Candidate Profiles

[President Elect] [Vice President at Large] [Secretary] [Board of Trustees | Council Members-at-Large]



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, 2014 through December 31, 2014
President – January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016
Past President – January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017


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 Addresing, 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”


L. Pamela Cook

Professional Experience: Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences (1989-present); Affiliated Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering (2005-present); Associate Dean of Engineering (2003-present), University of Delaware. 

Previous positions: Associate Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware (1983-89); Long-term visitor, Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications (Fall 2004 and 2009) and Department of Mathematics, University of Minnesota (Fall 2004); Associate Dean for Research and Planning, College of Arts and Science, University of Delaware (2000-01); Chair (1992-2000) and Interim Chair (1991-92), Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware; Visiting Associate Professor (NSF Visiting Professorship for Women), Mathematics Department, University of Maryland, College Park (1987-88); Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics, California Institute of Technology (1977-78); Associate Professor (with tenure), Assistant Professor (1975-80), Adjunct Assistant Professor (1973-75), Mathematics Department, UCLA (1980-83); Instructor and Research Associate, Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and Department of Mathematics, Cornell University (1972-73); N.A.T.O. Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands (1971-72).

Education: Ph.D. and M.S. in Applied Mathematics, Cornell University; B.A. in Mathematics, University of Rochester.

SIAM Activities: SIAM Vice President for Publications (2012-2013); Editor-in-Chief (2002-08) and Member, Editorial Board (2000-present), SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics; Member, Editorial Board SIREV Research Spotlights section (2010-present);
SIAM Secretary (2006-2011); Member, SIAM Student Travel Awards Committee (2003); Member, Major Awards Committee (2000-2002); Member, Selection Committee, Julian D. Cole Lecture Award (2001-02); Member, Editorial Board, Book Reviews, SIAM Review (1999-2002); Member, SIAM Council (1995-97; 1992-94).

Professional Memberships: SIAM (Fellow of SIAM), AAAS (Fellow of AAAS), Society for Rheology, AIAA (Associate Fellow of AIAA), AWM, APS, AWIS.

Research Interests: Complex (visco-elastic) fluids (modeling and predictions); nonlinear partial differential equations; asymptotics.

Statement on Issues that SIAM Should Be Addresing, and Directions SIAM Should Be Taking in the Future:
“SIAM is the representative society for all of us in applications oriented mathematics. As SIAM has grown, its structures and activities have evolved. Much of the direct membership involvement now occurs through the SIAGs (SIAM Activity Groups), through regional and  international sections,  and through  student sections.  These activities and structures have served us very well.

“SIAM, and its members, are facing opportunities and challenges. Examples are the onset of open access journal articles, the inauguration of massive on line courses (MOOCS), the uncertainties of research funding, the emergence of new cross-disciplinary research, and the need to be more inclusive of women and underrepresented groups.

“My goal is to reinforce what is working well for us while working with you to address these new opportunities and challenges. And, I will enhance opportunities and encourage membership of all industrial and applied mathematicians. These additional SIAM members, these added voices for our society, will strengthen us all in achieving SIAM’s core mission “to build cooperation between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology through our publications, research, and community”.

“As Vice President for Publications I have had the pleasure of working with the SIAM membership, and the SIAM office to support SIAM journals and books. As SIAM secretary, I worked to make the policies and workings of SIAM more transparent and open to the membership.

“I am committed to support SIAM in achieving progress on the issues that face us. That task will require active participation and interaction with all of you, the SIAM members.”




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, 2014 through December 31, 2015


Michael Shearer

Professional Experience: Professor, North Carolina State University (1987-present); Associate Professor, North Carolina State (1985-1987); Assistant Professor, Duke University, (1979-1985); Postdoctoral Fellow, Fluid Mechanics Research Institute, University of Essex, (1975-1978).

Education: D.Phil., University of Oxford, 1976; B.A., University of York, 1972.

SIAM Activities: SIAM Committee on Science Policy (2007-present); SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis (SIMA), Associate Editor (1990-2011), Corresponding Editor (2011-present); SIURO (SIAM Undergraduate Research Online) Associate Editor (2008-present); Member, Organizing Committee, SIAM Conference on APDE (2002, 2004, 2013); Committee member, SIAG-APDE Prize (2008); Chair, SIAG/APDE (2005-6); Vice-chair, SIAG/APDE (2003-4); SIAM Committee on the Annual Meeting (2001-3);
Co-founder, SIAM Activity Group in Analysis of PDE (SIAG/APDE) (2002); Committee for SIAM participation in the Joint Mathematics Meetings (2000-2002); Co-Founder and Faculty Advisor, SIAM Student Chapter, NCSU.

