featured Teacher February 2017

Professor Talitha Washington


Dr. Talitha Washington is a tenured Associate Professor of Mathematics at Howard University. She 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. Dr. Washington completed her undergraduate studies in mathematics at Spelman College and studied abroad at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mexico. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees in mathematics from the University of Connecticut. She was a Vertical Integration of Research and Education (VIGRE) Research Associate in the Department of Mathematics at Duke University. She held assistant professorships at The College of New Rochelle and the University of Evansville, and most recently, an associate professorship at Howard University.

She recently presented "The Mathematics of the 'Hidden Figures'" at the National Math Festival held on April 22, 2017 at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. The following link will take you to a video of her presentation https://vimeo.com/214718938 . She also conducted a presentation on May 23rd at CETLA highlighting MATLAB, a software that engineers, mathematicians, and scientists worldwide use to analyze and design the systems and products that transform our world!

Dr. Washington also completed the Project Management Certificate program at Georgetown University and participated in the Summer Leadership Institute, led by the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). She has coordinated the EDGE (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education) Program and has led a Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) Research Experience for Undergraduates. Her work on Dr. Elbert Frank Cox, the first Black in the world to earn a PhD in mathematics, has been shared on radio and television stations, as well as in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, easily the most visible journal to all mathematicians. She often shares the mathematics shown in the Hidden Figures movie. Dr. Washington is a motivational speaker who enjoys sharing her expertise on diversity and mathematics to a wide range of audiences.

She serves on the:

  • Council of the American Mathematical Society (AMS),
  • Executive Committee of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM),
  • Congress of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA),
  • Mathematical Sciences Academic Advisory Committee of the College Board,
  • Board of the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM), and
  • Board of Advisors of the National Institute for Mathematics and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS).

Find out more about Dr. Talitha Washington’s work here! http://www.talithawashington.com/.