SIAM student chapter activities

SIAM provided over $39,000 to 83 chapters to support activities during the 2011-2012 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 2011-2012 academic year. 


George Mason University and Shippensburg University chapters participated in the SIAM booth at the 2nd USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC, April 28-29, 2012, which was attended by 150,000 people. Pictured L to R: Peter Turner, Byon Kwon, Padhu Seshaiyer, Jody Shipp, Luis Melara, Mike Long.
University of Texas Pan American chapter hosted “Pi + Epsilon Day” featuring a demonstration of shallow water waves, a presentation of hyperbolic crochet by the Experimental Algebra and Geometry Lab, card tricks (group theory), musical chairs (combinatorics), and a math trivia contest. Those who answered the trivia questions correctly got to throw a “Pi” in the face of their favorite math professor.




SIAM Student Chapter of Trier visiting the AIRBUS factory in Hamburg, Germany.



Tracy Stepien, chapter member from the University of Pittsburgh, led a two hour website workshop at the Regional SIAM Student Chapters Conference held at Shippensburg University.




Charles University in Prague chapter hosted Karel Janecek, Charles University alumnae and founder of RSJ Algorithmic Trading, to talk about the use of high-speed computing to automatically generate market or limit orders based on incoming information. RSJ uses trading algorithms based on mathematical models.


Heriot Watt / University of Edinburgh chapter hosted the 3rd annual Edinburgh SIAM Student Chapter Conference (ESSCC 2012) on June 7 featuring invited speakers Ernesto Estrada, University of Strathclyde; Andreas Grothey, University of Edinburgh; Raphael Hauser, University of Oxford; and Jared Tanner, University of Edinburgh. Topics ranged from signal processing to complex networks and from optimization models in finance to mobile applications.



The Colorado State University chapter took a road trip to Google headquarters in Boulder, Colorado.


Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Chapter hosted Ben Fusaro through SIAM’s visiting lecturer program. Fusaro lead a seminar on modeling to encourage Embry Riddle students to participate in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling competition.


King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) chapter held a series of Matlab tutorials. They were so successful that this become an annual activity.


Old Dominion University chapter organized its 5th Annual ODU SIAM Student Chapter Math Awareness Conference which attracted 65 attendees from Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina. Plenary speakers included Suzanne Lenhart, University of Tennessee, Sastry Pantula, Director of the Division of Mathematical Sciences for the NSF, and Bonita Saunders, NIST and ODU alumna.



The Fourth Annual Computational Science and Engineering Student Conference (CSESC) was organized by Purdue University chapter and attended by 62 participants representing multiple academic departments.




Penn State University chapter hosted Jennifer Deang of Lockheed Martin who talked about her experience as a mathematician working in industry. As a computational scientist, many problems ended up on her desk with the plea, “Can you help?” because no one had seen something similar before. They relied on her generalized experience and ability to construct new algorithms from old ones to guide them to a solution.


University of Arizona chapter conducted its second annual NCAA Bracket Challenge, encouraging students to come up with inventive algorithms for determining the outcome of the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament (March Madness). Entries used diverse approaches with inputs including overall win/loss records, shooting percentages, or even ferocity of mascots. The winner utilized an MCMC algorithm to correctly predict the 2012 champion.


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology SIAM chapter co-sponsored the 2nd Annual Student Symposium in Computational Science and Engineering at MIT.



Based on a survey of its members, the University of Maryland Baltimore County chapter provided professional development seminars. One, presented by faculty, focused on strategies and techniques for technical writing and publications. The other featured personnel from the National Security Agency and UMBC career services who talked about how to look for jobs, interview process, making connections in the professional world, and how to prepare CV’s.



The two German SIAM Student Chapters (Heidelberg and Trier) met at Trier University to hold the joint symposium “Mathematical Optimization in Theory and Application” on September 7, 2012. The talks covered stochastic differential equations, optimal control problems, combinatorial optimization and high performance computing. After the scientific program, the participants moved on to discover Germany’s oldest city including a visit to the biggest winery in the region.





The Uppsala University SIAM Student Chapter with Lars Langemyr and Germund Dahlquist.



Stevens Institute of Technology Chapter club fair for recruiting members on campus. From L to R front row: Kristina Krsteva, Thom Lonon, back row: Pavel Morar, Vitaliy Kushnirenko


Awards for funding for 2012-2013 chapter activities will be announced in a future issue.

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