Candidate Profiles

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President Elect

The term of office for President is two years.  In the normal course of events, the same person serves in three consecutively held offices:  first a one-year term as President Elect, next, a two-year term as President, and finally a  one-year term as Past President.

President Elect – January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016
President – January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018
Past President – January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019

Nicholas John Higham Chris Jones


Nicholas John Higham

Professional Experience: Richardson Professor of Applied Mathematics, School of Mathematics, University of Manchester, UK (1998-present). Previous positions: Director, Manchester Institute for Mathematical Sciences (2004-2011), Professor of Applied Mathematics (1996-98), Reader (1992-96), Senior Lecturer (1989-92) and Lecturer (1985-89), Department of Mathematics, University of Manchester, UK; Senior Visitor, Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA), University of Minnesota (1992); Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Cornell University (1988-89).

Education: Ph.D. in Numerical Analysis, M.Sc. in Numerical Analysis and Computing, and B.Sc. with Honors in Mathematics, University of Manchester, UK.

SIAM Activities:
Vice President at Large (2010-2013);
Member, SIAM Board of Trustees (2006-2009);
Chair, SIAM Book Committee (2014-present);
Chair, Major Awards Committee (2010-2013);
Founding Editor-in-Chief, SIAM  Fundamentals of Algorithms book series (2003-present);
Member, Editorial Boards, SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications (1989-2012), SIAM News (2001-2012), SIAM Classics in Applied Mathematics book series (2005-present);
Member, SIAM Book Committee (2004-present);
SIAM Committee on Committees and Appointments (2010-2013);
SIAM Master Program Committee (2002-2009, 2010-2013);
SIAM Membership Committee (2002-2004, 2010-2013);
Chair of SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra (2001-2003);
Member-at-Large of the Council (1996-2001);
Member of Executive Committee of Council (2000-2001, 2010-2013);
Member, SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra Prize Committee (2000);
Member, Organizing Committee, Sixth SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra (1997) and Eighth SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra (2003);
Author of four SIAM books, three of which are in second editions.

Professional Memberships: American Mathematical Society; Association for Computing Machinery; Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications; International Linear Algebra Society; London Mathematical Society; SIAG/LA; SIAM and SIAM Fellow, Class of 2009.

Research Interests: Numerical analysis; numerical linear algebra; scientific computing.


Candidate Statement: SIAM is the leading international organization for applied mathematics and has been an important part of my professional life since I joined as a PhD student, 31 years ago. SIAM is the first place that many people turn to for publications, conferences, and news about applied mathematics and it represents the profession nationally and internationally.

I have been fortunate to be involved in the leadership for many years, having spent six years on the Council, eight years on the Board, and having recently served two terms as Vice President At Large (2010-2013).

SIAM faces a number of challenges that, if elected as President, I relish helping to address, working with SIAM members, SIAM officers, and the excellent SIAM staff.

SIAM's publications remain strong, but are vulnerable to changes in the way scholarly journals operate (open access, article processing charges, etc.). SIAM needs to monitor the situation and respond appropriately, while striving to provide an even greater service to authors, referees and editors, for example by better use of web tools.

SIAM's membership is also healthy, but SIAM must continue to enhance membership benefits and work hard to attract and retain student members, who are the future of the society, and to provide value for its members in industry.

Book sales are declining globally and in academic publishing it is becoming harder to find authors with the time to write a book. Nevertheless, the SIAM book program is in a strong position and the 2015 review of the program that I chaired has produced a list of recommendations that should help it to thrive.

SIAM conferences are a terrific place to learn about the latest developments in the subject, meet SIAM staff, browse SIAM books, and attend a business meeting. Attendances continue to grow (the SIAM CSE meeting in Salt Lake City last March was the largest ever SIAM meeting, with over 1700 attendees), but in any given year, the majority of SIAM's 14,000 members do not attend a SIAM conference. Audio and slide captures of selected lectures are made available on SIAM Presents, but we need to do more to help members engage in virtual participation.

The SIAM web site has provided sterling service for a number of years, but is in need of a major redesign, which is underway. This is an excellent opportunity to integrate better the many services (conferences, journals, books, membership, activity groups, chapters, sections, etc.) in a responsive design. Beyond the core website, SIAM has a strong social media presence, posts a wide variety of videos on its YouTube channel, hosts SIAM Blogs (which I was involved in setting up in 2013), has recently made SIAM News available online, and has SIAM Connect and SIAM Unwrapped as further outlets. Optimizing the use of all these communication tools will be an ongoing effort.

These are just some of the challenges facing SIAM in the future as it continues to play a global leadership role for applied mathematics.

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Chris Jones

Professional Experience: Guthridge Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (2002-present), Director of the Mathematics and Climate Research Network, (2010-present), Domain Scientist in Mathematics at the Renaissance Computing Institute, UNC-CH, (2011-present), Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Warwick, (2007-2011), Simons Professor, MSRI, (2007), Professor of Applied Mathematics, Brown University, (1990-2002), Associate Professor, University of Maryland (1986-1990), Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, (1981-1986), Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, (1980-1981), Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia, (1980).

Education: PhD, Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1979), MSc, Mathematics, University of New Mexico (1976), BA, Mathematics and Philosophy, University of Bristol, UK (1974).

SIAM Activities
Board of Trustees, 1998-2000;
Chair, SIAM Activity Group on Dynamical Systems 1993-5;
Co-organizer, SIAM Conference on Dynamical Systems at Snowbird, 1992;
Past editor of both SIMA and SIADS;
Best Paper Prize Committee, 2000;
Chair, Crawford Prize Committee, 2001;
SIAG-DS Advisory Board 2007-9;
SIAG-DS Nominating Committee (4 times between 1995 and 2011);
SIAM Annual Meeting Organizing Committee 1996 and 2006

Professional Memberships: SIAM (Fellow), SIAG-DS, NLW and UQ, American Mathematical Society, American Geophysical Union.

Research Interests: Applied dynamical systems, climate science, oceanography, nonlinear waves, and nonlinear optics.

Candidate Statement: SIAM is very effective in creating and nurturing connections among applied mathematicians in industry, government labs and academia. Representing all three key arenas where mathematics is developed for application in the real world, it is the most important voice of our discipline and we need to lean on its reputation to explain to the public and the government the importance to society of keeping strength in applied mathematics at both the research and educational level. Since it has expanded internationally to such a great extent over recent years, it now has a global platform.

