Candidate Profiles

 [Board of Trustees | Council Members-at-Large]

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, 2015 through December 31, 2017

Kathryn. E. Brenan W. M. (Bill) Coughran, Jr.
Russel Caflisch Mary Ann Horn
Rene Carmona Tamara G. Kolda


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, 2015 through December 31, 2017

Raymond Chan Geoffrey McFadden
Vladimir Druskin Padma Raghavan
Omar Ghattas Ronnie Sircar
Rachel Kuske Hongkai Zhao


Board of Trustees

Kathryn. E. Brenan

Professional Experience: Senior Project Engineer, National Systems Group, The Aerospace Corporation. Previous Positions: Member of the Technical Staff, 1978. Senior Engineering Specialist, 1991, Engineering & Technology Group, Aerospace Corporation; Adjunct Lecturer in Dept of Mathematics, UCLA (7/85 – 12/86)

Education: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics/Numerical Analysis, UCLA; M.S. Applied Mathematics, Purdue University; B.S. Mathematics, Bucknell University

SIAM Activities: SIAM Board (2012-2014); Industry Minisymposium Organizer for 2013 SIAM Annual Meeting; SIAM Council (2 terms: 1996 – 2001); SIAM representative to Joint Committee on Women in the Mathematical Sciences (2007-2009); SIAM Diversity Committee (2007-2009); SIAM book & journal author; Industry Panel member for SIAM 2010 Conference on Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures; Co-organizer, Optimization and Differential-Algebraic Equations Minisymposiums, 1996 SIAM Conference in Optimization; SIAM Career Fair representative for Aerospace Corp; Organizer, Minisymposium on Trajectory Optimization, 1992 SIAM Annual Meeting; Referee for SIAM journals; Invited minisymposium talks & contributed sessions for SIAM meetings; Profile on Joint AMS-SIAM Project Nonacademic Career Opportunities in Mathematics; Mentoring activities include co-organizing an annual program at Aerospace for the George Washington Summer Program for Women in Mathematics and speaking at graduate student seminars or SIAM student chapters; SIAM Member: 1982 – present

Professional Memberships: SIAM, SIAG on Optimization; SIAG on Imaging Science; AWM

Research Interests: development of numerical algorithms for solving problems arising in industry; signal & image processing; differential-algebraic equations, trajectory optimal control; optimization; numerical linear algebra; numerical integration; Monte Carlo simulation; statistics & data analysis; Favorite matrix: Block Toeplitz, Toeplitz Blocks

Statement on Issues that SIAM Should Be Addressing, and Directions SIAM Should Be Taking in the Future:

“My career as an industrial mathematician has been shaped by my work at The Aerospace Corporation, which operates a nonprofit Federally Funded Research and Development Center for the U.S. government. I have strived to solve real-world problems of interest to my customers in the defense and national security arenas thru the development and application of numerical algorithms. By staying involved with SIAM in a variety of ways over the years, I have been able to foster new connections as well as maintain old connections with other applied mathematicians & computational scientists in academia, industry, and the national labs.  At Aerospace, I have worked to form a community of SIAM advocates by promoting the benefits of the SIAM Corporate membership, distributing the SIAM News, and encouraging the hiring of applied mathematicians and computational scientists.

My passion for SIAM, its members and its activities, was born during my graduate school days when I first delved into the study of differential-algebraic equations. I was charmed by the inclusiveness of the SIAM members, namely SIAM’s diversity that enveloped students, professors, researchers, and industry practitioners all together.

I would like to continue to serve SIAM members by working as a member of the SIAM Board of Trustees and associated committees. If re-elected, I promise to work with the Board and the Council members to insure financial & operational decisions are guided by SIAM’s mission in applied mathematics and computational science: “to advance research and applications, to foster communication among mathematicians, engineers, and scientists, to build this community, and to support the next generation.”    

