Dr. Cullum is a Fellow of the IEEE “For contributions to practical algorithms for large-scale problems” is an outstanding example for girls who want to pursue a career in electrical engineering. She received her B.Sc. in chemical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley.
She started her professional career as a Research Staff member at the IBM Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY in 1967 and took on increasingly more challenging assignments. She left IBM in 1998 to join the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Technical Staff Member. There she is responsible for design, analysis, and implementation of novel numerical algorithms.
Besides her IEEE Fellow award, she has also bee presented the Distinguished Member Award of the IEEE Control Systems Society (1989) and NSF Professorship for Women (1994-1995.) She belongs to several professional societies and was President of the IEEE Control Systems Society in 1989. She has authored several dozen professional papers.