NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)
Ron Buckmire is the Lead Program Director of the Scholarship for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program housed in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Before coming to NSF in May 2016 as a permanent program director responsible for mathematics education, he had served as a rotator (temporary Program Director) in DUE from 2011-2013. He has been a faculty member at Occidental College in Los Angeles for 22 years, serving as chair of the Mathematics department (2005-2010, 2015-2016) and achieving the rank of Full Professor in 2014 after starting as a Minority Postdoctoral Scholar-in-Residence in 1994. Ron holds Mathematics degrees (Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc.) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has published peer-reviewed articles in an eclectic collection of journals such as Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations, IMA Journal of Management Mathematics, Works and Days and the Albany Law Review. His primary areas of research interest include mathematical modeling, applied mathematics, numerical analysis (specifically nonstandard finite-difference approximations of ordinary and partial differential equations), mathematical education and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He is an avid tennis fan, often active on social media (on Twitter @madprofessah and on Instagram @ronbuckmire) and has regularly updated the blog The Mad Professah Lectures since 2005.