Professional Memberships: SIAM (SIAGs: APDE, DS), AMS.

Research Interests: Nonlinear partial differential equations; dynamics of thin liquid films; granular materials; porous media flow.

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

“The Activity Groups (SIAGs) are a vital part of SIAM. In the capacity of Vice-President at Large, with oversight of the SIAGs, I would promote SIAG practices that have helped energize some SIAGs, such as international activity, broadening participation of members from industry and government labs, and SIAG conferences.”


Daniel Szyld

Professional Experience: Department of Mathematics, Professor (1995-present), Associate Professor (1990-95), Temple University; Department of Computer Science, Assistant Professor, Duke University (1986-90); Institute for Economic Analysis, Associate Research Scientist, New York University (1980-1985).
Education: Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University (1977-1983): M.S. in Mathematics, 1979; Ph.D. in Mathematics, 1983;  Undergraduate studies at the School of Exact Sciences (Mathematics), Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Argentina (1973-1977).

SIAM Activities: Member of the Editorial Board, SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications (2003-2014); Chair, Gene Golub SIAM Summer School Committee (2010-2013); Chair, SIAG/LA, 2007-2009; Member of the Program Committee, SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra (2009) -  Monterey, California; SIAM representative at the Joint Policy Board of Mathematics Committee for the Mathematics Awareness Month (2008); Member of the selection committee for the 2006 award of the Richard C. DiPrima Prize.

Professional Memberships: SIAG/LA, SIAM, AMS, ILAS, AWM, GAMM Activity Group Applied and Numerical Linear Algebra.

Research Interests: Numerical and applied linear algebra; iterative methods for linear systems and (linear and nonlinear) eigenvalue problems; Krylov subspace methods; solution of Matrix equations;
Preconditioning; algebraic Schwarz methods and preconditioners; sparse matrices; nonnegative matrices; Markov chains; asynchronous parallel methods; matrix analysis.

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

“I have been a member of SIAM since 1980. In these thirty plus years, I have seen SIAM grow in stature and in influence, and become the excellent place it is for applied and industrial mathematicians to have as their home. As Vice-President-at-Large I would continue to strengthen the SIAGs and their activities for students. I expect that my experience as chair of a SIAG, as member of several editorial boards and conference committees, and as chair of the Gene Golub SIAM Summer School Committee, will serve me well in this new position. I would particularly encourage more participation of women, and work to expand our international outreach. SIAM has served me well, first as a student, and later as a scientist, through its conferences, publications, and activity groups. I would look forward to making this possible for the new generation as well.”



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

Term:  January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015


Michele Benzi

Professional Experience: Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Emory University (2012-present); Professor (2006-present), Associate Professor (2000-2006), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Emory University; Technical Staff Member, Scientific Computing Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory (1997-2000); Postdoctoral Researcher, Parallel Algorithms Team, CERFACS, Toulouse, France (1996-1997); Researcher, Department of Mathematics, University of Bologna, Italy (1993-1996).

Education: PhD, Applied Mathematics, North Carolina State University (1993); Laurea Degree, Mathematics, University of Bologna, Italy (1987).

SIAM Activities: Editor-in-Chief, SISC Copper Mountain Special Section (2012-present); SIAM Council (2009-present); Associate Editor, SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications (2004-present); SIAM Visiting Lecturer (2006-present); Member, SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize Committee (2013); Conference Co-Chair, SIAM Annual Meeting, Minneapolis (2012); Conference Co-Chair, SIAM Applied Linear Algebra Conference, Valencia, Spain, 2012; SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra: Chair (2010-2012), Vice-Chair (2007-2009), Program Director (2004-2006); SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis (2003-2011); Chair, Applied Linear Algebra Prize Committee (2009); SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (2002-2007); Faculty Co-Advisor, Emory University SIAM Student Chapter.

Professional Memberships: SIAM (Fellow), AMS, ILAS, Unione Matematica Italiana.

Research Interests: Numerical linear algebra; scientific computing; complex networks.

