Meet Dr. Talitha Washington, who was an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Howard University and a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Convergence Accelerator. Talitha was formerly in the Division of Undergraduate Education and the co-Lead of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program. Dr. Washington is interested in the applications of differential equations to problems in biology and engineering, as well as the development of nonstandard finite difference schemes to numerically solve dynamical systems. She is also interested in STEM Education Policy.
As an At-Large member of the AWM Executive Committee, Talitha chaired the AWM Programs Committee from 2014 to 2018. She has been active in the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Program and the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM). Her numerous honors include the 2019 BEYA STEM Innovator Award, MAA's 2018 Leitzel Lecturer, an ASI Fellow, and featured by NSF as a Woman History Maker. In 2019, she received the distinguished Outstanding Faculty Award from Howard University. In 2020, she received the NSF Director's Award for Superior Accomplishment.
In late 2020, Dr. Washington was named director of the Atlantic University Center Consortium Data Science Initiative. She began her tenure there in August of 2020. This consortium was launched in 2019 with the gold of dramatically increasing the number of underrepresented minorities with credentials in data analytics.
This short bio appeared on the AWM Facebook page on June 6, 2020, and was written by Marie A. Vitulli. It was modified on October 10, 2020.