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Russel Caflisch

Professional Experience: Director, Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics (IPAM), (2008-present); Professor of Mathematics, UCLA (1989-present); Professor of Mathematics, Courant Institute, New York University, (1988-1989); Associate Professor, Courant Institute, New York University (1984-1988), Assistant Professor, Courant Institute, New York University (1984); Assistant Professor, Stanford University (1979-1983); Visiting Member, Courant Institute, New York University, (1979)

Education: Ph.D. in Mathematics, Courant Institute, New York University, 1978; M.S. in Mathematics, Courant Institute, New York University, 1977; B.S. in Mathematics, Michigan State University, 1975

SIAM Activities: Editorial Board member, SIAM News (2013-present); Editor-In-Chief, SIAM Multiscale Modeling and Simulation (2007-2013)

Professional Memberships: SIAM (Fellow), AMS (Fellow), APS, American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Research Interests: PDEs, fluid and plasma dynamics, kinetic theory, epitaxial growth, financial mathematics, Monte Carlo methods, multi-scale methods

Statement on Issues that SIAM Should Be Addressing, and Directions SIAM Should Be Taking in the Future:
“This is a wonderful time for mathematics and for SIAM. The involvement of math in science, technology and other disciplines is growing rapidly and SIAM plays a central role in this growth. SIAM faces a number of issues, such maintaining the strength of our journals, responding to new educational modes, encouraging the involvement of industrial researchers and dealing with decreases in funding. As editor of a SIAM journal and director of a math institute over the last 6 years, I’ve been addressing some of these issues. I would be honored to serve on the Board of Trustees for SIAM.”

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Rene Carmona

Professional Experience: Paul M. Wythes ’55 Professor of Engineering and Finance, Department of Operations Research & Financial Engineering, and Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Director of Graduate Studies of the Bendheim Center for Finance (2002-present) and Associate Member of the Department of Mathematics, Princeton University (1995-present)

Past positions: Professor, UC Irvine (1984-95); Associate Professor, UC Irvine (1983-84); Assistant Professor, UC Irvine (1982-83); Visiting Professor, UC Irvine (1981-82); Professeur, University of Saint Etienne (1979-1981); Assistant Professor, University of Aix-Marseille II (1969-1978)

Visiting positions: Nice & INRIA Sophia-Antipolis (2010); Paris Dauphine (2002 & 2008); VIV IMA Minneapolis (2004); Paris Sorbonne (2001); Aarhus (1982); I.H.E.S. (1981); Princeton University (1978 & 1981); Cornell University (1976)

Education: Agregation of Mathematics, Paris, June 1969; Thèse d'Etat in Probability, Marseille, June 1977

SIAM Activities: Co-Editor-in-Chief of SIAM Journal on Financial Mathematics (2008-present); Organizing Committee SIAM Annual Meeting 2012; Co-Organizer, SIAM conferences on Financial Mathematics (Boston 2006, New Brunswick 2010); Creation of SIAM Activity Group on Financial Mathematics (2002) and SIAM Journal on Financial Mathematics (2008)

Professional Memberships: SIAM (Fellow), AMS, IMS, Bachelier Society, IMA Board of Governors (2010-present)

Research Interests: mathematical analysis of stochastic models; statistical and computational data analysis; financial mathematics; and environment economics

Statement on Issues that SIAM Should Be Addressing, and Directions SIAM Should Be Taking in the Future:

“I was a SIAM member long before moving to the US in the 1980s. With name recognition and worldwide visibility, SIAM is the ideal platform for promoting applied mathematics. It would be a privilege to have the opportunity to serve and help the society enhance its leadership role in academia, the industry, government, and sister organizations around the world. I will work to help SIAM take on a more global role, grow SIAM's national and international membership, overall visibility, and leadership position to serve the entire mathematics profession. SIAM will continue to play a leading role in fostering collaborations between all users of mathematics, from students to teachers to professional scientists, because of the exceptional quality of its conferences and publications. While searching for increased participation in all SIAM activities, I plan to ensure that SIAM remains a beacon for scientific integrity and research ethics. I will leverage the grassroots structure of the Student Chapters and Activity Groups to facilitate new initiatives in emerging areas (including, but not limited to, stochastic numerics, big data, computational statistics and machine learning, energy and the environment, etc.). In addition, I am eager to help position SIAM to embrace the social media revolution and the new paradigms of information dissemination.”

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W. M. (Bill) Coughran, Jr.

