2014 Prizes and Awards Luncheon
SIAM Annual Meeting
July 8, 2014

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.

2014 Lecturer:    Sep Kamvar
                         Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Title of Lecture:  Search and Discovery in Human Networks
                         Wednesday, July 9, 6:15 - 7:15 p.m.
                         Grand Ballroom – 4th Floor, The Palmer House

Sepandar David Kamvar is a computer scientist, artist, and entrepreneur with an international reputation for his work in personalized search and peer-to-peer networks. Since 2012 he has been the LG Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT and Director of the Social Computing group at the MIT Media Lab. He received his AB in Chemistry from Princeton University and his PhD in Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics from Stanford University, where he continues as a consulting professor of computational and mathematical engineering. Dr. Kamvar took a leave from graduate work for four years to found Kaltix, a personalized search company that was acquired by Google in 2003. At that time, he became head of personalization at Google, a position he held until 2007. His research focuses on developing personal and social models for information retrieval.

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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 $1,500 honorarium and an engraved clock.


AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture

Established in 2002, the AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture is awarded annually at the SIAM Annual Meeting.  The lecture is intended to highlight significant contributions of women to applied or computational mathematics.

2014 Lecturer:    Irene M. Gamba
                         University of Texas at Austin

Title of Lecture:   The Evolution of Complex Interactions in Non-Linear Kinetic Systems
                          Monday, July 7, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
                          Grand Ballroom – 4th Floor, The Palmer House

Citation: The 2014 AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture is awarded to Irene M. Gamba for her significant contributions to analytical and numerical methods for statistical transport problems in complex particle systems.  Professor Gamba also has an outstanding record of service to the applied mathematics community, including serving on scientific, policy, and editorial committees and boards and training postdocs and graduate students, including women applied mathematicians.

Irene M. Gamba is the John T. Stuart III Centennial Professor in Mathematics and a core Member of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas at Austin, where she leads the Applied Mathematics Group. She received her Licenciatura en Matemáticas from the University of Buenos Aires and her MS and PhD in Mathematics from the University of Chicago. Before she joined the University of Texas, she was affiliated for five years with the Courant Institute, where she advanced from NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to Associate Professor. She joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin as Professor in 1997. Her honors include the Joe B. and Louise Cook Professorship in Mathematics, 2007 to 2011, the ICES Distinguished Research Award for 2012, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship at Kyoto University in 2013. She is a Fellow of AMS and SIAM.

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


Julian D. Cole Lectureship

The Julian Cole Lectureship, established in 2000, is awarded every four years for an outstanding contribution to the mathematical characterization and solution of a challenging problem in the physical or biological sciences, or in engineering, or for the development of mathematical methods for the solution of such problems.

2014 Lecturer:   John Lowengrub
                        University of California, Irvine

Title of Lecture:   Growth, Patterning, and Control in Nonequilibrium Systems
                         Thursday, July 10, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
                         Grand Ballroom – 4th Floor, The Palmer House

Citation: The 2014 Julian D. Cole Lectureship is awarded to John Lowengrub in recognition of his seminal contributions to fluid dynamics, materials science, and computational biology through the development of mathematical models, computational methods, and numerical simulations of free-boundary problems and tumor growth.

John Lowengrub is Chancellor’s Professor in the Departments of Mathematics, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He is also Co-Leader of the Systems, Pathways & Targets Program at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCI.  He served as Chair of the Mathematics Department from 2004 - 09. He earned his BA in Mathematics in 1985 at Cornell University and his PhD in Applied Mathematics in 1988 at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.  Before joining the faculty at UCI in 2003, Professor Lowengrub advanced from Assistant Professor to Professor in the School of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota, serving also in the Graduate Faculty of the Departments of Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics and Chemical Engineering & Materials Science. He is the recipient of many NSF grants, including several for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU). In 2008, he was awarded UCI’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research.  His research interests are microstructured materials, such as emulsions and polymer blends, crystals, thin films and metallic alloys, blood and biological tissues.

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The Julian D. Cole Lecturer receives $1,000 and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate.


Richard C. DiPrima Prize

The Richard C. DiPrima Prize is awarded to a junior scientist who has done outstanding research in applied mathematics (defined as those topics covered by SIAM journals) and who has completed his/her doctoral dissertation and all other requirements for his/her doctorate during the period running from three years prior to the award date to one year prior to the award date.  Selection is based on the candidates’ dissertations.

