2005 Prizes and Awards Luncheon

Prizes, awards, and special lectures are shown in alphabetical order.

I. E. Block Community Lecture

The I. E. Block Community Lecture was instituted in 1995 to encourage public appreciation of the excitement and vitality of applied mathematics by reaching out as broadly as possible to students, teachers, and members of the local community, as well as to SIAM members, researchers, and practitioners in fields related to applied and computational mathematics. The lecture is open to the public and is named in honor of I. Edward Block, a founder of SIAM who served as its Managing Director for nearly 20 years.

2005 Lecturer: Christopher R. Johnson
University of Utah
Title of Lecture: �Computing the Future of Biomedicine�
Wednesday, July 13, 6:00 -7:00 p.m.
Napoleon Ballroom
Photo: Christopher R. Johnson accepts the award from SIAM President Marty Golubitsky.

Christopher R. Johnson received his MS in Physics and his PhD in Biophysics/Computing from the University of Utah , where he has been affiliated since 1989. He currently directs the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute (SCI Institute) at the University of Utah where he is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Physics and Bioengineering. His research interests are in the areas of scientific computing and scientific visualization. In 1992, Professor Johnson founded the SCI research group, which has grown to become the SCI Institute employing over 100 faculty, staff and students. He serves on several international journal editorial boards, as well as on advisory boards to several national research centers. Professor Johnson has received several awards, including the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow (PFF) award from President Clinton in 1995 and the Governor's Medal for Science and Technology from Utah Governor Michael Leavitt in 1999. In 2003, he received the Distinguished Professor Award from the University of Utah .

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*The I. E. Block Lecture (Phillip A. Griffiths and William F. Ballhaus, Jr.) was merged with the Community Lecture (Charles Van Loan and Brian Rosen) in 1997.

The I. E. Block Community Lecturer receives a $500 honorarium and an engraved clock.

Ralph E. Kleinman Prize

Established in 1998, the Ralph E. Kleinman Prize is awarded to one individual for outstanding research, or other contributions, that bridge the gap between mathematics and applications. Work that uses high-level mathematics and/or invents new mathematical tools to solve applied problems from engineering, science, and technology is particularly appropriate. The value of the work will be measured by the quality of the mathematics and its impact on the application. Each prize may be given either for a single notable achievement or for a collection of such achievements.

2005 Winner: Stanley J. Osher
University of California, Los Angeles
Photo: Stanley J. Osher accepts the award from SIAM President Marty Golubitsky.

Citation: For his many contributions to the analysis and computation of hyperbolic partial differential equations and their applications in science and engineering, and for his mentoring of young scientists and service to the scientific community. His many innovations in numerical schemes for conservation laws and Hamilton-Jacobi equations and in the development of the level set method and its applications have had enormous impact across disciplinary boundaries, in image processing, control, flow simulation, and many other fields.

Stanley J. Osher received his MS and PhD from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU. After working at Brookhaven National Laboratory, UC Berkeley and SUNY Stony Brook, he has been at UCLA since 1976. He is Director of Special Projects at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA. Dr. Osher is the coinventor of i) level set methods for computing moving fronts, ii) ENO, WENO and other numerical methods for computing solutions to hyperbolic conservation laws and Hamilton-Jacobi equations, iii) total variation and other PDE-based image processing techniques. He has cofounded three companies based, in part, on his own research. His work has been written up numerous times in the scientific and international media. He has been a Fulbright and Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, received the NASA Public Service Group Achievement Award and the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Computational Mechanics Award, was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians, received the SIAM Pioneer Prize at 2003 ICIAM conference and was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences in May 2005.

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The winner of the Ralph E. Kleinman Prize receives $5,000 and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate.

AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture

Established in 2002, this lecture is given annually at the SIAM Annual Meeting. The lecture is intended to highlight significant contributions of women to applied or computational mathematics.

2005 Lecturer: Ingrid Daubechies
Princeton University
Title of Lecture: �Superfast and (Super)sparse Algorithms"
Monday, July 11, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Napoleon Ballroom
Photo: Barbara Keyfitz accepts the award on behalf of Ingrid Daubechies, who was unable to attend the luncheon.

Citation: In recognition of her fundamental contributions in the field of applied and computational harmonic analysis over the last 25 years. She has had a significant impact in numerous areas of applied mathematics and signal and image processing, with research accomplishments bridging across many scientific and engineering disciplines, resulting in over 100 publications and an influential and widely-read book. Her service record is also impressive, most notably in science and engineering publications and professional societies, and directing programs with high impact on young scientists in a variety of fields. She is an inspiration to the entire mathematics community, especially to the women's mathematics community.

