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James R. Brannan was mentored by both Boyce and DiPrima, wrote the student solutions manual to the 4th edition of Boyce and DiPrima, and contributed problems to the 8th edition of that text. In addition, he has used their book several times during the 27 years he has taught and applied mathematics at Clemson. During that time, Dr. Brannan also developed a large number of modeling and computational project modules for differential equations and advanced engineering mathematics courses. He has also been exposed to a large number of problems and applications in differential equations, serving as a visiting scientists at DOE and Navy research laboratories, and as a consultant in applied mathematics to government and industry.

William E. Boyce received his B.A. degree in Mathematics from Rhodes College, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He is currently the Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Science Education (Department of Mathematical Sciences) at Rensselaer. He is the author of numerous technical papers in boundary value problems and random differential equations and their applications. He is the author of several textbooks, including Elementary Differential Equations and Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems (Wiley). Professor Boyce was a member of the NSF-sponsored CODEE (Consortium for Ordinary Differential Equations Experiments) that led to the widely acclaimed ODE Architect. In 1991, he received the William H. Wiley Distinguished Faculty Award given by Rensselaer.