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SIAM Student Chapters to present research at CSE15

For the past 12 years, SIAM student chapters have been invited to send representatives to the SIAM Annual Meeting as part of Student Days to present their research in special minisymposia sessions organized by SIAM Education Committee. Since there is no SIAM annual meeting in 2015 in support of ICIAM 2015 in Beijing, chapters have been invited to send representatives to the 2015 SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE15) in March, in Salt Lake City to participate in Student Days.

The student chapter presentations at CSE15, organized by SIAM’s Vice President for Education Rachel Levy of Harvey Mudd College, will be on Sunday, March 15, 2015 in Room 254C as follows:


9:10 AM – 10:50 AM SIAM Student Chapter Presentations

  • System Architecture for a Cooperative Fleet of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), Stacey Joseph-Ellison, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA
  • Affirmative Actions in Education Creating Division and Inefficiency Among Beneficiary Groups in India, Aprant Ajay, Delhi Techinical University, India
  • Interfacial Motion by Mean Curvature in Liquid Crystals, Amy Spicer, University of Bath, UK
  • Theory and Computation for Bilinear Quadratures, Christopher A. Wong, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Survival Probability of Beneficial Mutations in Bacteria, Anna Zhu, Western University Canada, Canada
  • On Strategic Defense in Stochastic Networks, Ryan White, Florida Institute of Technology, USA


1:30 PM – 3:10 PM SIAM Student Chapter Presentations

  • Sublinear Preconditioners for the 2D Helmholtz Equation, Leonardo Zepeda-Núñez, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Solving the Heat Equation with Wavelets, Anne Reinarz, University of Reading, UK
  • Analysis of a Heterogeneous Multiscale Method for Poroelasticity, Paul Delgado, University of Texas at El Paso, USA
  • Experimental Analysis of the Performance of GeoClaw, AnuGA and SurfWB-UC Numerical Models for the Simulation of Tsunami Inundation Phenomena, José Galaz, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile
  • Stabilization in Relation to Wavenumber in HDG Methods, Nicole Olivares, Portland State University, USA
  • Incompressible Flow and (Stabilised) Mixed Finite Element Methods on Highly Stretched Meshes, Andreas Wachtel, University of Strathclyde, UK


Other activities that will enhance the meeting for students include a special orientation prior to Friday’s welcome reception, a career panel and full day career fair featuring non-academic employers on Saturday, professional development sessions and reception Saturday evening, a student lounge, sessions on Undergraduate Research on Monday, poster blitz and posters sessions on Monday and Tuesday, and a session for students with selected conference invited speakers on Tuesday. For more information on Student Days, go to

SIAM welcomes new activity group officers

SIAM is pleased to announce new officers for several activity groups. Officers began their terms on January 1 and will serve 2-year terms through the end of 2016.

SIAG on Analysis of Partial Differential Equations (SIAG/APDE) – Chair: Helena Nussenzveig Lopes; Vice Chair: Dejan Slepcev; Program Director: Lia Bronsard; Secretary: Becca Thomases

SIAG on Computational Science and Engineering (SIAG/CSE) – Chair: Lois Curfman McInnes; Vice Chair: Hans De Sterck; Program Director: Jan Hesthaven; Secretary: Suzanne Shontz

SIAG on Financial Mathematics and Engineering (SIAG/FME) – Chair: Michael Ludkovski; Vice Chair: Sebastian Jaimungal; Program Director: Tim Leung; Secretary: Alex Schied

SIAG on Geosciences (SIAG/GS) – Chair: Carol Woodward; Vice Chair: Juan Restrepo; Program Director: Jorn Behrens; Secretary: Jodi Mead

SIAG on Life Sciences (SIAG/LS) – Chair: Richard Bertram; Vice Chair: Sue Ann Campbell; Program Director: Samuel Isaacson; Secretary: Andrea Barreiro

SIAG on Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures (SIAG/NWCS) – Chair: Thomas Bridges; Vice Chair: Robert Pego; Program Director: Annalisa Calini; Secretary: Jon Wilkening

SIAG on Uncertainty Quantification (SIAG/UQ) – Chair: Andrew Stuart; Vice Chair: Serge Guillas; Program Director: Clayton Webster; Secretary: Youssef Marzouk

SIAG on Education – Chair: Peter Turner; Vice-Chair: Jeff Humpherys; Secretary:  Ben Galluzzo; Program Director: Padhu Seshaiyer

Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics

The recently published report from the TPSEMath group (Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics) addresses the issues to be discussed at the upcoming CBMS Council meeting on December 5 and provides excellent background reading for the discussions planned for the CBMS meeting.  It frames the issues well, discusses specific findings, makes recommendations, and includes brief description of some of the ongoing efforts at transformation.  The report is available online.  We will have hard copies for all attendees at the meeting (thanks to Tara Holm for making these available).  All the slides of the presentations from last month’s CBMS Forum focusing on these issues are also available on the CBMS website.