In order to keep the discipline strong, the training of students at all levels is critical. I see two issues where SIAM’s leadership can play a role in effecting change. First, applied mathematics is strong at the undergraduate level in large universities, but it could have a much greater presence in four-year colleges. This is an important stream of students in the US who are missing the joy and excitement of applied mathematics. Collaborating with other professional societies and seeking ideas from our members in these colleges, SIAM could make a big difference. Secondly, a significant issue is emerging as students graduating with PhDs are taking jobs for which they are not specifically trained. This is an exciting situation for us as it means our graduates are becoming a significant part of the workforce in industry and applied science, and it is an opportunity to guide their training toward skill-building that will match their careers. While this may not be such an issue in applied mathematics departments or programs, most advisors of applied mathematics PhD students are working in general departments of mathematics where the prevailing training model is geared toward academia.  Since SIAM is independent of any particular institution, and the fact that it encompasses industry and labs, it is in a strong position to lead on this issue. SIAM could build and disseminate models as well as work with departments, through the SIAM members within them, to test new ideas and elements of training that include scientific computation, collaborative teamwork etc.

SIAM has rightfully taken its position as the home of computational science. As technology is advancing rapidly, the subject is growing faster than our ability to keep it organized. I am thinking here of the issues surrounding the sustainability of software, which has implications for the reproducibility of computational experiments, and the challenges in data management and uncertainty quantification. An emerging trend in this area is toward defining best practices for software development and management. This will, in turn, generate a need for a new level of training. SIAM could play a critical role in ensuring this is done well and the established protocol is itself sustainable.

Finally, we need to think about SIAM’s future financial health. With all the changes in publishing, both for books and journals, this income stream for SIAM may become uncertain. While there is no immediate threat, the foundations for diversified income generation could be laid now. One possibility would be to increase our collaboration with funding agencies, industry and private foundations to address infrastructure issues such as those I have mentioned above.

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Vice President At Large

The term of office for the Vice President-at-Large is two years.  No person shall serve more than two consecutive terms as Vice President at Large.

Term: January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017

Bruce Hendrickson Ilse Ipsen


Bruce Hendrickson

Professional Experience: At Sandia National Laboratories since 1990. Currently Director of the Center for Computing Research. Previously, Senior Manager for Extreme Scale Computing and Senior Manager for Computational Science and Mathematics. Prior to that, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. Since 1997, Affiliated Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of New Mexico. Served as Program Manager for DOE’s Applied Mathematics Research Program in 2000.

Education: Ph.D. in Computer Science, Cornell University - 1991; M.S. in Physics, Brown University - 1982; B.A in Mathematics, Brown University - 1982.

SIAM Activities:
Member, SIAM Council (2008-2014, two terms)
Member, SIAM Fellows Selection Committee (2012-2014)
Member, SIAM Denes Konig Prize Committee (2014)
Council representative to the SIAM Board (2009-2010)
Member, SIAM Program Committee (2008-2013)
Member, SIAM Major Awards Committee (2007-2010)
Member, SIAM Nominating Committee (2001-03)
Member, SIAM Ad Hoc Committee on SIDMA (2008)
Chair, SIAM Ad Hoc Committee on Proceedings (2006-2007)
Member, SIAM Nominating Committee (2001-2003)
Chair, SIAM Ad Hoc Committee on Discrete Mathematics (2002-03)
Member, Editorial Boards, SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications (2009-2014), SIAM Review (2003-2008), and SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (1999-2004)
Co-Chair, SIAM Annual Meeting (2013), SIAM Conference on Computational Science (2007), SIAM Workshop on Combinatorial Scientific Computing (2004 & 2007), SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing (1999)
Member, Organizing Committee, SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing (2004 & 2016), SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra (2015), SIAM/ACM Conference on Algorithm Engineering & Experiments (2013 & 2014), and SIAM Matrix-Based Information Processing Symposium (2005)
Program Director, SIAM Activity Group on Supercomputing (1997-2000)

Professional Memberships: AAAS, ACM (SIGACT,SIGHPC), IEEE Computer Society, SIAM (SIAG/CSE; SIAG/LA; SIAG/SC), SIAM Fellow (2012).

Research Interests: I have diverse interests in computational and applied mathematics and algorithms.  Specific areas of interest to me include combinatorial scientific computing, linear algebra and preconditioning, parallel algorithms, graph theory, data mining, and computer architecture.


Candidate Statement: We are entering a golden age for applied math and for SIAM, as applied mathematics is central to an ever expanding set of scientific and societal concerns.  Mathematical advances are needed to address many of the pressing challenges of our era including predicting climate change, evaluating alternative energy technologies, managing vast quantities of information, and optimizing public health.  These and many other problems will require research that crosses traditional mathematical boundaries and bridges between math and applications.  SIAM is uniquely positioned to facilitate these interactions and to enable these advances.  SIAM’s contributions to education, outreach, networking and advocacy are all central to the health of the mathematical community and its ability to impact the larger world.

It has been a privilege for me to work in support of SIAM in many ways through the years, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve the community as Vice President at Large.  In this role, I will actively work to continue SIAM’s international expansion, and to help grow the next generation of applied mathematicians.  I will also continue to advocate for SIAM to be the principal professional organization for computational science.

SIAM itself is at a critical crossroads due to changes in the larger world.  The rapid growth of the open access movement will require deep thinking about SIAM’s business model in which profits from publications subsidize other activities.  Technological advances are creating new models for delivering educational material, for collaborating and for networking.  These changes provide both challenges and opportunities for SIAM.  I am eager to help the Society remain healthy and vibrant, and to explore new ways to serve the applied mathematics community.


Ilse Ipsen

Professional Experience: Associate Director, Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (2011- present); Professor of Mathematics, North Carolina State University (1998-present); Associate Professor, Mathematics, North Carolina State University (1993-1998); Assistant (1985-1988) and Associate (1988-1993) Professor, Computer Science, Yale University; Associate Research Scientist, Computer Science, Yale University (1983-1985).

Education: Ph.D. in Computer Science, Pennsylvania State University (1983); Vordiplom summa cum laude in Informatik/Mathematik, Universitaet Kaiserslautern, Germany (1977).