The prize, proposed by the late Gene H. Golub during his term as SIAM President, is funded by contributions from students, friends, colleagues, and family of the late Richard C. DiPrima, former SIAM President.

2014 Recipient:  Thomas D. Trogdon
                         Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
                         PhD 2013, Applied Mathematics, University of Washington

Citation:  The 2014 Richard C. DiPrima Prize is awarded to Thomas D. Trogdon for his doctoral dissertation, “Riemann-Hilbert Problems, Their Numerical Solution and the Computation of Nonlinear Special Functions.” His dissertation has made outstanding contributions to the theory of and numerical methods for Riemann-Hilbert Problems and their applications to integrable systems, nonlinear partial differential equations, including the KdV and nonlinear Schrödinger equations, and special functions. The clear and elegant exposition of the subject abounds with new insight, rigorous theory and convergence results for new and powerful numerical methods.

Thomas D. Trogdon is an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, supervised by Percy Deift. He received his BSc in Mathematics (2007) at the University of Minnesota, his MSc in Applied Mathematics (2008) at the University of Washington, and his PhD in Applied Mathematics (2013) at University of Washington under the supervision of Professor Bernard Deconinck. Dr. Trogdon serves as reviewer for Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Mathematical Reviews, Journal of Mathematical Physics, and Journal of Nonlinear Science. An extended version of his dissertation, co-authored with Sheehan Olver, is scheduled for publication with SIAM.

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The recipient of the Richard C. DiPrima Prize receives $1,000 and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate.


George Pólya Prize

The George Pólya Prize, established in 1969, is given every two years, alternately in two categories: for 1.) a notable application of combinatorial theory, or for 2.) a notable contribution to mathematics in another area of interest to George Pólya, such as approximation theory, complex analysis, number theory, orthogonal polynomials, or probability theory. The 2014 George Pólya Prize is given for a notable contribution in the second category.


2014 Recipients:   Adam Marcus
                           Yale University and Crisply LLC

                           Daniel A. Spielman
                           Yale University

                           Nikhil Srivastava
                           Microsoft Research – India

Citation: The 2014 George Pólya Prize is awarded to Adam Marcus, Daniel A. Spielman, and Nikhil Srivastava for the introduction and development of the method of interlacing polynomials, and for its use in the solution of the Kadison-Singer problem.

Posed in 1959, the Kadison-Singer problem was one of the oldest open problems in operator algebras, and was viewed by many as the preeminent open problem in the field. Marcus, Spielman, and Srivastava introduced a set of surprising new methods, based on comparing the zeroes of various families of polynomials with good interlacing properties. They then used these methods for a number of applications, most notably a proof that the answer to Kadison and Singer’s original question about C* algebras was (contrary to the expectation of most researchers including Kadison and Singer themselves) affirmative. One of the reasons this solution is so important is that the Kadison-Singer problem has an array of equivalent formulations relating to a variety of other fields. The other reason is that the version that Marcus, Spielman, and Srivastava actually settled is an elementary and easily stated question about complex vectors. The simplicity of this form of the problem exposes its truly fundamental nature.

The new and elegant methods developed by Marcus, Spielman, and Srivastava have potential application to a much broader class of problems, and indeed have already generated a significant body of follow-on work. The positive solution to the Kadison-Singer problem also means that a dozen different areas of research in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and engineering have a powerful new theorem at their disposal. The work of Marcus, Spielman, and Srivastava is a technical tour de force, introduces new ideas and techniques with broad repercussions, and represents mathematics at its finest.

Adam Marcus currently divides his time between New Haven, Connecticut, where he holds a guest appointment as Visiting Researcher in the Mathematics Department at Yale University, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is Co-founder and Chief Scientist at Crisply LLC. He completed his undergraduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his PhD at Georgia Tech in 2008. Then he spent four years as a Gibbs Assistant Professor in Applied Mathematics at Yale University. During 2003-04, Marcus worked with his Fulbright mentor, Gábor Tardos, in solving a combinatorial problem that implies a solution to the Stanley-Wilf conjecture. In 2008, he received the first award of the SIAM Activity Group on Discrete Mathematics Dénes König Prize for this work in solving the Stanley-Wilf conjecture.

