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Second Annual SIAM Chapter Conference at NUI Galway

Plenary speakers Dr Dana Mackey & Prof. James Gleeson

The NUI Galway Student Chapter of SIAM held their second annual conference on 3 December 2015. This one-day conference brought together research students from universities throughout Ireland and further afield. Local participants were joined by researchers from the University of Limerick, University College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology, and Trinity College Dublin, while the presence of attendees from UNINA (Naples), Politecnico di Torino (Turin) and Zhejiang University (China) lent an international atmosphere to the day.

The plenary speakers on the day were Prof. James Gleeson (MACSI, UL), who spoke about information contagion on social networks, and Dr Dana Mackey (DIT) who spoke about her work on immunosensors and the dynamics of interdisciplinary collaborations. They were joined by seven student speakers, with topics including differential privacy, drug delivery, infectious disease modelling, solar collectors, geophysical waves, steel casting, and phase and precession evolution in the Burgers equation. At the conclusion of proceedings, Gary O’Keeffe of the University of Limerick was awarded the prize for best student speaker. The event was generously supported by SIAM, MACSI at the University of Limerick, the Stokes Cluster for Applied Mathematics and the Mathematics Society at NUI Galway.

Learn more about SIAM student chapters.

Paul Greaney, Secretary/Treasurer, NUI Galway SIAM Student Chapter

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Manchester SIAM Student Chapter Pizza Social and Blog Launch

The Manchester SIAM Student Chapter hosted a pizza social evening for our members on November 19, 2016. This was our first event of the academic year, and was a great opportunity for new and returning members to find out about the events the chapter will be running this year, as well as finding out about SIAM more generally.

After a short talk from the chapter’s president, Weijian Zhang, pizza was served, and people broke off to socialize and network with each other. Math related games were available, and people had a relaxed atmosphere in which to get to know their fellow members.

The Manchester SIAM Student Chapter has also launched an applied mathematics blog at This blog provides a space for our members to share their research, or just discuss areas of applied math that are of interest to them. The first post is about applying topological graph theory to chemistry and is live now, and the next post will be uploaded later in December.

Matthew Gwynne
Secretary, Manchester SIAM Student Chapter

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SIAM Unwrapped November 2015

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Dear SIAM members,

I’m thrilled to introduce myself to you as the new editor of SIAM’s Unwrapped e-newsletter. I’m passionate about SIAM’s mission and keeping you – our members – up to date with relevant and timely news you can use, as well as arming you with the tools you need to get involved and play a part in our efforts to continue bringing the mathematical sciences into the spotlight – a goal I’m confident that we share.  If you have content ideas, questions or qualms, don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly at

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Becky Kerner
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Industry Workshop by the Student Chapter of Magdeburg

The Student Chapter of SIAM Magdeburg organized a workshop on “Applied Mathematics in Industry” on the 9th of June, 2015. The workshop was hold by the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg and the Max Planck Institute Magdeburg. It focused on the applications of mathematics in industry and economy. In particular, it thematized real world applications. The two plenary talks were given by Dr. Melina Freitag, lecturer in Applied Mathematics at the University of Bath, UK, as well as Dr. Detlev Huser, independent contractor at SM&A in Irvine, CA, and owner of dh creative services in Syke, Germany. Moreover, four student talks covered a wide range of topics, including source detection of electrocadial signals, lake management, model predictive control for embedded systems and product development.Student_Chapter_Magdeburg

Guest speaker Dr. Melina Freitag gave an introduction to data assimilation in numerical weather prediction. She presented key data assimilation methods as currently used in practice and explained computational challenges.

Dr. Detlev Huser pointed out how research in (and for) space, especially under microgravity
conditions has influenced the life and technology on earth. He explained several examples from various research areas which consider physical science and life science and their terrestrial application potential.

Afterwards the audience was invited to join the chapter board and the speakers for
dinner and some fruitful discussions.

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Nerd Nite Magdeburg

The Student Chapter of SIAM Magdeburg brought the event “Nerd Nite” to Magdeburg, Germany. The basic idea is a perfect mix of science, entertainment and fun—putting it all together in a cozy bar. Three speakers present in about 15 minutes each a topic
of their choice. The presentations are intended to be fun, yet informative and can go across all disciplines. There are no limits to the speaker’s creativity. Participants are encouraged to ask questions.

The event started in Boston in 2003 and the motto is “It’s like the Discovery Channel—with beer!”. It is now represented in more than 70 cities around the world, and since 2014 also in Magdeburg.Nerd_Nite_Magdeburg0

The Student Chapter of SIAM Magdeburg held the 3rd Nerd Nite on the 26th of May, 2015. Dr. Alexander Pastukhov, research associate at the Department of General Psychology and Methodology, Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg, explored the topic “Seeing as guessing. Why does our visual system ‘feel lucky’?”. He discussed what neuroscience and art can tell us about this, and why we need parallel computing. Patrick Kurschner, research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg, showed what we can do with antigravity. He presented dubious ways to build UFOs and hoverboards. Prof. Dr. Sebastian Eichfelder, Chair in Business Taxation, Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg, illustrates why the German tax declaration does not fi t on a beer coaster by speaking about tax laws versus tax “insanities”.

The 3rd Nerd Nite inspired a large audience. About 100 people enjoyed the event, which
took place between 8 and 11 pm. More information can be found at http://magdeburg.

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Recipients named for ninth annual SIAM Student Chapter Certificate of Recognition

SIAM Student Chapter certificates of recognition have been awarded to 76 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 »

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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

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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

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