SIAM Activities:
Editorial boards: SIAM Review (2004-present), SIAM Book Series on Fundamentals of Algorithms (2014-present), SIAM J. Matrix Anal. Appl. (1997-2014);
Section editor, SIAM Review (2005-2011);
SIAM Journal Committee (2013-present);
Co-organizer, Gene Golub SIAM Summer School on Randomization in Numerical Linear Algebra, Delphi, Greece (2015);
Award committees: SIAM George Polya Prize for Mathematical Exposition (2014), SIAM Fellows Selection (2012-2013), AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture  (2011-2012);
SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra: Chair (2004-2006) and Program Director (1998-2003);
SIAM Vice President for Programs (2004-2009);
Co-chair: SIAM Annual Meeting (2003) and SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra (2000);
Organizing Committees: SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra (1997) and (2003), SIAM Annual Meeting (2005).

Professional Memberships: SIAM (Fellow), ASA, ILAS, AAAS.

Research Interests: Numerical linear algebra, randomized algorithms, numerical analysis.


Candidate Statement: The main responsibilities of the SIAM VP at Large include oversight of the SIAM Activity Groups and Sections, and management of SIAM’s prizes through chairmanship of the Major Awards Committee.

The more than 20 SIAM activity groups (SIAGs) are the foundation of SIAM, through their conferences, journals, electronic forums and prizes. This is where SIAM “happens”. By offering a gathering place for smaller, focused research communities, SIAGs make it easy to introduce students to SIAM and recruit new members, to network, but also to make interdisciplinary connections. SIAM must promote the health of the SIAGs and foster their growth, in regard to membership, activities, communication, geographic outreach, and emerging scientific areas.

SIAM prizes were established to recognize outstanding contributions to research, and service to the community. Prizes help to advance careers, especially those of junior researchers; and they draw public attention to industrial & applied mathematics. SIAM’s extensive prize portfolio includes 15 major prizes, 19 SIAG prizes, 4 student prizes, and 9 prizes co-sponsored with other societies. SIAM needs to increase the volume of nominations for these prizes. It also needs to ensure that the pool of nominees and the composition of the prize committees reflect the SIAM community as a whole and its many different aspects of diversity.

The SIAM community has been an integral and influential part of my professional life. I enjoy very much working on behalf of SIAM, with the dedicated SIAM staff and volunteers. Almost twenty years of editorial work, conference organization, SIAG involvement, award committee membership, and six years as SIAM VP for Programs have given me an appreciation for how much goes into making SIAM run. It would be a privilege to serve as VP at large.

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The term of office for the Secretary is two years.  No person shall serve more than three consecutive terms as Secretary. 

Term: January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017

Nilima Nigam Simon J. Tavener*

*indicates an incumbent candidate

Nilima Nigam

Professional Experience: Professor (2013-present) and Associate Professor (2008-2013) of Mathematics, Simon Fraser University. Associate Scientific Director, MITACS-NCE (2008-2010). Canada Research Chair Tier II (2008-2013). Associate Professor (2008) and Assistant Professor (2001-2008) of Mathematics, McGill. IMA Industrial Postdoctoral Fellow (1999-2001).

Education: Ph.D. (1999) and M.S. (1996) in Applied Mathematics, University of Delaware. B.Sc. (Honours) (1994) in Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

SIAM Activities
Associate editor, SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics (2011-present);
Editorial Board, SIAM News (2012-present);
SIAM Major Awards Committee (2010-2012)

Professional Memberships: SIAM, Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society, Canadian Mathematical Society.

Research Interests: Numerical analysis and scientific computing for PDE and integral equations. Mathematical modeling and computation in physiology. Industrial mathematics.


Candidate Statement: SIAM plays an influential role for applied mathematicians internationally, through its journals, conferences, workshops and SIAGS. It fosters interaction between academic, government and industrial research organizations, and serves an important role in promotion and advocacy for our discipline. The society is uniquely placed to respond with flexibility and rigor to new challenges, and we face quite a few. I would like to help SIAM continue to promote mathematics and its applications. I would also like SIAM to strengthen and broaden its activities in support of students, who face a rapidly-evolving professional environment. Finally, I believe SIAM has an important role to play in public education and advocacy, and am committed to helping the organization with this.


Simon J. Tavener

Professional Experience: Professor, Department of Mathematics, Colorado State University, 2001-present. Associate Dean, College of Natural Sciences, 2011- present. Chair, Department of Mathematics, Colorado State University, 2003-2011 Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Colorado State University, 2000-2001. Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, The Pennsylvania State University, 1995-2000. Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, The Pennsylvania State University, 1989-1995. Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mathematics, The Pennsylvania State University, 1987-1989. Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications, University of Minnesota, 1986-1987.

Education: D. Phil - University of Oxford, 1986. M.E. (Distinction), University of Auckland, 1983. B.E. (1st class Honours), University of Auckland, 1982.

SIAM Activities: SIAM Secretary, 2012-2015.
Professional Memberships: AMS, SIAM.

Research Interests: Numerical analysis and scientific computing, particularly error estimation and adaptivity for multi-physics problems, including those with uncertainty, computational biology, including ecology and evolution.

Candidate Statement: I have greatly enjoyed serving as SIAM secretary for the past three and one-half years and value the opportunity this has provided for me to learn more about our professional society and mathematical community.  This experience has made me feel more confident not only in the secretary’s primary role of making recommendations for membership of SIAM committees, but also in my ability to contribute as a member of the SIAM council. The past two years have seen the introduction of the Career Opportunities and Fellows Canvassing committees, and each year there are approximately 50 vacancies to be filled on SIAM and joint committees. The Committee on Committees and Appointments is very serious about its responsibility to take full advantage of the range of expertise, experience and abilities within SIAM and is always looking for better ways to accomplish this goal. I have found the process of selecting the annual Block lecturers to be a fascinating one and it has been inspiring to better appreciate the breadth of mathematics and its applications. 

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Board of Trustees

The Board consists of nine elected Trustees, not more than two appointed Trustees, and the President and Treasurer.  Three (3) trustees shall be elected annually for three-year terms.  No trustee shall serve more than three consecutive terms. 