Ingrid Daubechies received her BS and PhD in Physics at the Free University in Brussels , where she also taught for 12 years. Then she moved to AT&T Bell Labs as a leading authority on wavelet theory. Since 1993 she has been at the Mathematics Department and the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University . There she was also the first woman full professor in mathematics. She now holds the William R. Kenan Jr. Professorship.

Professor Daubechies has received many awards and honors, including the Louis Empain Prize for Physics, MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, AMS Steele Prize for Exposition and Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize, and membership in the National Academy of Sciences. She was also awarded the International Society for Optical Engineering Recognition of Outstanding Achievement and the IEEE Information Theory Society Golden Jubilee award for Technological Innovation. In 2000, she became the first woman to receive the National Academy of Sciences Medal in Mathematics. She gave the Gibbs Lecture in 2005 and will give the Noether Lecture in 2006.

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The AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer receives a certificate signed by the Presidents of AWM and SIAM .

W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize

The W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize in Mathematics was established by SIAM in 1993 to recognize outstanding work in, or other contributions to, the broadly defined areas of differential equations and control theory. The prize, given annually, may be awarded either for a single notable achievement or a collection of such achievements. The prize fund was endowed by the late Mrs. Idalia Reid to honor her husband.

2005 Winner: Christopher I. Byrnes
Washington University in St. Louis
Title of Lecture: "Nonequilibrium Nonlinear Control"
Wednesday, July 13, 2:45 - 3:15 PM
Napoleon Ballroom
Photo: Christopher I. Byrnes accepts the award from SIAM President Marty Golubitsky.

Citation: For his fundamental contributions in the areas of pole-placement by output feedback, output regulation for nonlinear systems, and spectral estimation and robust control.

Christopher I. Byrnes received his BS from Manhattan College and his MS and PhD from the University of Massachusetts , all in Mathematics. He has also received an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm . He was Instructor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Utah from 1975 to 1978, when he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and in the Division of Applied Sciences at Harvard University. From 1982 to 1985, he was Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics on the Gordon McKay Endowment at Harvard. From 1984 to 1989, he served on the faculty of Arizona State University . Professor Byrnes is currently Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Skinner Professor in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at Washington University . He is a Fellow of the IEEE and has twice won the IEEE George Axelby Prize, in 1991 and 2003. He also won the IFAC Automatica Best Paper Award in 1993. In 2001, he was elected as a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science. His research interests are in systems and control.

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Please note: The Reid Prize was awarded every other year until 2000.

The W.T. and Idalia Reid Lecturer receives $10,000 in cash and an engraved medal.


The SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory Prize (SIAG/CST Prize), established in 1997, is awarded at the SIAM Conference on Control to a young researcher for outstanding research contributions, as determined by the prize committee, to mathematical control or systems theory. The contributions must be contained in a paper or papers published in English in peer-reviewed journals.

2005 Winner: Pablo A. Parrilo
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Photo: Pablo A. Parrilo accepts the award from SIAM President Marty Golubitsky.

The SIAG/CST Prize presentation, including the prize winner's lecture, is scheduled as part of the Sixth SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications on Monday, July 11, from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. in the Jefferson Room.

Citation: For fundamental contributions in computation for control, based on a novel approach that creatively combines concepts and techniques from algebra and convex optimization.

Pablo A. Parrilo received an Electronics Engineering undergraduate degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1995 and a PhD in Control and Dynamical Systems from the California Institute of Technology in 2000. He has held short-term visiting appointments at the UC Santa Barbara (Physics), Lund Institute of Technology (Automatic Control), and UC Berkeley (Mathematics). From October 2001 through September 2004, he was Assistant Professor of Analysis and Control Systems at the Automatic Control Laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich ). He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is affiliated with the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) and the Operations Research Center (ORC). Professor Parrilo is the recipient of the 2005 Donald P. Eckman Award of the American Automatic Control Council, as well as a finalist for the Tucker Prize of the Mathematical Programming Society for the years 2000-2003. His research interests include optimization methods for engineering applications, control and identification of uncertain complex systems, robustness analysis and synthesis, and the development and application of computational tools based on convex optimization and algorithmic algebra to practically relevant problems in engineering and physics.

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The winner of the SIAG/CST Prize receives a plaque and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate.

SIAM Award in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling

The SIAM Award in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), established in 1988, is awarded to two of the teams judged �Outstanding� in the annual MCM. One winning team of students is chosen for each of the problems posed in the MCM.