Professional Experience:Partner, Sequoia Capital (2011-present); various positions at Google (2003-2011) with last title being SVP Research and Systems Infrastructure; CEO and co-founder, Entrisphere (2000-2002; various positions at Bell Labs (1980-2000) including Computing Sciences Research Center Vice President; adjunct and visiting positions at Duke University, ETHZ, and Stanford University

Education: PhD and MS in Computer Science, Stanford University; MS and BS in Mathematics, California Institute of Technology

SIAM Activities:Editorial board, SIAM Frontiers in Applied Mathematics book series, 1987-1993; SIAM Editorial Advisory Board, 1991-1993; Editorial board, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, 1992-1997; Co-chair, Organizing Committee, SIAM Annual Meeting, Stanford University, July 14-18, 1997; SIAM Task Force on Scientific Computing, 1997-2000; Organizing Committee, SIAM Annual Meeting, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, July 10-14, 2000

Professional Memberships: IEEE, SIAM

Research Interests: large-scale distributed systems, cybersecurity, machine learning

Statement on Issues that SIAM Should Be Addressing, and Directions SIAM Should Be Taking in the Future:

“Computational and applied mathematics play an important role in technology companies but the growth has moved from traditional manufacturing sectors (such as aerospace and automotive) to information and service businesses. The flood of data coming from sensor networks (such as smart phones) and Internet services have created new opportunities in machine learning and data analysis systems. SIAM plays a role here but could play a larger role, better spanning the gulf between the academe and industry, between mathematics and computer science. Finally, the Internet has trained more and more people to expect media to be free so SIAM needs to plot a strategic course for the future of its professional journals.”


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Mary Ann Horn

Professional Experience: Adjoint (Non-Resident) Professor, Department of Mathematics, Vanderbilt University (September 2010-present) and Program Director, Division of Mathematical Sciences, National Science Foundation (September 2004-present). Previous positions: Research Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Vanderbilt University (September 2007-2010), Associate Professor (1999-2007) and Assistant Professor (1994-1999), Department of Mathematics, Vanderbilt University; Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota (1993-1995); Research Associate, Institute for Mathematics & Its Applications, University of Minnesota (1992-1993)

Education: Ph.D. and M.S. in Applied Mathematics, University of Virginia; B.S. in Mathematics (Chemistry Option), The Pennsylvania State University

SIAM Activities: SIAM Board (2009-2014); Member, Nominating Committee, Control & Systems Theory SIAG (2011); Member, Organizing Committee, SIAM Conferences on Control and Its Applications (2011; 2009; 2005); Organizer, Minisymposium on Control Challenges in the Understanding of Infectious Disease, SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications (2009); Organizer, Minisymposium on The Role of Control in Biological Networks, SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications (2009); Organizer, Minisymposium on Modeling and Control of Distributed Parameter Systems, SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications (2005); Member, Editorial Board, SIAM book series on Advances in Design and Control (2003-06); Chair, Selection Committee, SIAG/CST Prize (2001);Vice Chair, SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory (1999-2001); Co-Organizer, Minisymposium on Applications of Control Theory, SIAM Annual Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri (1996)

Professional Memberships: AMS; AWM; SIAM (SIAG/CST, SIAG/LS); Society for Mathematical Biology

Research Interests: control of distributed parameter systems; optimal control; nonlinear analysis; partial differential equations; applications in the biological sciences and medicine

Statement on Issues that SIAM Should Be Addressing, and Directions SIAM Should Be Taking in the Future:

“SIAM continues to use the Society’s voice to support the interaction of the mathematical sciences and other disciplines, promoting connections with industry, and encouraging collaborations. Often the most challenging mathematical problems arise at the intersection between the mathematical sciences and other fields. With the emergence of more and more interdisciplinary problems that require understanding a variety of issues such as the integration of knowledge at different time and spatial scales, the complex dynamics of physical and living systems, and challenges related to sustainability, the mathematical, statistical, and computational sciences will play a critical role in answering cutting-edge questions in many areas.

In addition to research challenges, SIAM should be an advocate of interdisciplinary training. The next generation of scientists who will not simply work within the mathematical sciences, but who will pursue the questions at the boundaries in collaboration with other areas of science will benefit from learning a common language and understanding the challenges involved in collaborative and interdisciplinary work, whether they work in academia or industry. Providing students at all levels opportunities to see the wide variety of fascinating problems that can be addressed using mathematical concepts is critical to convincing students to pursue careers that build on a solid mathematical foundation.