Term: January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018

Andrew R. Conn Leslie Greengard
Lisa Fauci* Linda Petzold
Andreas Frommer Fadil Santosa*

*indicates an incumbent candidate

Andrew R. Conn

Professional Experience: Lady Davis Fellow, Hebrew University, Einstein Institute of Mathematics (1970-1971); University of Waterloo, Department of Computer Science and Department of Combinatorics  & Optimization (1971-1990), Professor (1984-1990) , Associate Professor (1978-1984), Assistant Professor (1971-1977); Yale University Operations Research, Visiting Professor (1990-1992); Research Staff Member, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, (1990 – present).

Education: Ph.D., Department of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, 1970, M.Sc., Department of Computer Science, University of Manitoba, 1968, B.Sc. Department of Mathematics, Imperial College, London, 1967.

SIAM Activities:  
Associate Editor, SIAM Journal on Optimization (1989-1999);
Vice Chairman, SIAG-OPT(1988-1990);
Chairman, SIAG-OPT (1990-1995);
Joint Chairman, SIAM Optimization Meeting, 1996;
Organizing committee for the SIAM Annual Meeting in (2008-2009);
Keynote Speaker SIAM/MAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Applied Mathematics Student Conference (2011);
Organizing committee for the SIAM Optimization Meeting (2013-2014);
Fellows Selection Committee (2015-2017)

Professional Memberships and Activities: SIAM (1971-present), Publications Committee of the Mathematical Programming Society (1982-1985), Associate Editor, Mathematical Programming(1985-2004), Organizing Committee of the International Mathematical Programming Symposium (1989-1997), Fields Institute Industrial Seminars Advisory Committee(2007-2010), Chairman DOE Mathematical Programming Research Panel (1993-1994), Chairman of the NSF review of the Mathematical and Computer Sciences of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (1996-1997), Chairman of the Farkas Prize selection committee (2008), Associate Editor, Journal on Optimization and Engineering (2005-present). Various other research grant and prize committees.

Honors:  SIAM Fellow; Mathematical Optimization Society Beale-Orchard-Hays Prize (Joint Recipient); Mathematical Optimization Society and SIAM Lagrange Prize (Joint Recipient); Honorary Professor at University of Veszprem, Hungary; Hooker Visiting Professor, McMaster University.

Research Interests: Broadly interested in computational science, engineering, and mathematics. Specific research interests are in mathematical programming and its applications. My research is typically motivated by algorithms but includes convergence analysis, theory, applications and software. Although predominately devoted to continuous nonlinear optimization, I have an ongoing interest in linear and discrete problems, exploiting their structure and adapting continuous techniques to their solution, including mixed integer nonlinear programming.

Candidate Statement: What SIAM has accomplished for our field in the broadest sense is enormous. This includes encouraging and in effect, mentoring students, and being a catalyst for the pursuit of mathematics and scientific computing worldwide by publishing first-class books, and journals, promoting high quality conferences and thereby influencing research, education and governments globally.  However, what is even more important is the high standards under which all this has been carried out. SIAM has always been a superb advocate for our profession.
I have spent more than two decades as an academic, and even more time in industry (albeit as a researcher), always maintaining ongoing interests and interactions with graduate students. Consequently I have a particular perspective (more details are available in the SIAM News article I believe that while it is true that research in universities, government and industry have much in common, they also have much that is unique and many of those differences are important to recognize and promote. If I had any issue with SIAM at all, it is that I think we could stand having more emphasis on the `I’ in SIAM than is currently the case, and as somebody who appreciates all three settings for research I hope to be able to be in a position to encourage exactly that without detracting from the excellent job SIAM is already doing.

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Lisa Fauci

Professional Experience: Associate Director, Center for Computational Science, Tulane University, (2003-present), Founding Director, (2001-2003); Professor, Mathematics, Tulane University, (1998-present); Assoc. Prof.,  Mathematics, Tulane University, (1993-1998); Asst. Prof., Mathematics, Tulane University, (1986-1993); Visiting Member  Mathematics, Courant Inst., (1995, 2005-6, 2011-12); Vis. Asst. Prof., Mathematics, Univ. of Utah, (1990-1991).

Education: Ph.D. (1986) Courant Inst., NYU, Mathematics; M.S. (1984) Courant Inst., NYU, Mathematics; B.S. (1981) Pace Univ., New York, Mathematics.

SIAM Activities: 
Chair, SIAG Life Sciences, 2009-2011;
Associate Editor, SIADS  (2003-2009);
Associate Editor, SISC  (2000-2006);
Member, SIAM Council (2002-2006);
Member, SIAM Board (2009-present);
Co-chair, SIAM Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA 2005.

Professional Memberships: American Physical Society, American Math Society, SIAM.

Research Interests: Mathematical Biology, Fluid Dynamics, Computational Science.


Candidate Statement: Applied mathematics is widely-accepted as an important component of all areas of science, and professional societies in these other disciplines do embrace participation by applied mathematicians.  SIAM should continue to be the premier international society which promotes fundamental advances in computation and mathematics that transcend disciplines, and provide a forum to communicate these advances. SIAM should play a leading role in fostering collaboration between applied scientists and mathematicians, and actively seek increased participation in all SIAM activities.

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Andreas Frommer

Professional Experience: Full professor Department of Mathematics, Bergische Universität Wuppertal (1992-present), vice-rector for academic affairs (2008-present), head of department (1996-2000), research and teaching assistant and assistant professor Universität Karlsruhe (1985-1992), member of Review Board ”Mathematics“ of the German Science Foundation DFG (2012-present), treasurer of Gesellschaft für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik GAMM (2000-2008); editorial board SIMAX, LAA, ETNA, editorial committee Math. Rev.

Education: Habilitation in Mathematics, Ph.D. in Mathematics and MS („Diplom“) in Mathematics, Universität Karlsruhe, BS („licence“) Univesite Paul Sabatier Toulouse (France).

SIAM Activities:
Member, Committee on Committees and Appointments (since 2015);
Vice Chair, SIAG Linear Algebra 2009-2012;
Program Director, SIAG Linear Algebra 2007-2009;
Co-organizer, SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra, Düsseldorf, 2006.

Professional Memberships: DMV, GAMM, SIAM.

Research Interests: Scientific computing, parallel algorithms, numerical linear algebra, matrix functions, preconditioning, numerics for lattice QCD.


