Eminent Members designated as SIAM Fellows

SIAM is pleased to announce the 2014 Class of SIAM Fellows. These distinguished members were nominated for their exemplary research as well as outstanding service to the community. Through their contributions, SIAM Fellows help advance the fields of applied mathematics and computational science.

SIAM would like to congratulate these 32 members of the community listed below in alphabetical order:

Mark Ainsworth, Brown University

John S. Baras, University of Maryland, College Park

Lorenz T. Biegler, Carnegie Mellon University

Åke Björck, Linköping University, Emeritus

Alfred M. Bruckstein, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Suncica Canic, University of Houston

Inderjit S. Dhillon, The University of Texas at Austin

Vladimir L. Druskin, Schlumberger-Doll Research

Leah Edelstein-Keshet, University of British Columbia

Donald Estep, Colorado State University

Bengt Fornberg, University of Colorado Boulder

Omar Ghattas, The University of Texas at Austin

Philip E. Gill, University of California, San Diego

Solomon W. Golomb, University of Southern California

Jan S. Hesthaven, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Dorit S. Hochbaum, University of California, Berkeley

Masakazu Kojima, Tokyo Institute of Technology and JST CREST

Jeffrey C. Lagarias, University of Michigan

Jean B. Lasserre, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Institute of Mathematics, University of Toulouse

Tai-Ping Liu, Academia Sinica

Mitchell B. Luskin, University of Minnesota

Nancy K. Nichols, University of Reading

Peter J. Olver, University of Minnesota

Yuriko Yamamuro Renardy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

L. Ridgway Scott, University of Chicago

Mikhail Shashkov, Los Alamos National Laboratory, X-Computational Physics Division

