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Charles University in Prague Chapter conducts FEniCS workshop

Jan Papež  of Charles University in Prague Chapter of SIAM writes:

In February 2015 the Charles University in Prague Chapter of SIAM organised a week-long workshop focused on programming in the FEniCS Project. The FEniCS Project is a collection of free software with an extensive list of features for automated and efficient solution of partial differential equations. Among the main components of this tool there are the C++/Python problem solving environment DOLFIN and the Unified Form Language (UFL) that allows a user-friendly and almost mathematical formulation of the problem.

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The workshop started off with solving the Laplace equation which was used to teach participants the basics of Python and provide them with a brief introduction to FEniCS. We used our previous experience from MATLAB workshops that learning by doing is the most appreciated approach by attendants. Later in the week we moved from one problem to another and solved the heat equation, the evolutionary nonlinear problems of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equation, and the equations of hyper-elasticity. In the end we spent the last day on computing the eigenfunctions of the Laplace operator.

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The course was led by two members of our faculty, Jaroslav Hron and Jan Blechta who is one of the developers of the FEniCS Project. The workshop attracted 30 participants, students and faculty staff members. We consider it to be a great success with the possibility of becoming a regular activity of our Chapter.

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My Favorite SIAM Legacy

Susan Whitehouse, outgoing SIAM Membership Manager, recalls memories working with the SIAM student chapter community:

I will be retiring soon, after 12 great years serving as SIAM’s first Membership Manager.  My fondest legacy is the student chapters.  When I walked in the door in January of 2003, there were 12 chapters scattered about the U.S. No one knew who ran them or what they did.  My first task was to survey the existing chapters to find out what they were doing and how SIAM could best support their activities. My second task was to put together a website that would include all the tools that schools would need to set up new chapters and request financial support (the top request identified in my survey of chapter needs.) My third task was to start telling the SIAM community about the opportunity to set up chapters and encourage them to do so at their schools. Read the rest of this entry »

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Student Chapter Funding for 2014-2015

SIAM awarded over $46,000 to 95 chapters for activities taking place throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. Many of SIAM’s Student Chapters have weekly or biweekly meetings, seminars, invited speakers, workshops, field trips to companies and labs, and other interesting activities. Below are a few exciting events our chapters held in fall 2014 or plan to do in spring 2015.

A New Years greeting from the Rochester Institute of Technology chapter.

A New Years greeting from the Rochester Institute of Technology chapter.

The Cardiff University chapter hosted their Third SIAM Chapter Day on January 15. Doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers from Cardiff University and other universities were invited to showcase their research in a poster presentation. Guest lecturers included Des Higham (University of Strathclyde), Kevin Glazebrook (University of Lancaster), and Peter Wells (Cardiff University). The chapter also hosts regular seminars given by junior or postdoctoral researchers in mathematics or engineering. Read the rest of this entry »

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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 http://www.siam.org/meetings/cse15/studentday.php.

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UMBC chapter participates in Maryland Howard County Math Festival

On Tuesday November 18, the second annual Howard County Math Festival was held at Centennial High School in Maryland.  Members of the SIAM Student Chapter at UMBC (Samuel Khuvis, Jonathan Graf and Sarah Swatski) volunteered to have a table at the event to demonstrate the real-world applications of mathematics.  We also were able to promote mathematics by sharing our experiences as young mathematicians in a Math Related Majors for College Students session. Read the rest of this entry »

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University of Manchester SIAM chapter participates in PostGraduate Open Day

Sophia Coban and Chris Mower of the University of Manchester SIAM Student Chapter write about their chapter’s involvement in PostGraduate Open Day at the university:

 The PostGraduate Open Day is an event held in the School of Mathematics once a year for the prospective students to meet the current postgraduates, and get a feel of studying or researching at The University of Manchester. This meant an opportunity for us to introduce ourselves and our community to the prospective students — not just for the Manchester Chapter, but for SIAM in general!

The Chapter was represented by Chris Mower (Vice President), Mario Berljafa (Treasurer) and Zehui Jin (Secretary) at the open day on the 22nd of October. We had a great day talking to prospective students and current PhD researchers at the University. It was pleasing to hear that many of the current MSc students at the University had already signed up to SIAM and the Chapter!

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University of Manchester SIAM chapter participates in PostGraduate Open Day

Sophia Coban and Chris Mower of the University of Manchester SIAM Student Chapter write about their chapter’s involvement in PostGraduate Open Day at the university:
Machester_PG_day The PostGraduate Open Day is an event held in the School of Mathematics once a year for the prospective students to meet the current postgraduates, and get a feel of studying or researching at The University of Manchester. This meant an opportunity for us to introduce ourselves and our community to the prospective students — not just for the Manchester Chapter, but for SIAM in general!

The Chapter was represented by Chris Mower (Vice President), Mario Berljafa (Treasurer) and Zehui Jin (Secretary) at the open day on the 22nd of October. We had a great day talking to prospective students and current PhD researchers at the University. It was pleasing to hear that many of the current MSc students at the University had already signed up to SIAM and the Chapter!

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Conversations with Don Engel: Event at UMBC

On Wednesday, October 15, the University of Maryland Baltimore County SIAM Student Chapter hosted Conversations with Don Engel.  We were fortunate to have a distinguished guest speaker, Dr. Don Engel, Assistant Vice President for Research at UMBC as well as an affiliate assistant professor of physics, computer science and electrical engineering.  Dr. Engel has worked for Congress as a science and technology policy fellow and as a consultant to various federal agencies.  His research experience lies at the intersection of a variety of disciplines, from theoretical physics to biophysics to machine learning to a clinical residency in radiation oncology medical physics. Dr. Engel spoke about his diverse background and answered student questions on potential career paths.  Dr. Engel was an excellent guest providing invaluable advice and the event was enjoyed by all who attended.

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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 »

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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 www.siam.org/students/chapters/start.php

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