Candidate Statement: SIAM is a society with considerable international impact, offering important services and products for the community worldwide. The two foremost examples are the SIAM journals and the SIAM conferences. In scientific journal publication we are facing substantial changes, and  recent evolutions in „commercial“ publishing are a cause for concern. Scientific associations will have an ever increasing role in assuring quality. With its excellent journal program, SIAM is ideally positioned to bear this challenge and should strive to further extend its leadership.

SIAM's high standards for its conferences contribute in a similar manner to promote scientific excellence. I see great potential for SIAM's conference program in further encouraging joint conferences with other scientific associations worldwide with the two-fold goal of establishing strong cooperations with other national societies and making such high quality joint conferences accessible for more young mathematicians worldwide by having several of them organized outside the US.

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Leslie Greengard

Professional Experience: Director, Simons Center for Data Analysis, Simons Foundation, (2013-present); Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU (1995-present); Director, Courant Institute, New York University, (2006-2011); Associate Professor, Courant Institute, New York University (1992-1995), Assistant Professor, Courant Institute, New York University (1989-1992); Visiting Member, Courant Institute, New York University (1988-1989); Associate Research Scientist, Yale University (1987-1989).

Education: Ph.D. in Computer Science, Yale University, 1987; M.D., Yale University School of Medicine, 1987; B.A. in Mathematics, Wesleyan University, 1979.

SIAM Activities:
Co-organizer of minisymposia at several SIAM CSE, ICIAM, and SIAM Annual Meetings

Professional Memberships: SIAM (Fellow), IEEE, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering.

Research Interests:Applied mathematics, fast algorithms, electromagnetics, acoustics, heat transfer, integral equations, biomedical imaging, computational biology, computational chemistry, scientific data analysis.


Candidate Statement: The interface between mathematics, computer science, statistics and their various applications is undergoing a rapid transformation. New fields have emerged, largely driven by the data deluge from the internet and from high-throughput technologies in biology and physics. At the same time, classical areas of study, including modeling and simulation, are just now entering a phase where the fidelity is high enough to have a direct impact on design and manufacturing. SIAM has the potential to play a leading role in navigating this transition, from new modes of educational and training to finding new ways of collaborating with industry and the broader scientific community. As a SIAM Board member, I would be honored to help in building and fostering such interactions.

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Linda Petzold

Professional Experience: Professor, Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science (Chair 2003-2007), Director, Computational Science and Engineering Graduate Emphasis, University of California Santa Barbara (1997-present); Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Minnesota (1991-1997); Group Leader, Numerical Mathematics Group, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1985-1991); Member of Technical Staff, Applied Mathematics Division, Sandia National Laboratories Livermore (1978-1985).

Education: Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Illinois (UIUC), 1978; BA, Mathematics/Computer Science, University of Illinois (UIUC), 1974.

SIAM Activities:
Committee on Science Policy (2000-present);
VP at Large (2000-2001);
VP for Publications (1993-1998);
Journals Committee (2006-2012);
Editor in Chief, SISC (1990-1994);  
Editorial Board, SISC (1983-1989, 1995-2004);
Editorial Board, MMS (2001-2007);
Organizing Committee, SIAM Conference on CSE (2015, 2003 (Co-Chair), 2001 (Co-Chair));
Organizing Committee, SIAM Annual Meeting, 2001, 2004;
Chair, Computational Science and Engineering Education Working Group (1998-2001);
Education Committee (1998-2007);
SIAM Rep. to AAAS Mathematics Section (2011-2013);
Prize Committees: Kovalevsky Prize (2005 (Chair), 2004), Dahlquist Prize (2003 (Chair)); Computational Science Prize (2003).

Professional Memberships: National Academy of Engineering (Member), SIAM (Fellow), AAAS (Fellow), ACM (Fellow), ASME (Fellow).

Research Interests: Discrete stochastic simulation; Modeling, algorithms, simulation and software, applied to multiscale networked systems in biology, medicine, materials and social networks.

Candidate Statement: This is a time of amazing opportunity for the mathematical and computational sciences. The availability of data in all areas of science, engineering and medicine is both unprecedented and growing extremely rapidly. The need for tools to analyze the data, models to facilitate understanding and prediction of the underlying processes, and algorithms and software to enable modeling, data analysis and data manipulation, has never been greater. At the same time, there are some enormous challenges for science and for scientific societies, including SIAM. As a Society, we need to become more effective in identifying new results with potential for impact to society, and find effective ways to communicate them to the general public. Open Access of publications is wonderful for science, but it will require a complete rethinking of SIAM’s business model, which relies heavily on revenue from journal publications. I am running for SIAM Board because I believe these are critical challenges that will require fundamental change. I would like to try to help facilitate thoughtful discussion and actions on issues that will affect all SIAM members.

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Fadil Santosa

Professional Experience: Director, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, 2008 to present.  Also at the IMA, Deputy Director, 2001-2004, Associate Director for Industrial Programs, 1997-2001. Director, Minnesota Center for Industrial Mathematics, 2000 to 2007.  Professor of Mathematics, University of Minnesota, 1995 to present. Professor of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware, 1992-1995.  Also at Delaware, Associate Professor, 1987-1992, Assistant Professor 1985-1987.  Assistant Professor of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Cornell University, 1983-1985.  Also at Cornell, Postdoctoral Associate, 1980-1983.  Visiting positions: University of Maryland, Rutgers University, University of Trieste, Cornell University, University of Florence, Simon Fraser University.

Education: Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, 1980 (advisor – Robert Carroll), M.S. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, 1978, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico, 1976.

SIAM Activities:
Section Editor of Survey and Reviews, SIAM Review, 2006-2011;
Member of the editorial board, SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, 1994-2002;
SIAM Membership Committee, 1995-1996;
SIAM Industry Committee, 1999-2002;
SIAM Committee on Committees and Appointments, 2005-2009;
Organized (then first) minitutorials during SIAM AN02
Organizing committee of SIAM AN10;
Organizing Committee of SIAM IS04;
Co-chair of SIAM IS06 and IS14;
Program Director of SIAM SIAG in Imaging Science 2012-2014;
Member of the Block Lecture committee 2013-present;
SIAM Fellows Selection Committee 2012-14;
Chair of the Career Opportunities Committee 2015-present;
Initiated the establishment of the SIAM Kleinman Prize.

Professional Memberships: American Mathematical Society, Association for Women in Mathematics, SIAM (Fellow, Class of 2010), Sigma Xi, SIAG on Imaging Science.