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

“It would be a great honor for me to be able to serve SIAM as Secretary. As a society, we are lucky to have a rich and diversified membership from which to draw candidates for SIAM Office. I look forward to an opportunity to work with other SIAM leaders to identify the best candidates for future SIAM elections, with an eye to maintaining the great quality and increasing the diversity of the body of people representing SIAM at various levels.”


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); Associate 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 – present); I. E. Block Community Lecture Selection Committee, Chair (2012 – present);
Committee on Committees and Appointments, Chair (2012 – present); Major Awards Committee (2012 – present).
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.

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

“Serving as SIAM secretary for the past 18 months has been a rewarding experience and I have enjoyed my new insights into the workings and membership of our society.  SIAM strives to ensure a breadth of representation on its various committees and encourages a mixture of experience and fresh faces. There are typically 40 vacancies to be filled on SIAM committees every year and the simple mechanics of generating and tracking nominations is now well developed.  However there is always a concern that we are not taking full advantage of the range of expertise, experience and abilities within SIAM. The activity groups provide one means for encouraging and developing future leadership that could be exploited further and there is room for other strategies. I would be eager to explore ideas for engaging members in the future of SIAM during a second term as SIAM secretary.”    


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, 2014 through December 31, 2016


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, 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 Addresing, and Directions SIAM Should Be Taking in the Future:

“This is a wonderful time for computational and applied 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 as managing this growth, maintaining the strength of our discipline, responding to new educational modes (such as MOOCs), increasing the involvement of industrial researchers and dealing with shortages in funding and positions. If I were elected to the Board of Trustees, I would work hard to contribute to SIAM’s strength and to address these issues.”


C.T.(Tim) Kelley

Professional Experience: Drexel Professor (2002-present) and Professor (1988-present), Department of Mathematics, North Carolina State University.  Previous positions:  Associate Professor (1983-88) and Assistant Professor (1978-83), Department of Mathematics, North Carolina State University; Postdoc, Mathematics Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1977-78).

Education: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Purdue University; B.A. in Mathematics, Vanderbilt University.

SIAM Activities: Chair, SIAM Board of Trustees (2012-present); Member SIAM Board of Trustees (2011-present); SIAM Compensation Committee (2012-present); Member, SIAM Council (2002-09, 2012-present); Editor-in-Chief and Member, Editorial Board, SIAM Review (2011-present); Member, Editorial Board, Optimization book series (2005-2010; 1999-2003), Fundamentals of Algorithms book series (2003-present); Member, Editorial Board, SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis (2005-present; 1998-2003); Book Editorial Committee (2009-present); Guest Editor, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing special issue for the Copper Mountain Conferences (2000-present); Vice President for Publications (2006-09); Journals Subcommittee (2006-09); Program Committee (2004-09); Editor-in-Chief (2000-04) and Member, Editorial Board (1990-2007), SIAM Journal on Optimization;
Co-chair, Organizing Committee, 2005 SIAM Annual Meeting (2004-05); Council Representative to SIAM Board of Trustees (2003-04); Co-chair, Organizing Committee, 2000 SIAM Conference on Optimization (1999-2000); Vice Chair, SIAM Activity Group on Optimization (1992-97); Co-chair, Organizing Committee, SIAM-Southeast Atlantic Section of SIAM meeting (1995);  Member, Organizing Committee, 1995 SIAM Annual Meeting.

Professional Memberships: AGU; MOS; INFORMS; SIAM (Fellow): SIAG on Computational Science and Engineering, SIAG on Geosciences, SIAG on Optimization, SIAG on Uncertainty Quantification.

Research Interests: Nonlinear equations, optimization, multilevel algorithms, integral equations, optimal control, electronics, bio-medical modeling, radiative transfer and neutron transport, computational chemistry and electronic structure computations, flow through porous media.

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

“SIAM's core missions are to enable the professional development of its members, which we do via publications, conferences, and the SIAGS, and to promote and nurture the profession itself, a job we do with our lobbying efforts, the awards we give, our programs in education, and our membership recruitment. The SIAM board of trustees oversees the financial  health of the society, which, as of today, is excellent.

“Most of SIAM’s income comes from library journal subscriptions. Electronic publishing and the open access movement will change the society’s revenue model significantly, probably within  this decade. Since I joined the board in 2012, the pressure for open access of journal articles has increased, and governments are beginning to require that publishers find ways to provide open access to articles. The funding agencies US and UK are likely to issue regulations very soon. Changes such as these present a major challenge for the board and for SIAM as a whole.  The   board of trustees has responsibility for meeting this challenge and deciding how SIAM will operate in the future.