2005 Winners: Problem A, The Continuous Problem, �Flood Planning"
Solution: "From Lake Murray to a Dam Slurry"
Harvey Mudd College
Department of Mathematics
Claremont , CA
Students: Clay Hambrick, Katrina Lewis , Lorraine Thomas
Faculty Advisor: Professor Jon T. Jacobsen
Photo: Katrina Lewis (center) and Clay Hambrick (right) accept the award from SIAM President Marty Golubitsky.

Problem B, The Discrete Problem, �Toll Booths�
Solution: "A Quasi-sequential Cellular Automaton Approach to Traffic Modeling"
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Troy , NY
Students: John A. Evans, Meral L. Reyhan
Faculty Advisor: Professor Peter R. Kramer Photo: John A. Evans (center) and Meral L. Reyhan accept the award from SIAM President Marty Golubtisky.

Papers to be presented in a session of Student Day, Tuesday, July 12, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Newberry Room.

SIAM/MCM Award winning teams of the last ten years:

Winning students each receive $800 (prize and travel), complimentary membership in SIAM for three years, and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate for the students' schools.

SIAM Outstanding Paper Prizes

The prizes, first awarded in 1999, are given for outstanding papers published in SIAM journals during the three years prior to the year of the award. Papers are selected for their originality: they bring a fresh look at an existing field or open up new areas of applied mathematics.

2005 Winners: "Active Sets, Nonsmoothness, and Sensitivity"
SIAM Journal on Optimization, Vol. 13, No. 3, 2002
Author: Adrian Lewis
Cornell University

"The Multishift QR Algorithm. Part II: Aggressive Early Deflation"
SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications , Vol. 23, No. 4, 2002
Authors: Karen Braman
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Ralph Byers
University of Kansas
Roy Mathias
The College of William and Mary
Photo: Karen Braman (center) and Ralph Byers (right) pose with SIAM President Marty Golubitsky at the awards luncheon.

"A Polylogarithmic Approximation of the Minimum Bisection"
SIAM Journal on Computing , Vol. 31, No. 4, 2002
Authors: Uriel Feige
The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Robert Krauthgamer
IBM Almaden Research Center

Outstanding Paper Prize winners receive a cash prize of $500.

SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession

The prize, established in 1985, is in the form of a certificate to be awarded every year at the SIAM Annual Meeting. It is awarded to an applied mathematician who has made distinguished contributions to the furtherance of applied mathematics on the national level.

2005 Winner: Cleve Moler
The MathWorks, Inc.
Photo: Cleve Moler accepts the award from SIAM President Marty Golubitsky.

Citation : In recognition of his lifelong support of computational and applied mathematics through his development of high-quality mathematical algorithms and software (LINPACK, EISPACK, and MATLAB) and its distribution into mainstream use in education and numerous science and engineering areas; through his textbooks; through his 18 years of community service with NA Digest; and through his extensive service on national committees and to SIAM.

Cleve was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1997 "for conceiving and developing widely used mathematical software." He has served on the SIAM Council, as SIAM VP at Large, on the SIAM Board of Trustees, and on numerous SIAM committees.

Cleve Moler received his BS from California Institute of Technology and his MS and PhD from Stanford University , all in Mathematics. He was a professor of mathematics and computer science for almost 20 years at the University of Michigan , Stanford University and the University of New Mexico . He then spent five years with two computer hardware manufacturers, the Intel Hypercube organization and Ardent Computer. In 1984 he founded The MathWorks, Inc. with Jack Little to develop and market the company's flagship MATLAB product. He joined The MathWorks full-time in 1989 and has been Chairman and Chief Scientist since 1990. Dr. Moler's professional interests center on numerical analysis and mathematical software. In addition to being the author of the first version of MATLAB, he is one of the authors of the LINPACK and EISPACK subroutine libraries. He is also coauthor of three textbooks on numerical methods.

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The Prize for Distinguished Service, previously awarded from time to time, became an annual prize in 2003.

The winner of the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession receives a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate.

SIAM Student Paper Prizes

The SIAM Student Paper Prizes are awarded every year to the student author(s) of the most outstanding paper(s) submitted to the SIAM Student Paper Competition. This award is based solely on the merit and content of the student's contribution to the submitted paper. The purpose of the SIAM Student Paper Prizes is to recognize outstanding scholarship by students in applied mathematics or computing.

2005 Winners

Boyce E. Griffith
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
Title: "On the Order of Accuracy of the Immersed Boundary Method: Higher Order Convergence Rates for Sufficiently Smooth Problems"
Co-author: Charles S. Peskin, Courant Institute, New York University
Photo: Boyce E. Griffith accepts the award from SIAM President Marty Golubitsky.

