Professor

Department of Mathematics

Computing Ph.D. Program

Boise State University

Boise, Idaho, USA

gradywright@boisestate.edu

I received a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2003 and then spent the next four years as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Utah before joining the Department of Mathematics at Boise State. I have worked as a software engineer in industry and held visiting research positions at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford, and Division of Scientific Computing at Uppsala University. I have previously served as President and Treasurer of the SIAM Pacific Northwest (PNW) section, and am currently the Co-Director of the Computing PhD Program at Boise State.

My research interests are in computational and applied mathematics, with a specific focus on the following

- Approximation theory and practice
- Meshfree methods using radial basis function (RBF) methods
- Spectral and high-order finite difference methods
- Numerical methods for partial differential equations (PDEs) on surfaces
- Coupled bulk-surface biomechanical problems
- Geophysical fluid dynamics, especially arising spherical and elliptical domains
- Iterative methods for linear systems
- Scientific computing
- Numerical software development

I very much enjoy teaching and have had the opportunity to instruct a range of mathematics courses from the undergraduate to the graduate level. These courses inlcude calculus, ordinary/partial differential equations, linear algebra, computational mathematics, complex variables, applied math, approximation theory, numerical analysis, numerical linear algebra, numerical differential equations, and matrix methods in data science. I have also instructed workshops and tutorials on radial basis function methods.