“SIAM also has opportunities to grow and better serve the community by expanding the coverage of the journals and meetings, creating new journals and SIAGs, and aggressively seeking new members.”



Robert V. Kohn

Professional Experience: Professor of Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University (1988-present).  Previous positions: Deputy Director (1997-2000), Mathematics Department Chair (1991-1992), Associate Professor of Mathematics (1985-1988), Assistant Professor of Mathematics (1981-1985), and NSF Postdoctoral Fellow (1979-1981), all at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.

Education: Ph.D. in Mathematics, Princeton University, 1979; M.Sc. in Mathematics, University of Warwick, 1975; A.B. in Mathematics, Harvard University, 1974.

SIAM Activities: Member, Financial Management Committee, 2012-2014; Member, Board of Trustees, 2011-2013; Member, Major Awards Committee, 2011-2013; Member, Outstanding Paper Prize Selection Committee, 2013; Organizing Committees, SIAM Meetings on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science (co-chair 2010, chair 1997, member 2013, 2004, and 2000); Chair, SIAG on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science, 2008-2010; Member, editorial board of Multiscale Modeling and Simulation (2002-2008); Selection committees for the 2009 and 2010 Von Neumann Lecturer, the 2004 and 2001 Ralph E. Kleinman Awards, and the 2003 Pioneer Prize; Member, SIAM Council (1997-2003); Member, 2nd SIAM Membership Committee (2002-2003); Co-Chair, Mathematics in Industry Project Phase II (1997-1999); Member, editorial board of SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics (1994-1997); Chair, 1st SIAM Membership Committee (1995-1996);  Member, Steering Committee for the Mathematics in Industry Project Phase I (1995-1997).

Professional Memberships: SIAM (Fellow), American Mathematical Society (Fellow), American Physical Society.

Research Interests: Mathematical aspects of materials science; nonlinear PDE and nonconvex variational problems; mathematical finance.

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

“The issues facing SIAM are largely perennial. Does the rapidly-changing publishing environment call for changes in SIAM's journals? How should e-books be priced and marketed? Can we enlarge our membership by serving the community better? Is our audience becoming saturated by too many topical meetings with overlapping scope? Can we do more to encourage students to study applied or computational mathematics and help them to find jobs? Have we maximized the impact of our advocacy in Washington? Can we do more to promote communication between mathematicians within and beyond academia? Should we do more to serve the interests of our international members?

“In principle, the Board of Trustees is responsible for SIAM's management, while the the Council is responsible for its scientific activities and policies. In practice, the distinction is not so clear-cut. Therefore it is important for the Trustees and Council to work together to achieve our common goals.

“SIAM has been my scientific home for almost 35 years. It would be an honor to serve again on its Board of Trustees.”


Randy LeVeque

Professional Experience: Applied Mathematics Department, University of Washington (1985-present); Adjunct position in Mathematics Department; Professor of Mathematics, ETH-Zurich (1990-1991).

Education: PhD in Computer Science, Stanford, 1982; BS in Mathematics, UCSD, 1977.

SIAM Activities: Chair, SIAM Journals Committee (2010-2015); Editorial board member, Fundamentals of Algorithms book series, 2011-2013; Organizing Committee, SIAM CSE 2013; Co-organizer, Gene Golub SIAM Summer School 2012; SIAM Review Survey and Review Section Editor (2003-2005) and Associate Editor (2005-2009); Invited speaker, SIAM Annual meeting 2008;
SIAM Council (2002-2007); SIAM book author

Professional Memberships: SIAM (Fellow, member of SIAG/CSE and SIAG/GS), AMS (Fellow), AGU.

Research Interests: Numerical analysis, nonlinear conservation laws, finite volume methods for hyperbolic PDEs, software development, geophysical applications, reproducible research.

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

“Applied mathematics is rapidly growing and has constantly-increasing overlap with diverse fields of science and engineering.  SIAM has done a great job of thoughtfully expanding the scope of topical journals, conferences, and SIAGs, and we must continue to do so while maintaining the highest quality across the board.

“SIAM journals are a critical revenue source and are currently very successful.  However, many changes are taking place in the academic publishing world and it is essential that SIAM stay ahead of the curve in order to remain viable while at the same time taking advantage of changing technologies to better serve authors and readers.”


