Colin B. Macdonald of the University of Oxford receives Richard C. DiPrima Prize

August 23, 2010

SIAM is pleased to announce Professor Colin B. Macdonald as the recipient of the 2010 Richard C. DiPrima Prize for his dissertation, "The Closest Point Method for Time-Dependent Processes on Surfaces." His dissertation has made key advances to the Closest Point Method and has significant applications to biology, materials science, computer graphics, and image processing. His research contributes new insights for computing numerical solutions to partial differential equations on general curved surfaces.

Macdonald is a lecturer in numerical methodologies at the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford. His research interests include scientific computing and numerical analysis. He completed his B.Sc. from Acadia University in 2001 and went on to receive his M.Sc. (2003) and PhD (2008) from Simon Fraser University under the supervision of Professor Steven J. Ruuth.

The Richard C. DiPrima Prize was originally proposed by the late Gene H. Golub during his term as SIAM President. It is awarded to a junior scientist who has done outstanding research in applied mathematics and who has completed his/her doctoral dissertation and all other requirements for the doctorate during the period from three years prior to the award date to one year prior to the award date. The prize is based on the candidate's dissertation and is awarded every two years.

The prize is funded by donations from friends, students, colleagues, and family members of SIAM Past President, Richard C. DiPrima. In recognition of his outstanding work, Macdonald received a $1,000 cash award and a certificate. They were presented to him at the 2010 SIAM Annual Meeting, held July 12-16, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



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