 3d game programming at San Diego State University, where she joined the faculty in 1984. She has worked with the San Diego Supercomputer Center since 1986, first as a user, then as a Senior Fellow to develop curricular materials for the undergraduate supercomputing course at SDSU focusing on the Cray. In 1994 she received the Dept. of Energy Undergraduate Computational Science Award . She has been invited to give numerous presentations, a subset is

Dr. Stewart became the Director of the Education Center for Computational Science & Engineering (EC/CSE) representing the California State University (CSU), and housed at San Diego State University in April 1997. This was part of the funding by the NSF for two national partnerships for advanced computing infrastructure, the rebirth of the NSF Supercomputer Centers Program. The National Partnership for Advanced Computing Infrastructure (NPACI) was led by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and includes partner institutions from academia, research institutions and private commercial concerns. The National Computational Science Alliance (NCSA) was centered in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois and comprises another broad ranging national partnership. Educators from both funded groups collaborated to form the Education, Outreach and Training (EOT-PACI) and fashion a national plan to facilitate the transfer of technology from the high performance sites among the partnerships to infuse the curriculum, especially at the undergraduate level.

The activities involved Visualization for Education, using the widely available 3d game engines, through the NSF Grant from the Office of CyberInfrastructure (OCI) to sponsor the partnership, EPIC, Engaging People in Cyberinfrastructure. A summary of the accomplishments in 2005/6 is found on line from Using Torque 3D Game Engine, to benefit high school science curricular with the Torque Game Engine from

Dr. Stewart worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) from 1979 to 1981 after receiving her Masters Degree in Computer Science from SDSU. The software for her Masters project, SCRUNCH, translating Fortran math software to run on the PC in Basic, is still available from NIST, above. She was a consultant at the Los Alamos National Laboratory while working on her Ph.D. under Dr. Larry Shampine at the University of New Mexico (UNM) [1981-87].

stewart [at]
Professor, Computer Sciences Department
San Diego State University San Diego, CA 92182-7720