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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications
Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications
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Committee On Applied & Theoretical Statistics
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Staff and Contact Info

Michelle Schwalbe, Director
Phone: 202-334-1682, Email:

Director of the Board on Mathematical Sciences and their Applications. She joined the National Academies as a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow working in BMSA and then as an Associate Review Officer with the Report Review Committee (RRC). Following her stint the RRC she returned to BMSA as an Associate Program Officer, then as Program Officer, and then as a Senior Program Officer. She has directed BMSA’s Standing Committee on Theoretical and Applied Statistics (CATS) since 2011, including the Data Science Postsecondary Education Roundtable and a wide range of studies and workshops in CATS portfolio related to big data, reproducibility of scientific results, and related topics. She has also been involved in a wide variety of other BMSA projects as well, including the major effort, The Mathematical Sciences in 2025. Michelle has also led and participated in projects around the NRC, including the NAS/Royal Society Sackler Forum on Machine Learning, Board on Energy and Environmental Systems projects on automotive fuel economy and electric vehicles, and a Policy and Global Affairs Division effort on predictive theoretical and computational approaches for additive manufacturing. Prior to joining the Academies, she held positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Her interests lie broadly in mathematics, statistics, and their many applications. Michelle has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University, an M.S. in Engineering Science and Applied Mathematics from Northwestern, and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from UCLA.