Dr. Lew Lefton is a faculty member in the Georgia Tech School of Mathematics and he serves as the Assistant Dean of IT for the College of Sciences. He currently serves in the role of Assistant Vice President for Research Cyberinfrastructure in the office of Georgia Tech's Executive Vice President for Research.
Lefton's research interests are in the area of scalable scientific computing, applied mathematics, and numerical analysis. He is also interested in the study of humor and it's applications to education, communication, creativity, and innovation. Lefton has authored over a dozen journal articles, and he co-authored the textbook "Introduction to Parallel and Vector Scientific Computing".
Lefton is also a leader in the maker movement, especially in it's application to STEAM education. He is the founding director of Decatur Makers, an inclusive community makerspace that emphasizes STEAM opportunities, and he's on the board of the Southeast Makers Alliance where he has been a co-producer of Maker Faire Atlanta. In addition, Lefton is an accomplished and experienced comedian who has done stand up and improv comedy for over three decades.