Research Interests: Inverse problems, imaging, optimal design, wave phenomena, optics, photonics.

Candidate Statement: I have been a member of SIAM for over 30 years.  SIAM has been valuable to me as a professional organization through the various stages of my career.  It has a lot to offer already and has the potential to be even more relevant to mathematical scientists.  As director of the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, I have been privileged to have been given access to great talents and great ideas, and to be at the nexus for industrial mathematics.  I truly believe that the mathematical sciences are going to play an ever increasingly important role in other fields and in society in general, and SIAM is well positioned to take a leadership role in this sea change.  If elected, I will work hard to ensure that SIAM continues to accomplish its mission.  Specifically I would like to help to elevate the level of industry engagement in SIAM.  I will be a good listener and will serve to communicate members’ opinions and ideas to the leadership of SIAM.

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Council Members-at-Large

The Council consists of twelve elected members, the Officers of SIAM, and the Chair of the Board.  Terms of office for members of the Council shall be three years, with four members’ terms expiring each year.  No person shall serve more than two consecutive terms as a Member of the Council.

Term: January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018 


Alona Ben-Tal Andreas Griewank*
Mario di Bernardo Xiaoye Sherry Li
Tobin (Toby) Driscoll Joel Tropp
Chen Greif Thaleia Zariphopoulou

*indicates an incumbent candidate

Alona Ben-Tal

Professional Experience: Senior Lecturer (2010-present) and Lecturer (2005-2010), Massey University, New Zealand. Member of the Physical Sciences panel, James Cook Research Fellowship, The Royal Society of New Zealand (2014). Member of a review panel for the academic program of Mathematics, Statistics and Operation Research at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2013). Member of the Mathematical and Information Sciences panel, the Marsden Fund, The Royal Society of New Zealand (2010-2012). Chair (2011-2013), Secretary (2009-2010) and Treasurer (2009) of Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM), New Zealand branch. Executive committee member of ANZIAM (2009) and ANZIAM, New Zealand branch (2009 - present). New Zealand Science and Technology Postdoctoral fellow, Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland (2002-2005). Lecturer (2001- 2002) and Tutor (1998-2000), Mathematics Department, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Research engineer, The Israel Electric Corporation Ltd. (1994- 1997). Teaching assistant, Technion Israel Institute of Technology (1991- 1994). Manufacturing engineer, Volkan Engineering, Israel (1990).

Education: PhD in Mathematics, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2001. MSc and BSc (Cum Laude) in Mechanical Engineering, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, 1994 and 1990 respectively.

SIAM Activities: I have attended many SIAM conferences (Applications of Dynamical Systems, the Life Sciences, Annual meeting and Control and its Applications) and co-organized a mini-symposium at the SIAM conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems (2011).

Professional Memberships: SIAM (since 1999), American Mathematical Society (AMS), Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM), New Zealand Mathematical Society (NZMS).

Research Interests: Dynamical systems, Mathematical modelling, Numerical methods, Regulation and function of the cardio-respiratory system.


Candidate Statement: The public perception of mathematics is a major issue for our discipline. SIAM has already done substantial work in this area by providing a wide range of resources on line which include information, posters and short videos ( as well as supporting workshops on math education, generating recommendations for high school and undergraduate teaching ( and sponsoring visiting lecturers ( We should strengthen the public engagement activities as well as continue to foster interdisciplinary collaborations by providing networking opportunities for all our members.

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Mario di Bernardo

Professional Experience: Professor of Nonlinear Systems and Control, University of Bristol (2007-present); Professor of Automatic Control, University of Naples Federico II, Italy (2012-present); Member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society (2015-present); Deputy Editor-in-Chief IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I (2014-present); Associate Editor Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems; Associate Editor IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems; Member of the Advisory Board of the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Mathematics (2013- present); President Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity (2010-present); Vice President IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (2011-2014); Member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (2009-2011); Associate Professor of Automatic Control, University of Naples Federico II (2005-2012); Reader of Nonlinear Systems and Control, University of Bristol (2003-2007); Assistant Professor of Automatic Control, University of Sannio, Italy (2001-2005); Lecturer in Nonlinear Systems and Control, University of Bristol (1999-2003).

Education: Ph.D., Applied Nonlinear Mathematics, University of Bristol, U.K. (1998); M.Sc, Control Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Italy (1994).

SIAM Activities:
Member of the Dynamical Systems Group;
Member of the Control and Systems Theory Group;
Chair and organizer of mini symposia at the SIAM Conference on Applied Dynamical Systems (1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013);
Reviewer for SIAM Review, SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization.

Professional Memberships: SIAM, Activity Group on Control Theory and Applications and Activity Group on Dynamical Systems; IEEE Control Systems Society; IEEE Circuits and Systems Society; Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity.

Research Interests: Piecewise smooth and hybrid dynamical systems; complex networks and synchronization; nonlinear dynamics; nonlinear control theory; synthetic biology.

Candidate Statement: SIAM activities are highly interdisciplinary fostering collaboration across different areas of science. I joined SIAM in 1997 while completing my PhD in the UK and participating to its interdisciplinary meetings has been a fundamental part of my career ever since. I believe more should be done to reach out to other disciplines and areas particularly those at the interface between applied mathematics, physics and engineering. Also a great opportunity is represented by the applications to the Life Sciences that offer huge possibilities of developing and applying new mathematics. If elected, I will intend to use my interdisciplinary background at the frontier between dynamical systems and control to further foster and enhance the interdisciplinary collaboration between these areas within SIAM. I also think that recent collaborations between SIAM and other professional organizations such as the IEEE should continue and be encouraged as there is a huge potential for further collaborations and joint activities.

While being at the forefront of current research in applied and industrial mathematics, SIAM should continue to be a strong supporter of training activities for the next generation of scientists, encouraging cross-disciplinary activities and continuously engaging with the scientific community at large. I believe SIAM could proactively sponsor more training activities and rewards for its younger members. It is needed for SIAM to step up its web presence and engage more actively younger and potential members via social networks such as twitter and Facebook. This is particularly important also to increase international involvement and reach out to members from poorer areas of the world. Also further effort should be spent in disseminating the excitement of research in mathematics and its relevance to a large variety of problems to the wider public, for example by organizing public lectures in connection with SIAM top conferences.