Danny Sorensen

Professional Experience: Noah Harding Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University (1989-present); Department Chair of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University (1995-1998 and 2005-2009); Computer Scientist, Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory (1980-1989 - promoted to Senior Computer Scientist May 1989); Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky (1977-1980);

Visiting Positions: TU Delft; MIMS Distinguished Visitor, University of Manchester; University Catholique de Louvain, Belgium; KTH (The Royal Institute), Stockholm; Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque; ICASE, NASA Langley; CERFACS; Thinking Machines Corporation; ACL, Los Alamos National Laboratories; RIACS, NASA Ames; IBM Scientific Center, Bergen; Center for Supercomputing Research and Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Stanford University.

Education: Ph.D., Mathematics, U.C. San Diego 1977; M.A., Mathematics, U.C. San Diego, 1975; B.S., U. C. Davis, (Highest Honors), 1972.

SIAM Activities: Chair, SIAM Activity Group on Numerical Linear Algebra (2013-present); Member, Editorial Board for Fundamentals of Algorithms Series, SIAM Publications, Associate Editor, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (1982-1990),
Chair of Organizing Committee, SIAM Annual Meeting, Charlotte, SC, 1995.

Professional Memberships: SIAM (Fellow, SIAG/LA, SIAG/CSE).

Research Interests: Numerical Linear Algebra; Numerical Analysis; Model Order Reduction of Linear and Nonlinear Dynamical Systems, Numerical Optimization; Parallel Numerical Algorithms.

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

“I have been a member of SIAM since 1977.  SIAM has been a professional lifeline for me throughout my career and I am anxious to now serve this community as a council member. SIAM is a great organization already and I do not envision profound changes. However, I would like to help SIAM in its efforts to reach out beyond the scientific community to educate the general public and most importantly our congressional leaders on the importance of mathematics to the development of the technology that enhances modern society. The benefits of our research and development have been profound and promise to play an ever increasing role in all aspects of human endeavor. We need to explain and emphasize that the payoff for money spent on our research has been and will continue to be astounding.  SIAM is in a unique position to achieve this.”


Philippe Toint

Professional Experience: Vice-rector for Research and IT Strategy, University of Namur  (2011-present); Professor of Mathematics, University of Namur  (1993-present); Department Head, Mathematics, University of Namur (2006-2009); Director, University of Namur Computing Services (2000-2002); Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Namur (1987-1993); Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Namur (1979-1987).

Education: Ph.D., University of Namur and Cambridge (UK), 1978; Masters in Mathematics, University of Namur, 1974; B.S, 1972.

SIAM Activities: Member, Fellows Selection Committee (2010, 2011); Editorial board member: SINUM (1987-1996) and SIOPT (1989-1995, 2004-2010); Editor-in-chief, MPS-SIAM book series (2007-2009); Vice-chair, SIAG-OPT (2001-2003).

Professional Memberships: SIAM (Fellow), Mathematical Optimization Society (Chair, 2010-present; Vice-chair 2009-2010), IMA (Associate Fellow, 1984-1997), Belgian representative, IFIP TC7, BMS, EMS.

Research Interests: Mathematical optimization, numerical analysis, numerical software, complexity theory, testing environments, data assimilation, weather forecasting, daily mobility, discrete choice models, HPC agent modelling (see also

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

“SIAM is the leading society for applied mathematicians, worldwide.  Its combined openness, its presence in both industry and academia and its excellence make it truly unique and preserving these qualities is a real challenge in today's rapidly changing environment. Of special importance is maintaining the high quality of affordable service provided by SIAM to its members in the US and elsewhere, in particular in terms of conferences, courses and journals.  This last point is especially relevant in a a world  where publishing patterns are likely to change substantially over the coming years, and where the need of a development path for all results in new demands on science and industry.”


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, 2014 through December 31, 2016


Liliana Borcea

Professional Experience: Collegiate Professor of Mathematics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2013-present); Noah Harding Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University (2007-2013); Associate Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University (2001-2007); Assistant Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University (1996-2001); NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Applied Mathematics, Caltech (1996-1997).

Visiting positions: Stanford University; MSRI Berkeley; IPAM UCLA; INRIA Rocquencourt, France; Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris.

Education: Ph.D. in Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics (SCCM), Stanford University, 1996; M.S. in Applied Physics, University of Bucharest, Romania, 1987.