Christine A. Shoemaker, Cornell University

Valeria Simoncini, Università di Bologna

Zdeněk Strakoš, Charles University in Prague

Bernd Sturmfels, University of California, Berkeley

Jorge X. Velasco-Hernandez, Instituto de Matemáticas UNAM

Michael S. Vogelius, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Mark Ainsworth of Brown University is being recognized for contributions to numerical analysis and scientific computing including finite element methods, adaptive methods, reliability, and a posteriori error estimation.  A professor of applied mathematics at Brown, Dr. Ainsworth’s research interests are in developing efficient and practical computational algorithms for the adaptive solution of systems of partial differential equations (PDEs), their rigorous mathematical analysis, and application to relevant physical problems. Dr. Ainsworth serves on the editorial boards of the SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis and the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing.
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John S. Baras, a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, is being conferred Fellowship for contributions to systems theory, stochastic control, and communication networks. Professor Baras’ research spans scaleable multicast security; hybrid communication and large broadband hybrid networks; intelligent control; wavelets; robust speaker identification; image processing; clustering algorithms; distributed control systems; stochastic dynamic model building, control, and scheduling; real-time sequential detection and estimation; computer-aided control systems design; queuing systems; quantum communications; nonlinear systems; manufacturing process selection for electromechanical products; and radar systems.
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Lorenz T. Biegler is head of chemical engineering and Bayer Professor of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He is being honored as a SIAM Fellow for pioneering contributions in large-scale nonlinear optimization theory and algorithms, particularly IPOPT, and their novel application to flowsheet optimization, process control, data reconciliation, and complex process applications. He serves on the editorial board of the SIAM Journal of Optimization and is a SIAM book author. Professor Biegler’s research focuses on the development and application of concepts, algorithms, and applications of optimization and numerical methods for process design, analysis, operations, and control.
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Åke Björck, Professor Emeritus in the department of mathematics at Linköping University in Sweden, is being conferred SIAM Fellowship in recognition of his contributions to the numerical analysis of matrix computations, especially numerical methods for least squares problems. His research interests are in numerical linear algebra, least squares problems, and sparse matrix computation. Professor Bjorck has previously served on the editorial boards of the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics and the SIAM Journal on Scientific and Statistical Computing (currently known as the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing). He is a SIAM book author.
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Alfred M. Bruckstein, Ollendorff Chaired Professor in the computer science department at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, is being recognized for contributions to signal processing, image analysis, and ant-robotics. His areas of research include image and signal processing; image analysis and synthesis; pattern recognition; applied geometry; robotics, especially ant robotics; estimation theory; and neural coding. Professor Bruckstein serves on the editorial board of the SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences.
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Suncica Canic, Cullen Distinguished Professor at the University of Houston, is being recognized as a SIAM Fellow. She is one of the leading applied mathematicians known for her work on the modeling and analysis of partial differential equations motivated by applications in the life sciences. Professor Canic is the Program Director for the SIAG on Analysis of Partial Differential Equations and serves on the editorial board of the SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis. Cancic’s area of research spans mathematical biology,  hemodynamics, and compressible flow.
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Inderjit S. Dhillon, a professor in the computer science and mathematics departments at The University of Texas at Austin, is being honored for contributions to computational linear algebra, data analysis, and machine learning. He received the SIAG/Linear Algebra Prize in 2006 and the SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize in 2011. Professor Dhillon’s area of research spans machine learning, data mining, and bioinformatics, including high-dimensional data analysis, divide-and-conquer methods for big data analytics, social network analysis, and predicting gene-disease associations.
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Vladimir L. Druskin, a scientific advisor in mathematics and modeling at Schlumberger-Doll Research, is being conferred Fellowship for contributions to inverse problems, scientific computing, and numerical analysis, and their applications to hydrocarbon exploration. Dr. Druskin’s area of research includes computational geophysics and related aspects of numerical analysis, inverse problems, and approximation theory.
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Leah Edelstein-Keshet, a professor in the mathematics department at the University of British Columbia, is being honored for outstanding and influential contributions to the mathematics and modeling of the cell, the immune system, and biological swarms, as well as for innovative contributions to applied mathematics education. Her research spans a wide range of areas including mathematical biology, molecular biology of the cytoskeleton, the dynamics of swarming and social organisms, and models for neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s disease and pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes. Professor Edelstein-Keshet is a SIAM book author.
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Donald Estep, professor of statistics and mathematics at Colorado State University, is being recognized for timely and high impact contributions in computational science and engineering, industrial collaborations, and mathematical exposition. Professor Estep is the founding and current Editor-in-Chief of the SIAM/ASA Journal on Uncertainty Quantification as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the SIAM Book Series on Computational Science and Engineering. He previously served on the editorial board of the SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis. His areas of research include numerical analysis, scientific computing, applied analysis, and application of differential equations.
