Michele Joyner is an associate professor of applied mathematics in the Mathematics & Statistics Department at East Tennessee State University. She earned her B.S. in mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology and completed her Ph.D. in applied mathematics with a concentration in computational mathematics at North Carolina State University. She has actively been involved in directing students interested in industrial mathematics through a research course in collaboration with many local companies in East Tennessee. She is also a member of SIAM, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Association for Women in Mathematics.