SIAM Activities: SIAM DiPrima prize selection committee (2011-2012); Chair of SIAM Imaging Science Activity Group (2010-2011); SIAM Imaging Sciences Conference 2010 organizing committee; Chair of the AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky lecture committee (2006-2007) and member of the selection committee (2005-2006); SIAM student travel awards committee (2004); Editorial board of the SIAM Journal  Multiscale Modeling and Simulations and the SIAM/ASA Journal on Uncertainty Quantification; Organizer of numerous minisymposia at SIAM meetings.

Professional Memberships: SIAM, SIAG Imaging Sciences.

Research Interests: Inverse problems, imaging, multiscale problems, stochastic methods with application to wave propagation and imaging in random media.

Statement on Issues that SIAM Should Be Addresing, and Directions SIAM Should Be Taking in the Future:
“In our world of rapidly developing technological discoveries a modern and interdisciplinary approach to science is crucial for dealing with the ever growing scope and complexity of problems. Most areas of science, engineering and medicine are becoming dependent on mathematical and computational methodologies and they require a versatile generation of scientists that can move easily between disciplines. SIAM has played a key role in applied mathematics through its journals, activity groups and conferences. It has important activities such as the student chapters, dissertation and best paper prizes that encourage students to be engaged in research and to pursue careers in applied mathematics. I would like to see SIAM play an even stronger role in attracting students to our field through activities such as summer schools, in guiding the integration of applied and computational courses in mathematics departments, and in evolving applied mathematics curricula to include important areas such as stochastic analysis and statistical computational methodologies.”


Oscar Bruno

Professional Experience: Professor, Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics, California Institute of Technology (1995-present). 

Previous positions:  Professor, Department of Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology (1991-95); Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Minnesota (1989-91).

Education: Ph.D. in Mathematics, New York University.

SIAM Activities: Associate Editor, SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics (1999-present); Associate Editor, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (2012-present); Member of the SIAM Council (2011-present).

Professional Memberships: SIAM (Fellow).  
Research Interests: Partial differential equations – theory, applications, numerical analysis; computational science.

Statement on Issues that SIAM Should Be Addresing, and Directions SIAM Should Be Taking in the Future:
“I suggest it would be highly productive for SIAM to promote and pursue activities that would: 1) Lead to a better understanding by a wide audience -- from undergraduate students to senior  mathematicians -- of the extremely varied landscape of outstanding mathematical problems in science, engineering and industry, with special attention to existing needs for modeling, analysis and computational methods;  2) Help attract some of the best young minds to the fields of applied and computational mathematics by emphasizing the importance, excitement, glamour and drama associated with scientific discovery in areas related to these fields; and 3) To promote a culture of rigor, accuracy and efficiency in the analysis and the development of mathematical models and numerical methods, with the goal of enabling effective and reliably accurate treatment of fully realistic engineering and scientific configurations.”


Angelika Bunse-Gerstner

Professional Experience: Professor of Mathematics, Center for Industrial Mathematics (ZeTeM) at the University of Bremen (1996-present). 

Previous positions:  Vice President for Research and Junior Researchers at the University of Bremen (2007- 2009); Professor of Mathematics, University of Bremen (1991-96); Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, and Postdoc, Department of Mathematics, University of Bielefeld (1978-91).

Education: Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Bremen; Diploma in Mathematics, University of  Erlangen/Nürnberg.

SIAM Activities: Council member (2010-present); Program Committee, SIAM Applied Linear Algebra Conference (2009); Plenary Lecturer, GAMM-SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra (2007); Invited Speaker, SIAM Applied Linear Algebra Conference (2006); Speaker, SIAM Applied Linear Algebra Conference (2003); Member, Editorial Board, SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications (1991-99); Minisymposium Organizer, Fifth SIAM Conference on Applied  Linear Algebra (1994).

Professional Memberships: DMV (German Mathematical Society), GAMM, SIAM, DHB.

Research Interests: Numerical analysis, numerical methods for large scale problems, model reduction, applications in data assimilation and in control, signals and systems.

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

“SIAM has become the strongest, most active and influential society representing applied mathematicians.  Its activities considerably increased the perception of the importance of advanced and new mathematical and numerical methods and of the contribution of mathematicians to solve practical problems. But the appreciation for the work of applied mathematicians still varies substantially across institutions, countries and fields of applications. I would like to see SIAM continue and expand its activities to develop awareness for the essential role of research in applied mathematics in coping with challenging problems of the future.  I would also strongly support SIAM’s international activities and the extension of the successful international co-operation with organizations with a similar goal.”