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Bengt Fornberg, professor of applied mathematics at the University of Colorado Boulder, is being honored for contributions to numerical computation and its applications. His main research interests are in numerical analysis, including high accuracy finite difference, pseudospectral, and radial basis function methods for solving partial differential equations, as well as computational wave and fluid dynamics, particularly, electromagnetic waves, flows past objects, and geophysical flows. Professor Fornberg is in the process of publishing a SIAM book.
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Omar Ghattas is John A. and Katherine G. Jackson Chair in Computational Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. He is being recognized for contributions to optimization of systems governed by partial differential equations and leadership to promote computational science and engineering in SIAM. His research interests are in simulation and modeling of complex geophysical, mechanical, and biological systems on supercomputers, with special interest in inverse problems and associated uncertainty quantification for large-scale systems. Professor Ghattas is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the SIAM book series on Computational Science and Engineering and previously served on the editorial board of the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing.
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Philip E. Gill, a professor in the department of mathematics at the University of California, San Diego, is being recognized as a Fellow for contributions to numerical optimization, linear algebra, and software.
Professor Gill previously served on the editorial boards of SIAM Review, the SIAM Journal on Optimization, and the SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis. He has also served as the Program Director of the SIAG on Optimization. Dr. Gill’s research spans linear programming; nonlinear programming; sparse matrix methods; interior methods; design and implementation of algorithms for unconstrained optimization; constrained optimization; and nonlinear least squares.
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Solomon W. Golomb is the Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mathematics and the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Chair in Communications at the University of Southern California. He is being conferred Fellowship for his contributions to coding theory, data encryption, communications, and mathematical games. Professor Golomb’s research focuses on signal design for communications and radar, coding theory and cryptography, combinatorial analysis, number theory, and mathematical game theory. In 2013, Golomb received the National Medal of Science from President Obama for his advances in mathematics and communications.
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Jan S. Hesthaven, Chair of Computational Mathematics and Simulation Science at École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, is being honored for advances in high-order numerical methods for partial differential equations and applications. He previously served as Associate Editor of the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, and currently serves as section editor for the journal. Dr. Hesthaven’s research interests are in the development, analysis, and application of high-order accurate computational methods for solving partial differential equations with a strong foundation in analysis and methods development, yet emphasizing application driven activities in interdisciplinary collaborative efforts.
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Dorit S. Hochbaum, a professor in the industrial engineering and operations research department at the University of California, Berkeley, is being recognized for contributions to the design and analysis of approximation algorithms, flow problems, and their innovative use in applications, and in solving NP-hard problems. Her areas of research include supply chain management, efficient utilization of resources, computer algorithms, and discrete optimization.
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Masakazu Kojima, Professor Emeritus in the department of mathematical and computing sciences at Tokyo Institute of Technology, is being honored for contributions to semidefinite optimization and complementarity problems. He has previously served on the editorial board of the SIAM Journal on Optimization. Professor Kojima’s research interests span Mathematica programming; semidefinite programming; global optimization; interior-point methods; linear and nonlinear programming; and combinatorial optimization.
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Jeffrey C. Lagarias, professor of mathematics at the University of Michigan, is being recognized as a Fellow for contributions to the theory of wavelets and harmonic analysis, and contributions to interior-point and direct search optimization. Lagarias’ areas of research interest include algorithms and computational complexity; cryptography; discrete and computational geometry; dynamical systems; linear programming and optimization; low-dimensional topology; mathematical physics; and number theory.
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Jean B. Lasserre, Director of Research at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France, is being conferred Fellowship for contributions to global polynomial optimization and the generalized problem of moments. In 2009, Dr. Lasserre received the Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization, awarded jointly by the Mathematical Optimization Society (MOS) and SIAM. Lasserre has previously served on the editorial boards of the SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization and the SIAM Journal on Optimization. His research interests are in control theory, production planning and scheduling, applied mathematics, and probability.
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Tai-Ping Liu, a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute of Mathematics, Academia Sinica, is being recognized for fundamental contributions to the theory of shock waves and kinetic theory. Dr. Liu’s research interests include nonlinear partial differential equations, shock wave theory, and kinetic theory. Liu is a SIAM book author.
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Mitchell B. Luskin, professor of mathematics at the University of Minnesota, is being honored for contributions to multiscale numerical methods for materials with microstructure and defects and atomistic to continuum models. Professor Luskin works in the areas of numerical analysis, differential equations, computational physics, and applications to phase transitions, metastability, and microstructure in materials and biological science. Luskin has previously served on the editorial boards of the SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis and Multiscale Modeling and Simulation.
