NAME: (Selma) Bart Childs

TITLE: Professor


Ph.D Engineering (Mechanics), Oklahoma State University, 1966

M.Sc. Civil Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 1960

B.Sc. Civil Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 1959


Educational: Professor, Computer Science, Texas A&M University, 1977-present; Faculty Senator, 1987-1992; Supercomputer Advisory Committee, Texas A&M University, Sept. 1987-1988; Academic Computing Advisory Committee, 1983-1984; Manager of CS Computer Laboratory, Texas A&M University, 1980-1984; Adjunct Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering (Texarkana Division), Texas A&M University, Sept. 1974-August 1977; Interim Director of Computing Activities, University of Louisville, January - May 1972; Professor & Chairman, Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Speed Scientific School, University of Louisville, Director of the Engineering Computing Laboratory, 1971-1974; Elected as a Cullen College Of Engineering Representative to the Graduate Council, University of Houston, 1970; Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston, 1968-1970; Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston, 1965-1968; Instructor, Civil Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 1960-1964.

Industrial: Senior Research Engineer, North American Aviation, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1964-1965.

Consulting: Los Alamos National Labs, Los Alamos, New Mexico, 1986-1989; Corbel & Co., Jacksonville, Florida, 1985-1988; The Petroleum Registry, San Antonio, Texas, 1984-1986; Group 4 Architects, Bryan, Texas, 1983-1986; RRC, Inc., (Economic Consultants), Bryan, Texas, 1982-1987.


Society Memberships: Association for Computing Machinery; Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics; Registered Professional Engineer, Texas # 42520; TeX Users Group; American Men and Women of Science; Chi Epsilon, Pi Tau Sigma; Sigma Tau; Sigma Xi; Upsilon Pi Epsilon; Who's Who of American Women.

Professional Outreach: TeX Users Group, President 1985-1989; TeX Users Group, Member of the Board of Directors, 1983-1989; Texas-Oklahoma Section of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Secretary-Treasurer, 1982-1984.


Computational Engineering and Science, Literate Programming, Typography Documentation, Computer Systems


Principal Investigator, Enhancement to the TeX System, U.S. Forest Service, $35,000, 1989; $50,000, 1987-1988; Co-Principal Investigator, Management Information System Design for an Administrative Computer Network, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, $250,000, 1983-1984; Director, An International Working Conference on Codes for Boundary Value Problems in Ordinary Differential Equations, NSF and DOE, $20,000, 1978.


Ph.D. Graduates: 14 M.S. Graduates: 92 Current Ph.D.: 3 Current M.S.: 4


Books: 1 Journal Publications: 11 Conference Proceedings: 13 Presentations: many


"Literate Programming and Documentation Reuse," with Johannes Sametinger, Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Software Reuse, IEEE, Orlando, April 1996.

"Computational Differentiation in BVPs in Ordinary Differential Equations, " with Tim McGuire, Second International Workshop on Computational Differentiation, SIAM, Santa Fe, February 1996.

"Teaching CS/1 Courses in a Literate Manner," Proceedings of the TeX Users Group Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida, July 24-28, 1995.

"Fitting Solutions of Ordinary Differential Equations to Observed Data," with M.R. Osborne, Proceedings of the Computational Techniques and Applications Conference, Melborne, July 1995.

"Principles of Supercomputing as Illustrated by Applications to Traffic Flow Theory," Proceedings of the Congreso Internacional de Supercomputo y Centros de Investigacion Sobre el Transporte, Sanfandila, Mexico, October 19-21, 1994.

"Literate Programming and Problem Solving," The 30th Australian Applied Mathematics Conference, Pokolbin, 6-10 February 1994.

"Extending a BVP Solver: To Solve a Class of Controls Problems," International Workshop on Applied Control Theory, Adelaide, Australia, July 12-14, 1993.

"Some Inverse, Ill-Posed, and/or Ill-Conditioned Problems in Ordinary Differential Equations," Australian Mathematical Society - Annual Meeting, Melbourne, July 15-17, 1991.

"Symbolic Computing, Automatic Programming, and Literate Programming," with Tim McGuire, Computational Techniques and Applications Conference, Adelaide, Australia, July 15-17, 1991.

"An Analysis of Power Series Operators," Applied Mathematics Letters, with Tim McGuire, Pergamon Press, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1991.

"An Interactive Environment for Litereate Programming," Marcus E. Brown, Structured Programming, v. 11, p. 11-15, 1990.

"The State of TeX and TUG, TeX89," Karlsruhe, Germany, September 1989.

"Codes for Boundary-Value Problems in Ordinary Differential Equations," edited by Bart Childs, J.W. Daniel, E.W. Denman, Paul Nelson, and M.R. Scott, Volume 76, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer -Verlag, Heidelberg, 1979 (also contributed two chapters).