Daniel Alan Spielman received his BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Yale University in 1992 and his PhD in Applied Mathematics from MIT in 1995.  He spent a year as an NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoc in the Computer Science Department at UC Berkeley and then taught in the Applied Mathematics Department at MIT until 2005. Since 2006, he has been a Professor at Yale University. He is presently the Henry Ford II Professor of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Applied Mathematics. He is Co-director of the Yale Institute for Network Science, founded in January 2014. Among his honors are the 2008 Gödel Prize, the 2009 Fulkerson Prize, the 2010 Nevanlinna Prize, an inaugural Simons Investigator Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the ACM and a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. His main research interests include the design and analysis of algorithms, graph theory, machine learning, error-correcting codes, and combinatorial scientific computing.

Nikhil Srivastava is a Researcher at Microsoft Research India in Bangalore. He earned his BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from Union College and his PhD in 2010 in Computer Science from Yale University, where Daniel Spielman was his advisor. He has worked at Microsoft Research also in Mountain View, CA. He was a member of the School of Mathematics of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, in 2010-11. His research interests are theoretical computer science, linear algebra, random matrices, and convex geometry.

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Recipients of the Pólya Prize receive an engraved medal and share the cash award of $20,000.


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 since 2000, 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.


2014 Recipient:  Alain Bensoussan
                        University of Texas at Dallas and City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Title of Lecture:   On the Master Equation in Mean Field Theory
                         Wednesday, July 9, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
                         Grand Ballroom – 4th Floor, The Palmer House

Citation:  The 2014 W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize is awarded to Alain Bensoussan for his fundamental contributions in partial differential equations, deterministic as well as stochastic, including applications in filtering, stochastic and impulsive control, optimal stopping, variational inequalities and mean field game theory.

Alain Bensoussan is Ashbel Smith Professor of Operations Management and Director of the Naveen Jindal School of Management’s International Center for Decision and Risk Analysis (ICDRiA) at the University of Texas at Dallas. Since 2013, he has been Chair Professor of Risk and Decision Analysis in the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management at the City University of Hong Kong.  He earned his PhD at the University of Paris in 1969 under the supervision of J. L. Lions. He was a member of the Mathematics Department faculty at the University of Paris Dauphine from 1969 to 2004, serving as Chair from 1975 to 1977. Dr. Bensoussan was President of INRIA (1984 – 1996), President of CNES (1996 – 2003), and Chairman of ESA Council (European Space Agency) (1999 – 2002). He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences and the Legion d’Honneur.  He is a Fellow of AMS and SIAM

Previous Recipients:

The recipient of the W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize receives a cash award of $10,000 and an engraved medal.



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 administered by COMAP.  One winning team of students is chosen for each of the two problems posed in the MCM.

Students will present their papers in a session of Student Days, MS84 Student Days: SIAM Award in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) Prize Winners Presentations, Wednesday, July 9, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Salon 6 – 3rd Floor.

2014 Recipients:   Problem A, The Continuous Problem: “The Keep-Right-Except-to-Pass Rule”
                           Solution: “The-Keep-Right-Except-To-Pass-Rule

                          Zhejiang University
                          Department of Applied Mathematics
                          Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, P. R. China                         

                           Students: Yuan Gong
                                          College of Computer Science and Technology

                                          Shu Liu
                                          College of Computer Science and Technology

                                          Yandi Shen
                                          College of Computer Science and Technology

                           Faculty Advisor: Professor Jianxin ZHU
                                                   Department of Applied Mathematics, College of Science

                           Problem B, The Discrete Problem: “College Coaching Legends”
                           Solution: “Finding Out the Best All-Time College Coach

                          Southwest University for Nationalities
                           College of Computer Science and Technology
                           Chengdu, Sichuan Province, P. R. China

                           Students: Yiping Liy
                                          College of Computer Science and Technology

                                          Yongyi Xie
                                          College of Computer Science and Technology

                                          Yao Zhang
                                          College of Computer Science and Technology

                           Faculty Advisor: Professor Gaoping LI
                                                   College of Computer Science and Technology

Student recipients each receive a cash award of $500, a SIAM Student Travel Award, complimentary SIAM membership for three years, and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate for the student's school.


SIAM Student Paper Prizes

The SIAM Student Paper Prizes are awarded every year to the student authors of the most outstanding papers submitted to the SIAM Student Paper Competition. These awards are based solely on the merit and content of the students’ contribution to the submitted papers. The purpose of the SIAM Student Paper Prizes is to recognize outstanding scholarship by students in applied mathematics or computing.

Students will present their papers in a session of Student Days, MS90 Student Days: SIAM Student Paper Prize Winners Presentations, Wednesday, July 9, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Salon 6 – 3rd Floor.