Finally SIAM journals should continue to be the prime venue for publication of original research. For this it is essential to maintain the highest possible quality of the publications, fighting plagiarism and making sure they continue to attract top quality contributions from mathematicians and applied scientists.

If elected, I will be committed to work in these areas and serve on the Council using my experience and background to advance SIAM’s role as a top professional and scientific organization.

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Tobin (Toby) Driscoll

Professional Experience: University of Delaware Department of Mathematical Sciences: Professor (2004-present), Associate Professor (2004-2010), Assistant Professor (2000-2004), Director of Graduate Studies (2009-2012); University of Delaware Department of Biomedical Engineering: Affiliated Faculty, 2013-present. University of Colorado, Boulder: NSF Postdoctoral and VIGRE Fellow (1996-2000). 

Education: M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University (1991-1996), B.S. in Mathematics and B.S. in Physics from Pennsylvania State University (1987-1991).

SIAM Activities: 
Member since 1994;
Associate Editor of SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (2007-2013);
SIAM book author.

Professional Memberships: SIAM. 
Research Interests: Scientific computing and numerical analysis, mathematical software, applications in biology and medicine.


Candidate Statement: SIAM has long done an unparalleled job of connecting like-minded researchers scattered throughout academic disciplines, government labs, and industry through meetings, publications, and dissemination. These functions should continue to flourish and evolve. In order to keep our profession strong and growing, SIAM also needs to continuously remind funding agencies and legislators about the unique and central role of our research to the health, safety, and prosperity of the world, for instance through an enhanced media strategy that looks outward and presents a distinct identity for applied and nonacademic mathematics. SIAM should provide its members in higher education with access to best practices in teaching and curriculum development, so that we can work effectively within our institutions to put a lasting mark on the students who will become leaders in many professions and careers. And SIAM needs to continue, if not broaden, its efforts to recruit a diverse pool of students into postsecondary education in the mathematical sciences, in order to ensure our future as demographics evolve rapidly. 

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Chen Greif

Professional Experience: Professor of Computer Science, UBC (2012-present), Head, Department of Computer Science, UBC (appointed, 2016-...), Associate Head of Undergraduate Affairs, Department of Computer Science, UBC (2013-2015); Associate Professor of Computer Science, UBC (2007-2012), Assistant Professor of Computer Science, UBC (2002-2007), Senior Software Engineer, Parametric Technology Corporation (2000-2002); Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University (1998-2000); Computer Programmer, Teledata Communications (1991-1994). 

Education: Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, UBC (1998); M.Sc., Applied Mathematics, Tel Aviv University (1994); B.Sc., Applied Mathematics, Tel Aviv University (1991).

SIAM Activities
Associate Editor, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (2011-present);
Editorial Board, SIAM Computational Science and Engineering Book Series (2015-present);
Chair, Gene Golub SIAM Summer School Committee (2014-present);
Co-Chair, SIAM Applied Linear Algebra Conference (2015);
Program Director, SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra (2010-2012);
Member of Gene Golub SIAM Summer School Committee (2009-2013); 
Program Committee member, SIAM Annual Meeting (2014);
Program Committee member, SIAM Applied Linear Algebra Conference (2012); 
Program Committee member, SIAM Applied Linear Algebra Conference (2009);
SIAM book author.

Professional Memberships: SIAM (SIAG/LA, SIAG/CSE), Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society.

Research Interests: Scientific computing, numerical linear algebra, constrained optimization, numerical solution of elliptic partial differential equations.


Candidate Statement: SIAM plays a central role in promoting computational science and engineering. As part of its mission, SIAM is committed to providing support and opportunities to students and young researchers. This encouragement of the future generation of scientists is strongly aligned with my own passions. I have been fortunate to be able to take on leadership roles that have given me an opportunity to impact and strengthen the educational and professional development of students who look to pursue a career in computational science. I would like to see SIAM continuing to engage in such activities and developing more programs and opportunities, and I hope to be able to help make further advances in this front.

As a researcher educated and trained in applied mathematics and working in a department of computer science, I see great value in cultivating cross-disciplinary connections among researchers. I hope to see SIAM expanding its efforts and initiatives for generating opportunities for such interactions and collaborations.

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Andreas Griewank

Professional Experience: Assistant/Associate Professor, SMU, Dallas, Texas (1982-87), (Senior) Mathematician, Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois (1987-93), Professor, Department of Mathematics, TU Dresden (1993-2003), Sabbatical Year, INRIA Sophia-Antipolis, France (1999-2000),   Professor at Institute of Mathematics HU Berlin and DFG Research Center Matheon (2003-08), Director of Institute of Mathematics HU Berlin (2008-13), Professor at Institute of Mathematics HU Berlin (2013-15), Dean of School of Information Sciences, Yachay Tech, Ecuador (2015 - ).

Education:1977 Diploma, U Freiburg, Germany 1977, M.Sc/Ph.D, ANU Canberra, Australia 1978/1980, Post Doc, U Cambridge, England 1980-81.

SIAM Activities: 
Membership in SIAG Optimization;
Organization of workshops on Automatic/Algorithmic Differentiation;
SIAM Book author: Principles and Techniques of Algorithmic Differentiation, 2004-2011;
Special Delegate of ICIAM President for Developing Countries (2004-11);
Member of SIAM News Editorial Board (2012-15);
Member of SIAM Council (2013-2015);
Council Representative on the Board (2015-16).

Professional Memberships: Gesellschaft für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik (GAMM), Deutsche Mathematiker Vereinigung (DMV), Mathematical Optimization Society (MOS), European Mathematics Society(EMS), EMS Committee for Developing Countries (CDC).

Research Interests:  Numerical Analysis, General Nonlinear Optimization, Large Scale Design Optimization, Algorithmic/Automatic Differentiation, Nonsmooth Analysis via Piecewise Linearization, Optimal Control of IVPs in ODEs and DAEs.

Candidate Statement: Obviously SIAM must maintain its strengths, especially in publishing high quality research and development results, and in organizing scientific events that bring together academics and practitioners as well as researchers from industry. While firmly anchored in the US, SIAM takes on a more and more global role, partly by its leadership in the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM).
Curiously enough, many of the efforts to advance mathematics in truly developing countries are spearheaded by physicists or comparatively pure mathematicians, but rather rarely by applied mathematicians, statisticians, or engineers. I think SIAM could contribute here by highlighting applied mathematics as a key ingredient of societal and economic development.

