Robert E. Megginson
Associate Dean for Undergraduate & Graduate Education, College of Literature, Science & the Arts
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
F21 Class of 1996
Robert E. Megginson is Deputy Director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan. All of his higher education has been from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received his B.S. in Physics in 1969, his A.M. in Statistics in 1983, and his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1984. He worked in industry for eight years after receiving his bachelor's degree, rising to the position of Lead Computer Systems Software Specialist for Roper Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, where he was in charge of the development and maintenance of operating system software for the corporation's computer sites. Megginson has been active at the national level in programs to address the under-representation of minorities in mathematics, serving for many years as co-chair of the Mathematical Association of America's Committee on Minority Participation in Mathematics. Each summer, he conducts programs on American Indian reservations for precollege students and their teachers designed to keep the students in the educational pipeline leading to college degrees in mathematics-based disciplines. He has received a number of recognitions for these efforts, including the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in 1997 and the Ely S. Parker Award of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society in 1999. He has been named to the Native American Science and Engineering Wall of Fame maintained at Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, and included in the book 100 Native Americans Who Shaped American History by Bonnie Juettner, Bluewood Books, 2002.