Committee on Science Policy


SIAM is committed to promoting the value of research in applied mathematics and in ensuring the application of high quality research results to solving real world problems through industry, government, and other means to benefit society.

Part of SIAM's role is to provide timely information to its membership regarding science policy and funding. SIAM also provides information to policy makers regarding issues of interest to its members when SIAM member's expertise offers something to contribute to the discussions. SIAM maintains links with several organizations whose role is to coordinate science policy or to advocate for science funding. Among those organizations are the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) and the Computing Research Association (CRA).

In addition to these organizations, SIAM maintains its own presence in Washington, D.C. to coordinate governmental affairs. SIAM's representation is supported by Lewis-Burke and Associates, who provides legislative liaison and information on science policy issues.

The SIAM President, in consultation with the SIAM Secretary, shall make the at-large appointments to this committee. Committee membership should reflect the breadth and diversity of SIAM. Committee members should have broad knowledge of SIAM and its members.

Current Members

Current Members


Anne Gelb
Dartmouth College


Marsha Berger
New York University
David Bressoud
Macalester College
David Brown
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
John Burns
Virginia Tech
Margaret Cheney
Colorado State University
Paul Constantine
University of Colorado Boulder
Irene Fonseca
Carnegie Mellon University
Thomas Grandine
Boeing Company
Louis Gross
University of Tennessee
Bruce Hendrickson
Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Hans Kaper
Georgetown University
C. David Levermore
University of Maryland
Sven Leyffer
Argonne National Laboratory
Peter March
Rutgers University
Peter Mucha
University of North Carolina
Linda Petzold
University of California, Santa Barbara
Jill Pipher
Brown University
Padma Raghavan
Penn State University
Peter Turner
Clarkson University
Suzanne Weekes
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Stephen Young
Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory

Ex Officio

James Crowley

Charge and Guidelines


  1. Monitor developments in the federal and/or state governments and in the scientific community of interest to SIAM and its members.
  2. Promote the visibility of the applied mathematics community and of SIAM in the federal government and the scientific community.
  3. Assist the President of SIAM in liaison with the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) and the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS).
  4. At the request of and with the concurrence of the President, respond to external requests for information, advice, recommendations, and nominees for appointments in matters of interest to SIAM.
  5. Inform SIAM membership of pertinent happenings and/or information via SIAM News.
  6. Monitor and set objectives for SIAM supported activities that represent the mathematics and computational communities before government bodies, such as the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM).
  7. Communicate to appropriate parties the views of representatives of SIAM regarding significant issues of science policy.


  1. The committee will consist of three or more members of SIAM, with terms of no more than three years, appointed by the President.
  2. Members of the Committee should be chosen from current or past members of the Council and/or Board of Trustees, current or past officers of the Society, or others who possess expertise on science policy matters of concern to SIAM.
  3. The SIAM President shall be either a member of the Committee or an ex-officio member.
  4. The SIAM Vice President for Science Policy shall chair this committee.
  5. The Committee shall report directly to the President and shall submit reports of its activities to the SIAM Council at each meeting of the Council.
  6. A member of the SIAM staff shall be designated to work with the Committee in collecting and disseminating information. (The Executive Director is the primary point of contact between the staff and the SIAM Committee on Science Policy. The newly appointed Senior Advisor to Washington Policy Office will assist the Committee in gathering information and preparing meetings.)
  7. Members of the Committee and/or Chair may be reappointed.

SIAM Science Policy Fellowship Program

The SIAM Science Policy Fellowship Program enables post-doctoral fellows and early career researchers to be strong advocates for federal investments in applied mathematics and computational science. Three to five fellowship recipients are selected each year to attend the biannual SIAM Committee on Science Policy Meetings in Washington, D.C., interface with federal officials, and participle in an advocacy day on Capitol Hill. Science Policy Fellowships play an important role representing the industrial and applied math community to policy-makers in Washington, D.C.

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