Finally, dissemination to the mathematical community, other scientific communities, and the public always presents challenges.  SIAM journals have always been considered to be a great resource, but SIAM should be a leader in addressing issues that arise in this electronic age, including how to keep publication standards high and how to fight against plagiarism.  SIAM must also continue and strengthen its goals of teaching the public how the mathematical sciences provide many of the necessary tools to understand problems in engineering and the physical and biological sciences, as well as the relevance of the mathematical sciences to so many things that are taken for granted every day.”

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Tamara G. Kolda

Professional Experience: Distinguished Member, Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories (2010-present). Previous position: Principal Member, Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories (2002-2010); Senior Member, Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories (1999-2002); Householder Postdoctoral Fellow in Scientific Computing, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1997-1999)

Education: Ph.D. and M.S., Applied Mathematics, University of Maryland at College Park; B.S., Mathematics, University of Maryland Baltimore County

SIAM Activities: Section Editor, Software and High-Performance Computing, SIAM J. Scientific Computing (2010-present); Editorial Board, SIAM J. Matrix Analysis and Applications (2010-present); SIAM System Oversight Committee (2006-present); SIAM Journal Committee (2014-present); Senior Program Committee, SIAM Intl. Conf. on Data Mining 2014, 2013, 2012; Organizing Committee, SIAM Conf. on Applied Linear Algebra 2012; Chair, SIAG Computational Sciences and Engineering (2009-2010); Editorial Board, SIAM J. Scientific Computing (2004-2010); Program Committee, SIAM Intl. Conf. on Data Mining 2010, 2008, 2006; Member, SIAM Nominating Committee, 2008-2009; Co-Chair, 2008 SIAM Annual Meeting; Vice Chair, SIAG Computational Sciences and Engineering (2007-2008); Secretary, SIAG Computational Sciences and Engineering (2004-2006); Organizing Committee, SIAM Conf. on Computational Science and Engineering 2005; Secretary, SIAG on Linear Algebra (2001-2003); Organizing Committee, SIAM Conf. Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing 2001

Professional Memberships: ACM (Distinguished Member); SIAM; SIAG on Computational Science and Engineering; SIAG on Supercomputing; SIAG on Linear Algebra; SIAG on Optimization; SIAG on Data Mining and Analytics

Research Interests: multilinear algebra and tensor decompositions, network science, data mining, optimization, nonlinear solvers, graph algorithms, parallel computing and the design of scientific software

Statement on Issues that SIAM Should Be Addressing, and Directions SIAM Should Be Taking in the Future:

“SIAM is the premiere international organization for applied mathematicians and computational scientists. SIAM provides unique value to its member by bringing together its academic, government, and industry members; merging theoretical and applied topics; and setting the highest standards for its publications and conferences. The role of the Board of Trustees is to ensure SIAM's financial stability by allocating resources to important programs, such as student travel funds and major prizes, and monitoring the revenue and expenses for operations such as publications and conferences. In my first term on the Board, I have been impressed by the extent of the service of members to SIAM --- the success of our society is due to our active and engaged membership. I hope I can reflect their passion in my own service, and I will dedicate myself towards improving the publication process, advancing SIAM's electronic presence, and encouraging programs to continue to diversify the membership and leadership of SIAM along multiple dimensions.”

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Council Members-at-Large 

Raymond Chan

Professional Experience: Raymond H. Chan ’56. Choh-Ming Li Professor of Mathematics and Department Head (2013-present), Associate Dean of Science (2005-09), Senior Lecturer to Chair Professor (1993-present), The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Lecturer, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (1993) and The University of Hong Kong (1986-92); Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1985-86); Instructor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (1980-81)

Education: PhD, Applied Mathematics, New York University (1985), BSc, First Class Honors, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (1980)

SIAM Activities: Member of the Editorial Board, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (2000-2008) and SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences (2007-present); Vice-President East Asia Section of SIAM (2000-06); Member of SIAM Master Program Committee (2001-04); Organizing Committee Member of SIAM Annual Conference (1997) and SIAM Pacific Rim Dynamical Systems Conference (2000); Program Committee Member of SIAM Conferences on Applied Linear Algebra (2003 and 2009)

Professional Memberships: SIAM (Fellow), AMS, East Asia SIAM and Hong Kong Mathematical Society