Henry Cohn

Professional Experience: Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research New England (2008-present); Adjunct Professor of Mathematics, MIT (2010-present); Affiliate Faculty Member, Department of Mathematics, University of Washington (2001-2013); Researcher and Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research Redmond (2001-2008); Postdoctoral Researcher, Microsoft Research Redmond (2000-2001).

Education: Ph.D. in Mathematics, Harvard (2000); S.B. in Mathematics, MIT (1995).

SIAM Activities: Associate Editor of SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics (2005-present); Program Committee of 2013 SIAM Conference on Applied Algebraic Geometry; 2012 Dénes König Prize Selection Committee; 2010 George Pólya Prize Selection Committee.

Professional Memberships: SIAM, AMS, MAA, AWM.

Research Interests:  Discrete mathematics with interests including discrete geometry, coding theory, cryptography, combinatorics, computational number theory, and theoretical computer science.

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

“As a discrete mathematician working in industry, I have found SIAM a wonderful resource and community, and I am excited by the possibility of serving on the SIAM Council.  Two issues facing SIAM that are of particular interest to me are scientific publishing and big data.  (1) How should SIAM react to the serials crisis, open access movement, etc.?  The community needs publishing policies that are sustainable and responsible, taking into account the needs of readers and authors.  SIAM's high-profile publication portfolio puts us in a leadership position here, which we should build on.  (2) As big data becomes ever trendier, how can SIAM take advantage of this opportunity to emphasize the central role of applied mathematics without giving in to hype or endorsing questionable models?”


Michael Heroux

Professional Experience: Member of Technical Staff, Scalable Algorithms Department, Sandia National Laboratories (Principal 1998 – 2006, Distinguished 2006 – present); Scientist in Residence, Saint John’s University, MN (1998 – present); Applied Mathematician, Cray Research, Inc. (Staff member 1988 – 1994, Group leader 1994 – 1998).

Education: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Colorado State University (1989); B.A. in Mathematics, Saint John’s University, MN (1984).

SIAM Activities: Editor, SIAM Book Series on Software, Environments and Tools, (2012 – present); Associate Editor, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (2010 – present); Organizer of many minisymposia at SIAM meetings and conferences (2000 – present); Initiator and first chair of SIAM Activity Group on Supercomputing (SIAG/SC) Career/Junior Scientist Awards (2009);
Chair of SIAG/SC (2008 – 2009); Lead author on SIAM book Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing, (2006); Conference Chair for 2004 SIAM Parallel Processing Conference (2004); Program Director for SIAG/SC (2000 – 2003); Program Committee member for several SIAM Parallel Processing and Computational Science and Engineering conferences.

Professional Memberships: SIAM: SIAG/CSE, SIAG/SC; Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): Distinguished Member, Editor in Chief of ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software.

Research Interests: Parallel numerical algorithms, linear algebra, numerical PDEs, scalable algorithms, mathematical software, high performance scientific computing, mathematics education.

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

I have been a SIAM member for more than 25 years, since receiving a free membership in graduate school (Thanks, SIAM!). From its books and rigorously reviewed journals that contain many seminal and timeless research results, to its conferences where we can learn about the latest unpolished and provocative ideas in the many minisymposia and meet both junior and senior members of the community, SIAM has been the primary conduit for professional relationships and exchange of ideas for my entire professional career.  I want to see SIAM continue to build on its tradition as the central connecting organization for our community, and I want to see awareness of SIAM grow in the broader community. 

“In this era of rapidly evolving media for information exchange, and increased pace of knowledge exploration and development, I want to help SIAM continue to serve our community, by leveraging new media to improve efficiencies, while at the same time retaining quality.  I want to continue improving our efforts to encourage the next generation of members by providing communal experiences that are so important to junior members.  In addition, by using my own connections to the broader community (ACM, national laboratories, international research groups and industry) I want to help SIAM grow its cross-discipline connections.”


Felix Otto

Professional Experience: Director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, Germany (2010-present);  Professor of Mathematics, University of Bonn (1999-2010); Managing director of the cluster of excellence ‘Hausdorff Center for Mathematics’ University of Bonn (2006-2009);  Speaker of the SFB 611 ‘Singular phenomena and scaling in mathematical models’, University of Bonn (2002-2006); Professor of  Mathematics, University of California at Santa Barbara (1998-1999); Assistant Professor (tenure track), University of California at Santa Barbara (1997-1998).