2014 Recipients:  Sean P. Cornelius
                           Northwestern University

                          “Realistic Control of Network Dynamics”
                                 Co-Authors:  William L. Kath and Adilson E. Motter


                          Carlos Fernandez-Granda
                          Stanford University

                           “Towards a Mathematical Theory of Super-Resolution”
                                 Co-Author:  Emmanuel J. Candès


                          Iain Smears
                          University of Oxford, UK

                          “Discontinuous Galerkin Finite Approximation of Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman
                           Equations with Cordès Coefficients”
                                 Co-Author:  Endre Süli

Student recipients each receive a cash award of $1000, a SIAM Student Travel Award, and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate.


SIAM Outstanding Paper Prizes

The SIAM Outstanding Paper 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, bringing a fresh look at an existing field or opening up new areas of applied mathematics.

2014 Recipients: “Diffuse Interface Models on Graphs for Classification of High Dimensional Data
                          Multiscale Modeling and Simulation (MMS), Volume 10, Issue 3 (2012), pp. 1090-1118

                           Authors: Andrea L. Bertozzi

                                        Arjuna Flenner
                                        NAVAIR – Naval Air Systems Command


                          “Phase Retrieval via Matrix Completion
                           SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences (SIIMS), Volume 6, Issue 1 (2013), pp. 199-225

                           Authors: Emmanel J. Candès
                                        Stanford University

                                        Yonina C. Eldar
                                        Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

                                        Thomas Strohmer
                                        University of California, Davis

                                        Vladislav Voroninski
                                        Massachusetts Institute of Technology


                          “Efficiency of Coordinate Descent Methods on Huge-Scale Optimization Problems
                           SIAM Journal on Optimization (SIOPT), Volume 22, Issue 2 (2012), pp. 341-362

                           Author:  Yurii Nesterov
                                        Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Each author receives a cash award of $500.  Each team of authors receives a travel award for one.


SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession

The SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession, established in 1985, is awarded to an applied mathematician who has made distinguished contributions to the furtherance of applied mathematics on the international level.

2014 Recipient Arieh Iserles
                         University of Cambridge, UK

Citation: Arieh Iserles, Professor in Numerical Analysis of Differential Equations at Cambridge University, is awarded the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession for his outstanding editorial contributions to applied mathematics. In 1992 he founded Acta Numerica, an annual volume that publishes seminal review articles in numerical analysis and scientific computing, and he has been Editor ever since. Under his guidance and leadership, Acta Numerica has published authoritative articles that are widely read and highly cited, and it has continued to keep pace with rapidly evolving trends in research. Iserles has also made major and long-standing editorial contributions to the Journal of Foundations of Computational Mathematics and the IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis. In all his editorial work, he acts with extraordinary dedication, wisdom and integrity.

Arieh Iserles is Professor in Numerical Analysis of Differential Equations, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at University of Cambridge. He studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He was Junior and then Senior Research Fellow at King’s College, Cambridge. After associate professorship in the Department of Mathematics and the University of Arizona, he joined the faculty of DAMTP at Cambridge University as University Lecturer, becoming Professor in 1999. He is a member of the Cambridge Numerical Analysis Group, part of the Applied and Computational Analysis Group of DAMTP, and of Foundations of Computational Mathematics (FoCM), an international nonprofit organization that supports and promotes research at the interface of mathematics and computation. His research focuses on different aspects of the numerical solution of differential equations and other areas of interest in computational mathematics.

Previous Recipients: 

Note: The SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession, previously awarded from time to time, became an annual prize in 2003.  No award was made in 2007.

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


Theodore von Kármán Prize

The Theodore von Kármán Prize, established in 1968, is awarded for a notable application of mathematics to mechanics and/or the engineering sciences made during the five to ten years preceding the award.  The award may be given either for a single notable achievement or for a collection of such achievements.

20014 Recipients:  Weinan E
                            Princeton University

                           Richard D. James
                           University of Minnesota

Title of Lecture:  Materials from Mathematics
                           Richard D. James
                           Friday, July 11, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
                           Grand Ballroom – 4th Floor, The Palmer House

Citation: The 2014 Theodore von Kármán Prize is awarded to Weinan E for his deep mathematical contributions to fundamental questions in physics ranging from the structure of matter to turbulence, to a rejuvenation of numerical analysis in the light of multiple scales, and for his eclectic and ingenious solutions in scientific computing.