Student Chapters Update

chapter_icon-cmyk2015colorsSIAM provided close to $40,000 to 87 chapters to support activities during the 2013-2014 academic year. The activities that they planned were limited only by their imaginations. Here are some of the exciting activities that SIAM chapters sponsored during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Delhi Techological University chapter organized EVOLUTE, a three day technical festival promoting technological growth in a rapidly evolving world. Highlights included an industrial conference on data analytics, poster presentations, and a trivia competition.

Delhi Techological University chapter organized EVOLUTE, a three day technical festival promoting technological growth in a rapidly evolving world. Highlights included an industrial conference on data analytics, poster presentations, and a trivia competition.

On April 26, the California State University, Fresno chapter hosted Math Field Day, an event aimed at promoting mathematics to middle and high school students. The event drew roughly 600 participants who got to compete in events testing their speed, problem solving, and ability to work in teams. The chapter also participated in Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement on February 22, volunteering to guide middle and high school students from disadvantaged areas in group sessions on robotics, rockets, and catapult and bridge building, among other topics. Read the rest of this entry »

SIAM Welcomes its Newest Student Chapters

SIAM Welcomes its Newest Student Chapters:

  • Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Imperial College London, UK
  • National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  • Ohio State University
  • RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • University of Ngaoundere, Cameroon
  • University of Utah
  • Youngstown State University

 For information on forming a chapter at your school, go to

A new SIAM Activity Group on Education

A proposal to form a SIAM Activity Group (SIAG) on Education was approved by the SIAM Council and Board at their meeting earlier this month. The SIAG will officially start operation on January 1, 2015.

The proposed SIAG will focus on all aspects promoting excellence in applied mathematics educational programs, courses and practice. Broadly inclusive, it will cover industrial mathematics, computational science, modeling, data sciences, applied statistics and the application domains. The primary focus will be undergraduate education but extension of this to graduate and pre-college education is included. A key activity will be to hold a regular conference. Read the rest of this entry »

SIAM Members Annual Business Meeting

The annual business meeting of members of SIAM will be held on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at 7:15-8:00 PM in the Grand Ballroom on 4th Floor of The Palmer House, during the upcoming SIAM Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Participation is open to all SIAM members. The meeting will be chaired by SIAM President Irene Fonseca and will include a review of SIAM activities, finances, and plans for the future. Refreshments will be served.

Recipients named for eighth annual SIAM Student Chapter Certificate of Recognition

Chen-bo Zhu (right; head of NUS’s math department) presenting Jia Li with his Certificate of Recognition for service to the National University of Singapore chapter.

Chen-bo Zhu (right; head of NUS’s math department) presenting Jia Li with his Certificate of Recognition for service to the National University of Singapore chapter.

SIAM Student Chapter certificates of recognition have been awarded to 66 students who have made outstanding contributions to their SIAM student chapters. This program recognizes the importance of student contributions in creating and sustaining exciting chapters, acknowledges students’ efforts within the greater SIAM community, and provides a noteworthy commendation for students to add to their records for career building.

SIAM congratulates all of the recipients and thanks them for their contributions to the development and growth of SIAM student chapters. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome to the newest SIAM Student Chapters

SIAM welcomes the newest student chapters formed at the following schools:

Brigham Young University

California State Polytechnic University Pomona 

City University of New York

Colorado College

University of Pennsylvania


For more information about forming a chapter at your school, go to and check out the slide show at

Why publish in SIAM Journals? [Video]

SIAM publishes 16 peer-reviewed journals covering a broad range of disciplines in applied math and computational science, including SIAM Review, a quarterly journal of expository survey and education-oriented papers; SIAM/ASA Journal on Uncertainty Quantification, all-electronic and new in 2013; SIAM Journal on Financial Mathematics, launched in 2010, covering breakthroughs in financial computational challenges; SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences; Multiscale Modeling and Simulation; SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems;and SIAM Undergraduate Research Online (SIURO), an open-access publication for undergraduates.

In this video, SIAM’s Publisher and Editors of various SIAM journals talk about what it means to publish in SIAM journals:

More journal information can be found at