Prizes and Awards

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

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SIAM names 2014 Class of Fellows

Each year, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) designates as Fellows of the society members who have made outstanding contributions to fields served by SIAM.

This year, SIAM is happy to recognize 32 members of the community for this honor. Fellows are nominated by peers for their distinguished contributions to the fields of applied mathematics and computational science and related disciplines.

The Class of 2014 Fellows, listed below in alphabetical order, will be recognized at the 2014 SIAM Annual Meeting to be held in Chicago in July. Read the rest of this entry »

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Richard Tapia receives 2014 Vannevar Bush Award

The National Science Board (NSB) has named mathematician Richard Tapia as the 2014 recipient of its Vannevar Bush Award. Dr. Tapia, Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering in the department of computational and applied mathematics at Rice University, is a leading figure in mentoring minorities in science, engineering and mathematics fields.

Tapia will receive the award–which was initiated in 1980 in memory of Vannevar Bush, who helped establish federal funding for science and engineering as a national priority–on May 6 during the National Science Foundation/NSB Annual Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC.

Tapia was SIAM’s I.E. Block Community Lecturer in 1999, and is a SIAM Fellow.

To read more details on the Vannevar Bush Award and the full press release, visit:

http://nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130815&org=NSF&from=news

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‘Mathematics and Climate’ wins award

The book, Mathematics and Climate, published by SIAM last October, has been honored by the Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) as the best book of 2013 in the fields of meteorology, climatology, and atmospheric sciences.

Mathematics and Climate is a timely textbook with wide appeal. It is aimed at students and researchers in mathematics and statistics who are interested in current issues of climate science, as well as at climate scientists who wish to become familiar with qualitative and quantitative methods of mathematics and statistics. The authors emphasize conceptual models that capture important aspects of Earth’s climate system and present the mathematical and statistical techniques that can be applied to their analysis. Topics from climate science include the Earth’s energy balance, temperature distribution, ocean circulation patterns such as El Niño–Southern Oscillation, ice caps and glaciation periods, the carbon cycle, and the biological pump. Among the mathematical and statistical techniques presented in the text are dynamical systems and bifurcation theory, Fourier analysis, conservation laws, regression analysis, and extreme value theory. Read the rest of this entry »

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William Gropp and Jed Brown win SIAG on Supercomputing Career and Junior Scientist prizes

SIAM is pleased to announce William D. Gropp as the recipient of the 2014 SIAM Activity Group on Supercomputing (SIAG/SC) Career Prize.

The prize, which is awarded biennially at the SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing, is given to an outstanding senior researcher who has held a PhD or equivalent degree for at least fifteen years, and has made broad and distinguished contributions to the field of algorithms research and development for parallel scientific and engineering computing.

Professor Gropp was awarded the prize for his excellence in research, contributions to numerical software for linear algebra, high-performance parallel and distributed computation, and exceptional service to the scientific community.

The Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gropp’s research interests are in high performance scientific computing with particular emphasis on parallel computing, development of the message passing interface, and hierarchical numerical methods for the numerical solution of partial differential equations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pamela Cook named Unidel Professor of Mathematical Sciences at University of Delaware

SIAM’s new President Elect L. Pamela Cook has been named Unidel Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Delaware.

The award is from the Unidel Foundation, which makes grants to finance projects to enrich educational programs at the University of Delaware. The foundation was  established by Amy E. du Pont who supported women’s education in Delaware and bequeathed her estate to create the foundation.

Professor Cook chaired University of Delaware’s Department of Mathematical Sciences for nine years. She was also Chair of the University’s Commission on the Status of Women for six years.

Dr. Cook’s areas of research include viscoelastic fluid flows, perturbation analysis, fluid mechanics, and transonic aerodynamics, among other applications of mathematics.

She is a SIAM Fellow, and was elected SIAM President for 2015-16 in SIAM’s fall elections.

Please view the full release on the University of Delaware website.

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Christopher Johnson to Receive IEEE-CS Sidney Fernbach Award

According to the CRA Newsletter, Christopher Johnson has been named the recipient of the 2013 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award for his work in scientific visualization and computing. Johnson is the founding director of the University of Utah’s Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute.

An active member of SIAM’s Activity Group on CS&E, Chris Johnson is a co-chair of the organizing committee for the next SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE15).

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Assyr Abdulle receives Germund Dahlquist Prize

Professor Assyr Abdulle of École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, has been awarded the 2013 Germund Dahlquist Prize.

This major biennial prize, awarded for original contributions to fields associated with Germund Dahlquist, especially the numerical solution of differential equations and numerical methods for scientific computing, is administered and sponsored by SIAM.

The prize was awarded at the International Conference on Scientific Computation and Differential Equations (SciCADE 2013), being held this week in Valladolid, Spain.

Professor Abdulle presented a plenary lecture associated with the award, entitled, “From Darcy to wave equations: a few examples of numerical homogenization”.  He delivered the lecture and received a certificate and a cash prize of $1,000 on Monday, September 16.

Abdulle is being recognized for research contributions to the numerical analysis of stiff ordinary differential equations, to multiscale methods for partial and stochastic differential equations and to the implementation of numerical algorithms to problems in chemistry and biology. The citation states that his work demonstrates the best in numerical analysis, from the design of novel numerical algorithms to their rigorous mathematical analysis to an ingenious implementation in a range of important applications.

Abdulle is full Professor of Mathematics at EPFL and holds the Chair of Computational Mathematics and Numerical Analysis (ANMC) at the Mathematics Institute of Computational Science and Engineering (MATHICSE). His research interests are in numerical methods, modeling and numerical analysis of multiscale partial differential equations, and stiff stochastic differential equations.

To learn more about the award, visit the prize page. View details on SciCADE 2013.

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Biology and robotics work hand in hand, and claw to claw

Discover the math behind biologically-inspired robots at a free public event, on Wednesday, July 10, at 6:15 p.m. at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego.

San Diego, CA—Snails can move upside down, sideways, and backwards on almost any surface. Razor clams can dig and bury themselves in the sand with remarkable speed and agility. Swimming microorganisms are highly efficient molecular machines that rapidly propel themselves through dense fluids.

Nature might be the most innovative designer and engineer, with the world as a laboratory at its disposal. The amazing proficiency displayed by animals in crawling, swimming, flying, walking, and running—movements performed perfectly within the limits of the laws of physics—presents a natural observation ground for robotics and automation.

During a free public lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) on July 10 in San Diego, Professor Anette Hosoi of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will discuss how these natural mechanisms can be used to guide engineering design and develop state-of-the-art robots. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lexing Ying to receive James H. Wilkinson Prize

San Diego, CA–Stanford University’s Lexing Ying will receive the 2013 James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing.

Dr. Ying’s research, concerned with the design of fast and accurate numerical algorithms for fundamental problems in scientific computing, displays his exceptional skills as both mathematical analyst and computational scientist, combining ideas from approximation theory, probability, special functions theory, multiscale analysis and parallel computing. Dr. Ying has made outstanding contributions in many areas, including the rapid evaluation of oscillatory integral transforms, high frequency wave propagation and the computation of electron structure in metallic systems. Read the rest of this entry »

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