Weinan E received his BS from the University of Science and Technology of China and his MS from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He earned his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, and, after visiting memberships at the Institute for Advanced Study and Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, he joined the faculty of Courant Institute in 1994. Since 1999, he has been Professor in the Department of Mathematics and the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics (PCAM) at Princeton University. Since 2005, he has been Professor in the Beijing International Center for Mathematical Research (BICMR) at Peking University.  Professor E’s research interests include multiscale modeling and theory and modeling of rare events with applications in fluid dynamics and material sciences. In 2011, he was elected a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, of AMS, and of SIAM. He was awarded SIAM’s Ralph E. Kleinman Prize in 2009.

Citation:  The 2014 Theodore von Kármán Prize is awarded to Richard D. James, whose contributions to materials science and mathematics have shaped a vibrant community. Starting from his own experiments, he has forged a path from rational mechanics, via the calculus of variations, deep into elliptic regularity theory and back. In particular, the prize honors his seminal work with John Ball on shape memory alloys, his more recent work with Gero Friesecke and Stefan Müller on a nonlinear Korn inequality that played an essential role in the successful rigorous derivation of nonlinear plate theories, and his very recent discovery and analysis of low-hysteresis shape memory alloys.

Richard D. James is Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM) at the University of Minnesota. He received the ScB in Engineering from Brown University and the PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Johns

Hopkins University. After four years on the faculty of the Division of Engineering at Brown University, he joined the faculty of AEM at the University of Minnesota as Associate Professor, becoming Professor in 1991. Since 1998, he has held the Distinguished McKnight University Professorship, and for the 10-year term, 2001-11, he held the endowed Russell J. Penrose Professorship. His main area of research is phase transformations in materials – especially shape memory and multiferroic materials – at large and small scales. With Sir John Ball, he is Chief Editor of Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics. He was awarded the Warner T. Koiter Medal by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the William Prager Medal by the Society of Engineering Science, and the Brown Engineering Alumni Medal by Brown University.
Previous Recipients:

The Theodore von Kármán Lecturer receives a cash prize of $1,000 and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate.



The John von Neumann Lecture

The John von Neumann Lecture is awarded to a mathematician or to a scientist in another field who has made distinguished contributions to pure and/or applied mathematics.

2014 Lecturer:   Leslie F. Greengard
                        Simons Foundation and Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU

Title of Lecture:  Fast, Accurate Tools for Physical Modeling in Complex Geometry
                        Tuesday, July 8, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
                        Grand Ballroom – 4th Floor, The Palmer House

Citation: The 2014 John von Neumann Lecture prize is awarded to Leslie F. Greengard in recognition of his transformative contributions to computational science. Since the 1980s, when he and Rokhlin introduced the Fast Multipole Method, Greengard has shown the world the power of analysis-based algorithms for solving difficult computational problems of mathematical physics. He has changed our views of integral equations, particle simulations, spectral methods, fast Fourier transforms, and geometric complexity, inspiring students and colleagues at the Courant Institute and worldwide.

Leslie F. Greengard is a Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University. He earned his BA in mathematics from Wesleyan University, an MD from the Yale School of Medicine and a PhD in Computer Science from Yale University. In 2013, he became the founding director of the Simons Center for Data Analysis (SCDA) of the Simons Foundation in New York.  Dr. Greengard’s vision for SCDA is featured in an interview reported in SIAM News June 2014, Volume 47/Number 5. His current research concerns the development of robust tools for electromagnetic simulation and design in complex geometry, fluid dynamics, elasticity, plasma physics, and biomedical imaging. Dr. Greengard’s honors include the American Mathematical Society’s Steele Prize, shared with Vladimir Rokhlin, and election to the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. In 2011, he was awarded the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal by the Yale Alumni Association. He is a SIAM Fellow.

Previous von Neumann Lecturers:

The John von Neumann Lecturer receives an honorarium of $5,000 and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate.


SIGEST Authors

SIGEST contains digested versions of selected papers from SIAM’s research journals. Each journal’s Editorial Board, in turn, nominates work for SIGEST. The final choice of papers is made by the Editor-in-Chief and Section Editors of SIAM Review (SIREV) on the basis of exceptional quality and potential significance to the entire SIAM community. Authors of these papers achieve a wider readership than could be reached by a specialized research journal alone. This section provides a rare opportunity for readers from all segments of the SIAM community to keep up with important research from outside their areas of specialization.

SIAM recognizes the authors of the papers published in SIREV’s SIGEST section in 2013.

