John Burns received his B.S.E. and M.S.E. degrees in mathematics from the Arkansas State University, Ark, USA, in 1967 and 1968, respectively. He obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from The University of Oklahoma, Okla, USA, in 1970 and 1973, respectively. Burns is the Hatcher Professor of mathematics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and the Director of the Center for Optimal Design and Control. He has published over 125 research papers on computational methods for identification, optimization, and control of systems governed by partial and functional differential equations. He has directed over twenty Ph.D. degree students and 10 M.S. degree theses. He has served on more than 12 editorial boards, and he was the Founding Editor of the SIAM Book Series on Advances in Design and Control. Moreover, he has served as a Vice President of SIAM. Burns is the past Chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Systems and Control and is a Fellow of the IEEE. Dr. Burns’ primary interests concern the development of rigorous and practical computational algorithms for design and optimization of engineering and biological systems. He has applied his research to a wide variety of areas including fluid dynamics, smart materials, large space structures, nanodevices, and aerodynamic design. Dr. Burns has been a Consultant and an Advisor to Booz Allen Hamilton, NASA Langley Research Center, Air Force Research Laboratory, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and The Babcock and Wilcox Company, Solers, Inc. and held several academic visiting positions in the USA and Europe.
Biography Updated on 22 January 2009