Rachel Levy
North Carolina State University
Title: "Kinetics and Nucleation for Driven Thin Film Flow"
Co-author: Michael Shearer, North Carolina State University
Photo: Rachel Levy accepts the award from SIAM President Marty Golubitsky.

Carolina Cardoso Manica
University of Pittsburgh
Title: "Convergence of Time Averaged Statistics of Finite Element Approximations of the Navier-Stokes Equations"
Co-authors: Volker John, University of Magdeburg, Germany and William Layton, University of Pittsburgh
Photo: Carolina Cardosa Manica accepts the award from SIAM President Marty Golubitsky.

Papers to be presented in a session of Student Day, Tuesday, July 12, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Newberry Room.

SIAM Student Paper Prize winners of the last five years:






SIAM Student Paper Prize winners receive $1,500 (prize and travel) and framed, hand-calligraphed certificates.

The John von Neumann Lecture

Established in 1959, this prize is in the form of an honorarium for an invited lecture. The lecturer will survey and evaluate a significant and useful contribution to mathematics and its applications. It may be awarded to a mathematician or to a scientist in another field, but, in either case, the recipient should be one who has made distinguished contributions to pure and/or applied mathematics.

2005 Lecturer: Jerrold E. Marsden
California Institute of Technology
Title of Lecture: "Geometric and Computational Dynamics"
Tuesday, July 12, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Napoleon Ballroom
Photo: Jerrold E. Marsden accepts the award from SIAM President Marty Golubitsky.

Citation: In recognition of his fundamental contributions to geometric mechanics based on symmetry; the broad application of these ideas to fluid mechanics, elasticity, and control theory; the clear exposition of these ideas through seminal research publications and text books; and for his training and mentoring of scientific researchers.

Jerrold E. Marsden received his BSc from University of Toronto and his PhD from Princeton , both in Applied Mathematics. He taught at the University of California , Berkeley from 1968 through 1995 in the Departments of Mathematics and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He then moved to California Institute of Technology as Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems. Since 2003, he has been Carl F. Braun Professor of Engineering and Control and Dynamical Systems at Caltech. Dr. Marsden has done extensive research in the area of geometric mechanics, with applications to rigid body systems, fluid mechanics, elasticity theory, plasma physics, as well as to general field theory. He is one of the original founders in the early 1970s of reduction theory for mechanical systems with symmetry. Dr. Marsden received the 1990 AMS-SIAM Norbert Wiener Prize. He has received the Research Award for Natural Sciences of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Research Award for Mathematics and Computer Science. His interests continue in mechanics and dynamical systems; systems with symmetry; control of mechanical systems; classical field theory, including fluids and elasticity; computational mechanics; variational integrators; and discrete mechanics. His continuing work involves the application of control theory and dynamical systems to space missions.

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The John von Neumann Lecturer receives an honorarium of $2,500 and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate.

James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing

The James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, established in 1979, is awarded for research in, or other contributions to, numerical analysis and scientific computing during the six years preceding the award. The purpose of the prize is to stimulate younger contributors and to help them in their careers.

2005 Winner: Emmanuel J. Candes
California Institute of Technology
Title of Lecture: �Uncertainty Principles and Signal Recovery from Incoherent and Incomplete Measurements�
Thursday, July 14, 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Napoleon Ballroom
Photo: Emmanuel J. Candes accepts the award from SIAM President Marty Golubitsky.

Citation: For his outstanding theoretical and practical contributions to computational harmonic analysis and image processing. This includes the development of ridgelets, curvelets, chirplets, and random projections, the convergence analysis of these methods and their applications.

Emmanuel J. Candes received the PhD degree in statistics from Stanford University in 1998. He is Associate Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Caltech, he was an Assistant Professor of Statistics at Stanford University from 1998 to 2000. His research interests are in computational harmonic analysis, multiscale analysis and approximation theory and their applications to the imaging sciences, signal processing, scientific computing, inverse problems, and statistical estimation. His current research also includes topics in information theory, theoretical computer science, and random matrix theory. Dr. Candes received the Third Popov Prize in Approximation Theory in 2001 and the DOE Young Investigator Award in 2002. He was selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in 2001. He was coauthor on a paper with Franck Guo that won the Best Paper Award of the European Association for Signal, Speech and Image Processing (EURASIP) in 2003. He was selected as the main lecturer at the NSF-sponsored 29th Annual Spring Lecture Series in the Mathematical Sciences in 2004. He has also been recently invited to give a forty-five minute lecture at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) which will take place in Madrid in 2006.

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The James H. Wilkinson Lecturer receives $1,000 and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate.

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