Research Interests: scientific computing and image processing

Statement on Issues that SIAM Should Be Addressing, and Directions SIAM Should Be Taking in the Future:
“Being a SIAM journal editor from outside US for the last 15 years, I have witnessed SIAM's spectacular growth to become more and more influential globally. Its journals are of the highest standards in their respective fields and colleages around the world are proud to have their papers published in SIAM's journals. Its conferences are becoming more international too with more being held outside of US and attracting participants from more countries. SIAM is therefore the best place to promote applied mathematics research and raise the public
awareness of applied mathematics globally. It would be my honor to have a chance to serve SIAM in these areas, especially in promoting and enhancing understanding and collaborations between SIAM and other parts of the world

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Vladimir Druskin

Professional Experience: Schlumberger-Doll Research, Cambridge, US 1991-present; Central Geophysical Expedition (CGE), Moscow, Russia, 1979-1991

Education: Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, Ph.D. equivalent in applied mathematics, 1984; Gubkin Moscow Oil and Gas Institute, Moscow, Russia, M.S. equivalent in geophysics,  1979

SIAM Activities: member of SIAM activity groups on Linear Algebra and Geosciences. Co-organizer of minisymposiums at SIAM CSE 2011, CSE 2013, ICIAM 2011, SIAM Applied Linear Algebra 2012

Honors: SIAM Fellow

Research Interests: My research interests include computational geophysics and related aspects of numerical analysis, inverse problems and numerical linear algebra. The complete bibliography list can be found at

Statement on Issues that SIAM Should Be Addressing, and Directions SIAM Should Be Taking in the Future:
“In 1993, soon after moving to the USA from Russia, I joined the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Since then SIAM has been an indispensable part of my career advancement as an industrial mathematician. Reading, publishing in and refereeing for SIAM journals has become an integral part of my professional life. Over the years I enjoyed attending many SIAM conferences where I found great new collaborators and made numerous life-long personal friends.

Undoubtedly, SIAM is the most important organization of applied mathematicians today. However,  since industrial mathematicians like myself are a very rare species in the Society, its industrial component is relatively weak. I believe I possess relevant skills and experience in industry which, if elected, could be of use to help SIAM improve in that area. In particular, one of the main issues is that the  career paths of industrial mathematicians are often less well defined than those of academics. A young mathematician joining industry either thinks of it as a transitory stage towards an academic position, or eventually becomes completely absorbed by the corporate needs. Only a few enjoy the extremely rewarding experience of harmoniously incorporating their industrial problems into the academic research framework. One approach to enable such experiences is to create more joint academic-industrial appointments, like the  postdoc positions at IMA that proved to be very efficient. Following this path, I will work with SIAM to develop the special academic cooperation programs targeted at young and middle career mathematicians working in industry.”

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Omar Ghattas

Professional Experience: The University of Texas at Austin: John A. and Katherine G. Jackson Chair in Computational Geosciences; Professor of Geological Sciences; Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director of the Center for Computational Geosciences, Institute for Computational Engineering & Sciences (ICES); Graduate Faculty, Computational Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Ph.D. program; Professor of Biomedical Engineering (by courtesy); Professor of Computer Sciences (by courtesy); Research Professor, Institute for Geophysics (2005- present)  Carnegie Mellon University: Professor (2001-2005), Associate Professor with Tenure (1998-2001), Associate Professor (1994-1998), Assistant Professor (1989-1994), Civil & Environmental Engineering; Professor (2001-2005), Associate Professor (1994-2001), Biomedical Engineering; Aliated Faculty, School of Computer Science (1993-2005)  Duke University: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Duke University, 1989

Education: Ph.D. and M.S. in Computational Mechanics, Department of Civil Engineering, Duke Uni versity, 1988  B.S.E., Civil Engineering, Duke University, 1984

