Charles Van Loan has been a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science since 1975. He received his BS (1969), MS (1970), and PhD (1973) in mathematics from the University of Michigan. His research area is matrix computations, a practical field that has an important role throughout the physical, biological, and social sciences. Van Loan’s teaching (and textbook writing) range from freshman-level programming to upper level scientific computing. His research text Matrix Computations (with G.H. Golub) is one of the most widely cited books in all of mathematics and computer science. He is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
His contributions to student life include serving on the University Mental Health Council and the Faculty Advisory Committee on Athletics and Physical Education. Van Loan has received the top awards for academic advising that are given by the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences. Van Loan has served in the Department of Computer Science as Director of Undergraduate Studies (8 years), Director of the Master of Engineering Program (3 years), Director of PhD Studies (5 years), and Department Chair (7 years).