Robert B. Schnabel

Biographical Sketch

Academic Affairs
University of Colorado
Boulder, Colorado 80309-0074


Ph.D., 1977, Computer Science, Cornell University

M.S., 1975, Computer Science, Cornell University

A.B., 1971, Mathematics, Dartmouth College (summa cum laude)


University of Colorado, Boulder

Vice Provost / Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic and Campus Technology, 1998 - present

Director, Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS), 1997 - present

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Engineering, 1995 - 1997

Chair, Computer Science, 1990-1995

Professor, Computer Science, 1988-present

Associate Professor, Computer Science, 1980-88 (tenured 1983)

Assistant Professor, Computer Science, 1977-80

Selected Professional Service

  • SIAM Review, Editor-in-chief, 2005-present, Section Editor, 1997-2004, Associate Editor, 1994-1996
  • SIAM Journal on Optimization, Associate Editor, 1990-2001
  • Mathematical Programming A, Co-Editor, 1989-1995, Associate Editor, 1995-1999
  • University Space Research Association Board of Trustees, 1998-2005, chair 2003-2005, vice chair 2001-2003
  • Computing Research Association Board of Directors, SIAM representative, 1999-present
  • Information Technology Dean, chair, 2002-present
  • National Center for Women & Information Technology, co-founder and member of executive team, 2003-present
  • RIACS Science Council (NASA Ames), 1992-1998, Convenor, 1995-1998
  • SIAM Council, 1994-1999
  • ACM SIGNUM, Chair, 1989-1993
  • ACM Job Migration Task Force, 2004-2006, co-chair of education committee
  • Mathematical Programming Society Council, 1985-88
  • SIAM Activity Group on Optimization, Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman, 1986-88
  • Co-Chairman, First SIAM Conference on Numerical Optimization, 1984
  • Dartmouth College, Executive Advisory Committee for Institute for Security Technology Studies, chair, 2005-present

Teaching Interests

Numerical computation; Numerical Optimization; Parallel Computation

Research Interests

Numerical computation including numerical solution of unconstrained and constrained optimization problems, solution of systems of nonlinear equations, and nonlinear least squares; Applications of optimization to molecular chemistry; Parallel and distributed computation including parallel numerical languages and parallel numerical algorithms; Diversifying participation in computing and information technology education and workforce.



Numerical Methods for Unconstrained Optimization and Nonlinear Equations, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1983, 378 pages (with J.E. Dennis, Jr.). (Russian edition, Mir Publishing Office, Moscow, 1987, O. Burdakov, translator). Re-published in SIAM Classics in Applied Mathematics series, SIAM, Philadelphia, 1996.

Technical Papers

over 100 technical publications and research papers since 1978

Invited Talks

over 50 invited conference talks since 1978

Research Funding

Principal investigator or co-principal investigator on $30M research funding from Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Army Research Office, and National Science Foundation and other organizations since 1979

Selected Honors


University of Colorado Teaching Recognition Award, 1980

University of Colorado Boulder Faculty Teaching Award, 1987

University of Colorado Boulder Faculty Service Award, 1998


ATLAS Institute:

EDUCAUSE Systemic Progress in Teaching and Learning Award, 2003

University of Colorado Chancellor’s Committee on Minority Affairs Diversity Service Recognition Award, 2004