SIREV 55(1)
The Validity of Johnson-Nédélec’s BEM-FEM Coupling on Polygonal Interfaces
SIAM Review, Volume 55, Issue 1 (2013), pp. 131-146

               Francisco-Javier Sayas, University of Delaware

SIREV 55(2)
Global Convergence of Radial Basis Function Trust-Region Algorithms for Derivative-Free Optimization
SIAM Review, Volume 55, Issue 2 (2013), pp. 349-371

               Stefan M. Wild, Argonne National Laboratory
               Christine Shoemaker, Cornell University

SIREV 55(3)
Goal-Oriented Inference: Approach, Linear Theory, and Application to Advection Diffusion
SIAM Review, Volume 55, Issue 3 (2013), pp. 493-519

               Chad Lieberman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
               Karen Willcox, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

SIREV 55(4)
Nonlocal Aggregation Models: A Primer of Swarm Equilibria
SIAM Review, Volume 55, Issue 4 (2013), pp. 709-747

               Andrew J. Bernoff, Harvey Mudd College
               Chad M. Topaz, Macalester College


Affiliations reflect author addresses at the time of publication.


SIAM Fellows

The SIAM Fellows program was established in 2009. Fellowship is an honorific designation conferred on certain SIAM members who have made outstanding contributions to fields served by SIAM. The 2013 Fellows were selected from nominations submitted by their peers.

The following have been named SIAM Fellows for the Class of 2014:

Mark Ainsworth  Brown University
John S. Baras  University of Maryland, College Park
Lorenz T. Biegler  Carnegie Mellon University
Åke Björk  Linköping University, Emeritus
Alfred M. Bruckstein  Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Suncica Canic  University of Houston
Inderjit S. Dhillon  The University of Texas at Austin
Vladimir L. Druskin  Schlumberger-Doll Research
Leah Edelstein Keshet  University of British Columbia
Donald Estep  Colorado State University
Bengt Fornberg  University of Colorado Boulder
Omar Ghattas  The University of Texas at Austin
Philip E. Gill  University of California, San Diego
Solomon W. Golomb  University of Southern California
Jan S. Hesthaven  École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Dorit S. Hochbaum  University of California, Berkeley
Masakazu Kojima  Tokyo Institute of Technology and JST Crest
Jeffrey C. Lagarias  University of Michigan
Jean B. Lasserre  Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Institute of Mathematics, University of Toulouse
Tai-Ping Liu  Academia Sinica
Mitchell B. Luskin  University of Minnesota
Nancy K. Nichols  University of Reading
Peter J. Olver  University of Minnesota
Yuriko Yamamuro Renardy  Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
L. Ridgway Scott  University of Chicago
Mikhail Shashkov  Los Alamos National Laboratory, X-Computational Physics Division
Christine A. Shoemaker  Cornell University
Valeria Simoncini  Università di Bologna
Zdeněk Strakoš  Charles University in Prague
Bernd Sturmfels  University of California, Berkeley
Jorge X. Velasco-Hernandez  Instituto de Matematicas UNAM
Michael S. Vogelius  Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


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2015 Prizes

The following prizes will be awarded at SIAM’s Prizes and Awards ceremony to be held at ICIAM 2015 in Beijing, China:

The John von Neumann Lecture
AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture
Peter Henrici Prize (awarded jointly with ETH Zurich)
Ralph E. Kleinman Prize
George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition (1st award)
SIAM Outstanding Paper Prizes
SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession

The following prizes will be awarded in 2015:
Student winners will present their papers at AN16
SIAM Award in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM)
SIAM Student Paper Prizes

The following prizes will be awarded at other societies' conferences in 2015:

At Joint Math Meetings, January 2015 in San Antonio, TX
George David Birkhoff Prize
JPBM Communications Award
Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research by an Undergraduate Student

At OPSFA 2015, June 2015 at NIST, Gaithersburg, MD
Gábor Szegő Prize (SIAG/Orthogonal Polynomials and Special Functions)

At ISMP 2015, July 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA
George B Dantzig Prize (awarded jointly with MOS)
Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization (awarded jointly with MOS)

At SciCADE 2015, September 2015 in Potsdam, Germany
Germund Dahlquist Prize

The following prizes will be awarded at SIAM Activity Group (SIAG) conferences in 2015:

SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering (awarded jointly with ACM at CSE15)
J. D. Crawford Prize (SIAG/Dynamical Systems)
Jürgen Moser Lecture (SIAG/Dynamical Systems)
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W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize (awarded at CT15)
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SIAG/Linear Algebra Prize


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