History and Goals of SIAM


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105th meeting of SIAM Council
Inspired by the vision that applied mathematics should play an important role in advancing science and technology in industry, a small group of professionals from academe and industry met in Philadelphia in 1951 to start an organization whose members would meet periodically to exchange ideas about the uses of mathematics in industry. This meeting led to the organization of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

Learn more about our history by downloading "Looking Back, Looking Ahead: A SIAM History" [PDF, 660K] and a SIAM Timeline [PDF, 1,570K]


The goals of SIAM are to:

SIAM membership has grown from a few hundred in the early 1950s to more than 11,000 today. SIAM Members are applied and computational mathematicians, computer scientists, numerical analysts, engineers, statisticians, mathematics educators, and students. They work in industrial and service organizations, universities, colleges and government agencies and laboratories all over the world. In addition, SIAM has over 400 institutional members—colleges, universities, corporations, and research organizations.

To serve this diverse group of professionals:

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