Dr. Danielle Carr Ramdath

Personal

Prefix: Dr.
First Name: Danielle
Last Name: Carr Ramdath

Education

Summary

Danielle Carr was born in Washington, D.C. Her mother and father are both physicians and their occupations exposed her to the sciences while she was growing up.

Biography

Employment:  Program Officer for Higher Education Andrew Mellon Foundation

Danielle Carr was born in Washington, D.C. Her mother and father are both physicians and their occupations exposed her to the sciences while she was growing up. However, Dr. Carr attributes her decision to become a scientist to the influence of her grandfather, Dr. Herman Branson. He was a physicist and instilled in her an appreciation for the stars and constellations. In addition, Dr. Carr developed a true love for the sciences by visiting museums and exploring nature. By asking "How" and "Why" about her observations, she developed an interest in scientific investigations. After graduation from Oakcrest High School in 1983, Dr. Carr's initial decision was to become a physician.

Dr. Carr's undergraduate institution was Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. At first, Dr. Carr was a chemistry major, but developed a more intense interest in mathematics and therefore switched her major to mathematics. During her senior year, Dr. Carr gave a talk to the senior math majors about the mathematical models used in epidemiology, the study of the spread of diseases. She earned a B.S. degree in Mathematics in 1987. Dr. Carr loved this area of research and decided to pursue a graduate degree in mathematics in order to learn the necessary skills to develop her own models. She was conferred a Master of Arts degree in 1990 and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Mathematics in 1992 at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. While in graduate school, she earned several professional honors, some of which include: the Duke Endowment Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Minority Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Later, as a professor, she was honored with the Clare Booth Luce Professorship.

While she was a graduate student at Duke, Dr. Carr's research was the development and mathematical analysis of a mathematical model used to describe the transport of proteins and fat cells (such as cholesterol) inside the axon of the nerve cell. After receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Carr spent two years as a visiting member and postdoctoral fellow at the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences in New York City. There, she switched research fields to computational fluid dynamics in order to investigate how fish swim.

Dr. Carr was an Assistant Professor at Bryn Mawr College from 1993 to 1998 where she taught mathematics and narrowed her research to the analysis of computational methods used to model objects immersed in a fluid. Bryn Mawr College is an all-women's institution that has a graduate program in mathematics. Dr. Carr actively steered students into the sciences, specifically mathematics. Dr. Carr has mentored a number of women in mathematics, who have gone on to pursue careers in business, law, advanced degree programs in graduate school, and medicine. She now works at the Andrew Mellon Foundation in New York.

Major Scientific Interest: 
The application of differential equations to develop and analyze mathematical models for two different areas of research. The first area is the transport of fat cells and proteins from the cell body inside the axon of the nerve cell. This area is called axonal transport. The second area is the computational modeling of objects moving in a fluid, such as fish moving in water. This area is called computational fluid dynamics.

She now serves as director of graduate programs, coordinates the college’s visiting scholars program, and assists with programming and faculty development initiatives. She serves as the staff liaison to the Committee on Academic Priorities, manages the staff and workflow in the Office of the Provost, and works closely with academic assistants across the campus. Before coming to Smith in 2007, she taught mathematics at Bryn Mawr and Sarah Lawrence Colleges and served as a Program Officer in Higher Education at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

Publications

Carr, Danielle D. Global existence of solutions to reaction-hyperbolic systems in one space dimension. SIAM J. Math. Anal. 26 (1995), no. 2, 399--414.

Lifetime

Year Born: 1966