Dr. William E. Fitzgibbon, III earned both his BA and PhD degrees from Vanderbilt University in 1968 and 1972 respectively. He is the former Dean of the College of Technology of University of Houston and holds professorial rank in both the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Engineering Technology of the University of Houston. Previously he served as Chair of the Department of the Mathematics, co-Head of the Department of Computer Science and President of the University of Houston Faculty Senate. Over the course of his career he has held faculty positions at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Bordeaux I and the University of Bordeaux II as well as a research position at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. His academic discipline is applied mathematics with specialization in mathematical biology (mathematical models in epidemiology and ecology), reactive flow, nonlinear partial differential equations and integro-differential equations. He has been an editor of nine books and he has authored or co-authored well over 130 research articles plus numerous articles, reviews, and reports. He has lectured extensively in North America, Europe and Asia.
Dr. Fitzgibbon is a member of the Board of Directors of the International University of Grand Bassam and serves as Chair of Academic Subcommittee of the Board. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Directors, Houston Technology Center; the Board of Directors of the East End Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trustees of the Houston Maritime Museum, Board of Advisors, Abramson Center for the Future of Health the Board of Advisors, Dean and Provost, the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Partial Differential Equations, Journal of Mathematics, and the Chinese Journal of Mathematics, and on the Honorary Editorial Board of Infectious Disease: Research and Treatment: 2008. Memberships include: the American Mathematical Society, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Society of Mathematical Biology, the Irish Mathematical Society, the Houston World Affairs Council, Technology Executive Club Houston, Houston Petroleum Club, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Delta, Pi Mu Epsilon, and Tau Alpha Pi.