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Nancy K. Nichols, professor of applied mathematics at the University of Reading, is being conferred Fellowship for contributions to the numerical analysis of systems, control, and data assimilation. Her research interests include numerical solutions of differential equations; boundary value problems and singular perturbations; numerical linear algebra; systems and control theory; robust control system design; applications of optimal control theory; and data assimilation in environmental sciences. She has previously served as the President of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Section of SIAM and as associate editor of the SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications.
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Peter J. Olver of the University of Minnesota is being honored for developing new geometric methods for differential equations leading to applications in fluid mechanics, elasticity, quantum mechanics, and image processing. He has served on the editorial boards of the SIAM Journal of Mathematical Analysis and the SIAM Classics Book Series. Professor Olver’s research focuses on applications of symmetry and Lie groups to differential equations, including applications in fluid mechanics; elasticity; quantum mechanics; mathematical physics; Hamiltonian mechanics; the calculus of variations; differential geometry; classical invariant theory; computer vision; and geometric numerical methods.
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Yuriko Yamamuro Renardy, Class-Of-1950-Endowed Professor of Mathematics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is being recognized for contributions to the fluid dynamics of interfacial instabilities, through the mathematical analysis and numerical studies of viscous, viscoelastic, and thermal effects. Her area of research focuses on fluid mechanics, addressing problems associated with fluid flow and polymer manufacturing.
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L. Ridgway Scott, Louis Block Professor in the departments of computer science and mathematics at the University of Chicago, is being conferred this honor for contributions to finite element methods and scientific computing. Scott has previously served on the editorial boards of SIAM Review and SIAM Journal for Numerical Analysis. His areas of research span finite element methods, parallel computing, biophysics, and fundamental computational aspects of structural mechanics, fluid dynamics, nuclear engineering, and computational chemistry.
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Mikhail Shashkov, Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow, is being honored for seminal contributions in the development of mimetic finite difference methods for the discretization of nonlinear systems of partial differential equations. Shashkov serves on the editorial board of the SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis. His research interests include numerical analysis, differential equations, mathematical fluids, computational fluid dynamics, fluid flow, numerical modeling, and finite element method.
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Christine A. Shoemaker is Joseph P. Ripley Professor at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and School of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell University. She is being honored as a SIAM Fellow for the development and use of computational optimization algorithms for finding cost-effective management solutions to complex problems in a wide range of environmentally related areas. Professor Shoemaker’s research centers on finding cost-effective, robust solutions for environmental problems by using optimization, modeling, and statistical analyses.
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Valeria Simoncini, professor of numerical analysis at Università di Bologna, is being recognized for substantial contributions to Numerical Linear Algebra including eigenvalue problems, saddle-point problems, matrix equations, matrix functions, and model order reduction. Her area of research includes matrix computations and spectral perturbation theory, with applications to PDEs, control, and multivariate statistics. She serves on the editorial boards of the SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications and the SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis.
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Zdeněk Strakoš, faculty of mathematics and physics at Charles University in Prague, is being honored for advances in numerical linear algebra, especially iterative methods. He previously served on the editorial board of the SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications and received the SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra (SIAG/LA) Prize in 1994. His research interests include modeling of materials, model reduction and efficient numerical methods, applied analysis, and computational mathematics.
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Bernd Sturmfels, professor of mathematics, statistics, and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, is being recognized for advancing symbolic and numerical techniques for solving systems of nonlinear polynomial equations and inequalities and connecting computational algebraic geometry with applications. His research interests are in algebraic geometry, combinatorics, commutative algebra, algebraic statistics, convex optimization, and computational biology. Professor Sturmfels helped launch the SIAM Activity Group in Algebraic Geometry and won the The John von Neumann Lecture prize in 2010.
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Jorge X. Velasco-Hernandez, a professor at Instituto de Matemáticas UNAM, is being conferred Fellowship for advances in mathematical epidemiology of infectious diseases and in mathematics applied to industry problems. His areas of research include mathematical modeling of infectious diseases and the mathematical modeling of processes in geological engineering.
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Michael S. Vogelius, professor of mathematics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is being recognized for contributions to the mathematical and numerical analysis of nonlinear problems of PDEs and related applications in inverse problems, homogenization, and material science. His areas of research include mathematical analysis, partial differential equations, and numerical analysis.
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The 2014 Class of Fellows will be recognized at the SIAM Annual Meeting to be held in Chicago in July.

To learn more about the SIAM Fellows program, go to http://www.siam.org/prizes/fellows/index.php.

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