As I suggested to our new president, Pam Cook, one suitable vehicle are the summer schools organized by the UNO organization CIMPA/ICPAM, which is already indirectly supported by SIAM through ICIAM. I would advocate a more direct involvement, but this is just one exemplary suggestion.

After my retirement from Humboldt University at the end of September 2015, I will move to Ecuador and help build the new university Yachay Tech some two hours north of Quito. It is strongly supported by the government of Raffael Correa and run by a board of trustees based at Caltech. The school is focused on the sciences and technology, especially in physics, chemistry, biology, geology and the information sciences. Hence there is a strong affinity to several SIAM activity groups.

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Xiaoye Sherry Li

Professional Experience: Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2014-present); Staff Computer Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2001-2014); Computer Systems Engineer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (1996-2001); Visiting Associate Researcher, Univ. of California at Berkeley (1999-2005); Consultant, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (1994-1996).

Education: Ph.D., Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley; M.S., Computer Science and M.A., Mathematics, Penn State University; B.S.,, Computer Science, Tsinghua University, China.

SIAM Activities:
Co-Chair, 2017 SIAM Conf. on Computational Science and Engineering;
Gene Golub SIAM Summer School Committee (2015-2018);
Steering Committee, SIAM Combinatorial Scientific Computing Workshop Series (2014-2016).
SIAM SIAG/Supercomputing Prize Committee (2014);
Invited Lecturer, the Fourth Gene Golub SIAM Summer School (2013);
Organizing Committee, 6th SIAM Workshop on Combinatorial Scientific Computing (2014);
Editorial Board, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (2006-2009).

Professional Memberships: ACM (Senior Member); SIAM (SIAG/CSE, SIAG/LA).

Research Interests: Sparse matrix algorithms, parallel computing, high performance algebraic solvers, combinatorial scientific computing, high precision arithmetic, mathematical software.


Candidate Statement: SIAM has been the most important professional society that brings together applied mathematics and computing to solve many real-world problems. It fosters the rapid growth of the interdisciplinary fields in computational science and engineering, with journals and conferences of highest standard. SIAM can play a more important role in

  1. nurturing non-traditional areas that require cross-cutting technologies, such as analysis of experimental data from scientific instruments,
  2. facilitating closer collaboration between theoreticians and practioners through joint appointments, conferences and publications,
  3. providing more opportunities to involve graduate students and junior scholars, and promoting diversity.

If elected to the Council, I would like to engage with the SIAM community in developing better approaches in these areas.

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Joel Tropp

Professional Experience: Professor of Applied & Computational Mathematics, Caltech (2012–present). Assistant Professor of Applied & Computational Mathematics, Caltech (2007–2012). TH Hildebrandt Research Assistant Professor and NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, UM-Ann Arbor (2005–2007). Research Assistant Professor, UM-Ann Arbor (2004–2005).

Education: PhD (2004) and MS (2002) Computational and Applied Mathematics, UT-Austin; BS Mathematics with special honors and BA Plan II Honors Program, magna cum laude, UT-Austin (1999).

SIAM Activities:
Member of the editorial board, SIMAX (2013–2015);
SIAM invited speaker, Joint Mathematical Meetings (2015).

Professional Memberships: SIAM

Research Interests: Applied mathematics, signal processing, statistics, numerical analysis, random matrix theory.


Candidate Statement: This is an exciting time for applied and computational mathematics. Traditional areas (such as numerical analysis and applied PDE) have made and continue to make significant contributions to the practice of science, engineering, and industry. At the same time, younger parts of the mathematical sciences (such as signal processing, machine learning, and statistics) have been steadily increasing in importance.

One of the great opportunities for SIAM is to promote both the younger and older branches of our field and to establish a rapport between them, both in our research and educational programs. I also think it is important to support the careers of younger scientists so that we can establish the next generation of leaders in our field.

At the same time, we face a few serious challenges, such as the decline in federal research funding and the maintenance of our journals as publishing models evolve.

With these opportunities and challenges in mind, I am grateful for the opportunity to help address them as a candidate for the SIAM Council.

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Thaleia Zariphopoulou

Professional Experience:

Academic Positions Visiting Positions

Education: Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, Brown University, 1989; M.S. Applied Mathematics, Brown University, 1985; B.A. Electrical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 1984.
SIAM Activities:
Editor, SIAM Series in Financial Mathematics (2015- );
Member of Editorial Board of SIAM Series in Financial Mathematics (2013-2014);
Member of SIAM News Editorial Board, (2012-2014);
Member of SIAM Fellows selection committee (2013-2014);
Member of SIAM Junior Prize Committee (SIAG – Financial Mathematics), 2012;
SIAM Fellow (2012- );
SIFIN, Associate Editor ( 2010-);
Vice-Chair , SIAM Activity Group (SIAG) of Financial Mathematics and Engineering (2007-2008);
Member of the Organizing Committee of the SIAM 2009 Annual Meeting;
Member of Scientific Committee of the SIAM Conference in “Financial Mathematics and Engineering”, Rutgers University, 2008;
Member of Scientific Committee of the SIAM Conference in Financial Mathematics and Engineering, Boston, 2006;
SICON - Associate Editor, 2004-present

Professional Memberships:American Mathematical Society, Association of Women in Mathematics, Bachelier Finance Society (President (2006-2008) and Vice-President (2004-2006)), Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Research Interests: Stochastic Optimization, Financial Mathematics.


Candidate Statement: Despite its important contributions to scientific and technological advancement in both academia and industry, Applied Mathematics does not receive the attention and support it deserves. Educators and researchers face problems with quality of students and programs, research funding, labor mobility, compensation and resource availability. Increasing the support for Applied Mathematics and improving the visibility of the field are ubiquitous tasks. What makes these tasks more pressing is the current and fast progress in technology, information, medicine, biology, business, energy and other fields, which demands ever higher technical and quantitative expertise and talent. New research directions are being defined and new interdisciplinary fields are being created. The need for innovative cross-areas research and new educational and training programs has never been greater.

Applied Mathematics has a very important and critical role to play. SIAM offers the ideal environment for developing and supporting new initiatives and promoting, at the same time, the presence and value of Applied Mathematics.

I would be honored to be a member of the SIAM Council.

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