SIAM Activities: SIAM Journals and Books: Founding Editor-in-Chief, SIAM Book Series on Computational Science and Engineering (2003-2009); Editorial Board, SIAM Book Series on CS&E (2009-present); Associate Editor, SIAM Journal on Scienti c Computing (2005-2011); SIAM book co-author  SIAM Conference Organizing Committees: Computational Science & Engineering 2003 (Co-Chair), 2005, 2013; Parallel Processing 2004, 2006, 2012; Geosciences 2009, 2011; Annual Meeting 2013  SIAM Conference plenary talks: Optimization 2005, Geosciences 2007, Annual Meeting 2014  SIAM Conference Minisymposium Organization: Co-organized over 50 minsymposium sessions, at CSE15, AN14, UQ14, CSE13, UQ12, PP12, CSE11, PP10, CSE09, PP08, CSE07, PP06, AN05, CSE05, CSE04, etc.  SIAM Committees: Founding Program Director of SIAG-CSE (2001-2006); Ad Hoc Committee on Proceedings (2006-2007); Program Committee (2004-2009); Geosciences Prize Committee (2008-2009); Oversight Committee for Gene Golub Summer School Program (2010-2011); Nominating Committee for SIAG-Imaging Science Officer Election (2011); Nominating Committee for SIAG-Geosciences Officcer Election (2012)

Professional Memberships: SIAM (Fellow), American Geophysical Union, US Association for Computational Mechanics, International Association for Computational Mechanics

Research Interests: broadly, computational science, engineering, and mathematics. Specically, research at the intersection of: (1) inverse problems, optimization, and uncertainty quanti cation; (2) parallel algorithms and supercomputing; (3) applications in continuum mechanics, geophysics, and biomechanics.

Statement on Issues that SIAM Should Be Addressing, and Directions SIAM Should Be Taking in the Future:
“SIAM continues to prosper. Its journals, book series, and conferences are thriving and enjoy excellent international reputations for being at the top of their elds. The society has been successful at positioning itself as the home for the interdisciplinary eld of computational science & engineering; the CS&E conference continues to grow rapidly and has now surpassed the Annual Meeting as the largest of any SIAM conference. New conference series such as the one on uncertainty quanti cation attract large numbers of participants even in their rst iterations. SIAM's specialty conferences in geosciences, life sciences, materials, combustion, etc., are regarded as the conferences of choice on the mathematical and computational aspects of a number of science and engineering elds.

More generally, we are living in a golden age of applied mathematics. The societal impact of modeling and simulation (M&S)--and the applied mathematics that forms its foundation has become so fundamental, profound, and pervasive today that it is hard to imagine the design of any product or process that is not being transformed through M&S. Advances in M&S and the applied mathematics and scienti c computing that underlie it|are at the core of numerous technological breakthroughs, from more efficient aircraft and safer automobiles to more accurate weather forecasts, from more powerful electronic devices to ever-taller skyscrapers, from higher-resolution geophysical exploration and medical imaging technologies to more advanced chemical process systems. Similarly, M&S transforming the way that scienti c discovery is being done.

And yet, despite the critical role that M&S and its foundations in applied mathematics play in advancing the health, welfare, and security of our society, the eld largely does not get the recognition and resources it deserves from those who are not directly involved in it neither in government, industry, or academia, nor importantly among the broader public. How can we as an applied math community accelerate our e orts to better educate the varied stakeholders on the critical role of applied mathematics for continued technological and scienti c progress? While there are a number of issues that SIAM faces (such as the future of publishing and education in a rapidly changing world), I believe this is the greatest challenge for SIAM. If elected to the Council I intend to devote myself to this critical cause.

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Rachel Kuske

Professional Experience: Professor of Mathematics, UBC, (2006-present); Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women Faculty, UBC, (2011-present); Head, Department of Mathematics, University of British Columbia (2007-2011); Associate Professor of Mathematics, UBC, (2002-2006);  Chair, NSERC Pure/Applied Math B, Grant Selection Committee (2006-08); American Institute of Mathematics: Assoc. Director for Program Diversity (2006-07); Chair: Assessment of the Working Climate in the Faculty of Science, UBC (2006-07);  Associate Director, Minnesota Center for Industrial Mathematics, University of Minnesota (2001-02), Founding Chair of Association for Women in Mathematics Mentor Network (2000-08), Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Minnesota, (2000-2002), Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of Minnesota, (2007-2000), Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Tufts University, (1996-1997)

Education: Ph. D., Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University, B.Sc., Mathematics, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay

SIAM Activities: Associate Editor, SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics (2005-present), SIAM Council (2011-2014), Associate Editor, SIAM Review (2006-2011), Co-chair, SIAM Conference on Applied Dynamical Systems (2003), Sonja Kovalesky Prize Committee Chair (2006), JD Crawford Prize Committee Chair (2010)

Professional Memberships: Canadian Mathematical Society, Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society, SIAM, Association for Women in Mathematics

Research Interests: stochastic dynamics, modeling in biology, systems with delay, noise-induced phenomena

Statement on Issues that SIAM Should Be Addressing, and Directions SIAM Should Be Taking in the Future:

“SIAM activities encourage interactions across borders of disciplines, fostering collaboration across all areas of science. Likewise, there are a number of directions that further build the scientific community and develop connections globally. Fostering international connections is a critical part of progress, as emerging economies play an increasing role in tomorrow's discoveries. Promoting and strengthening links between industry and academia continues to be an important aspect of innovation. Advancing diversity is a key element in tapping into the broadest possible talent pools. Over the last few years, SIAM has indeed been strengthening its activities in these areas, as can be seen from its increased promotion of cross-disciplinary ventures, international involvement, improved connections with industry, and proactive diversity programs. There is still considerable work to do in these areas, and I hope to play a role in advancing SIAM's efforts in these and other priorities.”

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Geoffrey McFadden

Professional Experience: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Fellow, (2004-present); Leader, NIST Mathematical Modeling Group (1999-2010);
NIST Mathematician (1982-1999); NSF Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Scientist, Courant Institute, New York University (1979-1982)

Education: Ph.D. in Mathematics, New York University, 1979; M.S. in Mathematics,  New York University, 1977; B.A. in Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences, and Chemical Physics, Rice University, 1975.

SIAM Activities: Editorial Board member, SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics (1991 - 2005); Organizing Committees for: SIAM conference on Emerging Issues in Mathematics and Computation from the Materials Sciences (1994), Second SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science (1997), Third SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science (2000, co-chair); Nominating Committee for the SIAM Materials Activity Group (2010); Ralph Kleinman Prize Committee (2013)

Professional Memberships: SIAM (Fellow), American Physical Society (Fellow), Washington Academy of Sciences

Research Interests: differential equations, fluid and plasma dynamics, crystal growth, computational physics

Statement on Issues that SIAM Should Be Addressing, and Directions SIAM Should Be Taking in the Future:

“SIAM plays an essential role in advancing the contributions of applied mathematics to our society, to our institutions, and to us as individuals. We should continue to nurture non-traditional areas of mathematics (and mathematicians) that advance science and technology, as well as to provide rich educational and professional opportunities for beginning and already-established researchers. SIAM has a distinguished history in promoting the interplay between academic, industrial, and government research organizations, and these interactions should be sustained and strengthened through our organization's emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration.”

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Padma Raghavan

Professional Experience: Associate Vice President for Research and Director of Strategic Initiatives (2013-present), Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering (2012-present), Director, Institute for CyberScience (2007-present), Professor (2005-12) and Associate Professor (2000-05) of Computer Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University; Associate Professor (2000-01) and Assistant Professor (1994-00) of Computer Science, University of Tennessee; Research Scientist (1995-00), Oak Ridge National Lab; Post-Doctoral Research Associate (1991-94), University of Illinois

Education: PhD (1991) and MS (1987) Computer Science, The Pennsylvania State; Bachelor of Technology with Honors (1985) Computer Science and Engineering, the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

SIAM Activities: Editorial Board, SIAM Book series on Software, Environments and Tools (2012–present); Editorial Board, SIAM series on Computational Science and Engineering (2009-present); Associate Editor, SIAM Journal of Scientific Computing (2005-2012); General Co-Chair, SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (2011);  General Co-Chair, SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing (2004);  Member of Program Committees: International Conference on Preconditioning Techniques for Large Sparse Matrix Problems,2009; SIAM Text Mining 2009,2007,2006; SIAM Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, July 6-10, 2009; SIAM Workshop on Combinatorial Scientific Computing, 2009. Member of SIAM Committees: Committee on Science Policy (2013-), Supercomputing Activity Group, Nominations Committee 2005, 2009; Committee on Conference Publications, 2006-07; CSE SIAG Nominating Committee, 2012; Committee on Committees and Appointments, 2002-07

