Professor Adams completed her undergraduate work at the West Virginia Institute of Technology in Mathematics in 1975. She obtained her doctorate degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 1983. She has been at the University of Washington since 1985 and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Computer Science department. Professor Adams has received support from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Department of Energy, Digital Equipment Corporation, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is currently an editor of the SIAM Journal on Scientific and Statistical Computing.