Title: Professor, Mathematician, Researcher, Educator, Computer Scientist
Company: University of Louisiana
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
Ralph Kearfott, Professor Emeritus at the University of Louisiana, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of mathematics.
A graduate of the University of Utah, Dr. Kearfott earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1972, a Master of Arts in 1974, and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1977. During this time, he also served as a teaching fellow with the institution until 1976. Subsequently, he contributed as a teaching assistant for the University of Texas at Austin for a year before joining the University of Louisiana as a mathematics professor in 1977. He held this position until retiring in 2019 and assuming the role of professor emeritus. In addition to his endeavors, Dr. Kearfott briefly worked as a senior mathematician for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering in Annadale, New Jersey.
In the past, Dr. Kearfott served as a computer programmer for the Center for Numerical Analysis in Austin, as well as the chairperson for the Micro-Processor Standardization Committee with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. A respected voice in the field, he is the co-author of “Introduction to Interval Analysis,” and contributes articles to professional journals. Additionally, he has been an editor for Reliable Computing Journal since 1992. Achievements to his credit include developing portable software libraries for nonlinear systems, stewarding the development of international standards for computer arithmetic, and advancing the state of the art in global optimization and interval computations. A member of the American Mathematical Society, Dr. Kearfott maintains a professional relationship with the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the Mathematical Programming Society, and the Association for Computing Machinery.
The many highlights of Dr. Kearfott’s career include organizing a successful 1993 international conference and obtaining “best presentation” awards at conferences. The most significant recent accomplishment was serving on the mathematics department’s hiring committee, which hired seven people over the course of three years, significantly beneficially impacting the future department. In the coming years, Dr. Kearfott will still be based in Lafayette, Louisiana, with sojourns to various states and countries for professional and leisure activities.
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