Professional Memberships: ACM, IEEE (Fellow), SIAM

Research Interests: parallel sparse matrix and graph algorithms; high performance computing; scalability, energy efficiency, and reliability of scientific computing applications

Statement on Issues that SIAM Should Be Addressing, and Directions SIAM Should Be Taking in the Future:
“SIAM is now globally recognized for our pivotal role in the development of computational science and engineering.  SIAM earned this preeminent status, first, by seeing the potential of this emerging area more than three decades ago, and then, by leveraging established strengths in foundational aspects of applied mathematics and computer science. Today, there are increasing opportunities for advances in science through insights gained from the analysis of data from a variety of sources: simulations, scientific instruments, and networked communities. I would like to serve on the Council to engage with the SIAM community in developing our response to this emerging area, data science, in concert with our established strengths. By recognizing these opportunities and by leveraging our strengths, SIAM can play a critical role in advancing mathematical rigor while gaining recognition as the authoritative entity for informing science policy in the data-rich digital age.”

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Ronnie Sircar

Professional Experience: Department of Operations Research & Financial Engineering (ORFE), Princeton University, Professor (2008-present), Associate Professor (2004-08), Assistant Professor (2000-04). Affiliate member of Program in Computational and Applied Mathematics (2001-present). Department of Mathematics, University of Michigan, Assistant Professor (1997-2000)

Education:Ph.D. in Scientific Computing & Computational Mathematics (SCCM), Stanford University, 1997. M.Sc. in Mathematical Modelling & Numerical Analysis, Oxford University, 1993. B.A. in Mathematics, Oxford University, 1992

SIAM Activities: Founding co-Editor-in-Chief, SIAM Journal on Financial Mathematics, 2008-14. Scientific Committee, SIAM 2014 Annual Meeting. Chair of SIAM Activity Group on Financial Mathematics, elected 2013-15. Previously: Secretary 2007-09; re-elected 2009-11, and Vice Chair 2011-13. Co-organizer of inaugural SIAM-SMAI Workshop on Financial Mathematics in Paris, June 2014. Co-Chair of SIAM FM14 Conference, Chicago, Nov. 2014

Professional Memberships: SIAM, SIAG/FME, SIAG/PDE, AMS, Bachelier Finance Society, IMS

Statement on Issues that SIAM Should Be Addressing, and Directions SIAM Should Be Taking in the Future:

“SIAM has been the bedrock of Applied and Computational Mathematics in the modern world over the past 60 years, and has been adept at embracing new problems and areas including Imaging Science, Financial Mathematics, Uncertainty Quantification to name a few. This flexibility has been its strength, while ensuring the enduring popularity and quality of its journals, books and conferences. It would be a privilege to serve on the Council to help shape SIAM's forward scientific role, while maintaining its traditions. SIAM can be also be an authoritative voice on legislative issues coming from large and high-dimensional datasets and cyber-security, financial and systemic risk regulation, climate change and the environment, and other global challenges that can be informed by mathematical analysis.”

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Hongkai Zhao

Professional Experience: Professor (2007-present), Department Chair (2010-2013),  Associate Professor (2003-2007), Assistant Professor (1999-2003), Department of Mathematics, University of California, Irvine. Gabor Sego Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Stanford University (1996-1998)

Education: Ph.D in Mathematics, UCLA, 1996. M.S. in Mathematics, USC, 1992. B.S. in Mathematics, Peking University, 1990

SIAM Activities: Treasurer for SIAM Southern California Section (2003-present)

Professional Memberships: SIAM

Research Interests: numerical analysis and scientific computing, moving interface problem, inverse problem, medical imaging, image processing and data analysis

Statement on Issues that SIAM Should Be Addressing, and Directions SIAM Should Be Taking in the Future:

“SIAM has been by far the largest and most important professional society for applied and computational mathematicians in the broadest sense. Given the importance of quantitive modeling, analysis and computing in almost every discipline of science and engineering, SIAM can play an even more important role in promoting mathematics and its applications. In particular I would like to see SIAM (1) providing more support, promotion and communication platforms for graduate students and junior researchers, (2) reaching out more to other communities and disciplines to facilitate more collaborations and joint projects cross disciplines, and (3) identifying, introducing and promoting new emerging areas in science and engineering to SIAM community.”

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