Education: Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Bonn, 1993 (PhD Advisor: Stephan Luckhaus); Diploma in Mathematics, University of Bonn, 1990.

SIAM Activities: Program Director of the SIAM Activity Group on Materials Science for the period 2011-2013; Organizing Committee, Co-Chair, SIAM conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Sciences, Philadelphia, 2013; Organizing Committee, SIAM conference on Analysis of Partial Differential Equations.

Professional Memberships: Gesellschaft Für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik (GAMM), Deutsche Mathematiker Vereinigung (DMV).

Research Interests: Micromagnetics, Coarsening, Stochastic Homogenization, Hydrodynamic Limit, Viscous Thin Films.

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

“In my opinion, SIAM should continue to play a role for applied mathematicians also outside of the US - to their benefit of but also to the benefit of a global perspective for those working in the US. Especially in this respect SIAM's well-run and well-attended conferences are crucial; it is important to keep their high scientific level while being open to new communities. For me, the definition of “applied mathematics” is a broad one; it is important to be stimulated by new experimental insight, for instance, as well as to explore new theoretical concepts and so keep in touch with the rest of mathematics.”


Olivier Pironneau

Professional Experience: Emeritus Professor at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie / Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions (2011- current) and Former Director of the lab (1991-2000) ; Member of French Academy of Science (2003-current) ; President of the French Advisory Committee for High Performance Computing (2007-current) ; Member of Agence National de la Recherche (ANR) committee on Numerical Methods (2009-current) ; President of the Scientific Council of the French program AMIES for mathematics and industry ; Member of the French commission for the security of nuclear waste (1998-2006) ; Team leader of INRIA project MENUSIN (MEthode NUmerique pour les Sciences de l’INgenieur, 1979-1991).

Education: Thèse d’Etat, Université Paris VI, (1976); Post Doc, DAMTP-Cambridge UK (1972-73); Ph.D., UC-Berkeley (1971); M.S. in Mathematical Economy (1969), B.S. in Mathematics and engineering (1968), Ecole Polytechnique.
SIAM Activities: SIAM Activity Group on Financial Mathematics and Engineering; ICCIAM-Sydney Scientific Committee.

Professional Memberships: SIAM, SMAI.

Research Interests: High performance and parallel computing; numerical methods and algorithms for partial differential equations; optimization, optimal control, optimal shape design algorithms; inverse problems in mathematical finance; applications to fluid flows, turbulence, aerospace, porous media and quantitative finance.

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

“Research excellence is priority number one: to help the circulation of ideas is SIAM’s first goal. Yet SIAM is so well organized and influential in the US that it has also a strong impact in Europe and Asia.  Establishing more cooperative research projects with European teams would benefit everyone and similarly with exchange programs for PhD and Master students, possibly by using the SIAM student chapters and the activity groups. Applied Mathematics for Industries is priority number two:  now the time has come to focus of small and medium sized enterprises too.”


Guillermo Sapiro

Professional Experience: Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Computer Science, Duke University (2012-present); Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota (1997-2012); HP Labs (1994-1997).

Education: Postdoc, MIT; Ph.D. (1993), M.Sc. (1991), B.Sc. (1989), Technion, Israel.

SIAM Activities: Founding Editor in Chief, SIAM Journal of Imaging Sciences (SIIMS), served as Editor-in-Chief (2007-2013), bringing the journal to second in the whole area of applied mathematics in impact factor and top 5 in computer science; Vice-President/President of the SIAM Imaging Sciences Activity Group (2003-2005).

Professional Memberships: SIAM (Fellow), IEEE.

Research Interests: Image processing, computer vision, machine learning, medical and biological imaging, geometric differential equations, sparse modeling.    

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

“Critical to the success of SIIMS was its expansion to communities and people not initially involved with SIAM, bringing leaders of such communities to the editorial board and involving them with the SIAM meetings in image sciences. Applied mathematics is so broad that is natural to involve new communities, helping to expand the SIAM family. I will continue working in this direction of integrating new research areas into SIAM. In addition, and with the experience of the electronic-only SIIMS, where we also pioneered a close collaboration with Image Processing Online, another non-profit journal, I will work toward new ideas for making SIAM journals still relevant in today’s world.”

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