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SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession

The prize, established in 1985 and originally intended to be awarded periodically, is now awarded annually for contributions to the advancement of applied mathematics on the national or international level.

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Prize Description


Prize Description

The prize is awarded every year to an applied mathematician who has made distinguished contributions to the furtherance of applied mathematics on the national or international level.


Eligibility Criteria

The prize can be presented to any member of the scientific community who meets the general principal guideline of the prize description.

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to the 2022 recipient, Jim Crowley! Learn more about his accomplishments.

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About the Award


About the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession


The SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession includes a certificate. SIAM will reimburse the recipient for reasonable travel expenses incurred in attending the award ceremony.

Award Date

The SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession will next be awarded at ICIAM 2023.


Award Presentation

The prize will be presented by the SIAM President at the Prizes and Awards Luncheon. The announcement of the award will appear in SIAM News, the SIAM website, and appropriate electronic media.

Prize History



Prize History

Citation

The 2022 SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession is awarded to James Crowley in recognition of his extraordinary dedication to promoting applied mathematics through his work with SIAM, AAAS, and ICIAM.

Selection Committee

Carol Woodward (Chair)
Susanne C. Brenner
Lisa Fauci
Barbara Keyfitz
Susan Minkoff
Michael Ng

Citation

The 2021 SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession is awarded to Deborah Lockhart in recognition of her far-reaching contributions to supporting and advancing applied mathematics and computational science in numerous venues, especially their central role in all of science and engineering. Her dedication and tireless efforts will have a lasting impact on our profession.

Selection Committee

Carol Woodward (Chair)
Susanne C. Brenner
Lisa Fauci
Barbara Keyfitz
Sherry Li
Michael Ng

Citation

The 2020 SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession is awarded to Tony F. Chan for his extraordinary achievements in developing and promoting applied and computational mathematics in general, and imaging science and scientific computing in particular, worldwide. He has made a profound impact on mathematical science worldwide, and has creatively championed the recognition of mathematics by the broad public.

Selection Committee

Carol Woodward (Chair)
Lisa J. Fauci
Nicholas J. Higham
Chen Greif
Gui-Qian Chen
Sherry Li
Michael Ng

Citation

The 2019 SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession is awarded to Maria J. Esteban in recognition of her outstanding contributions to bringing together the mathematics communities in France, Europe, and the rest of the world and helping to bridge the gaps between theoretical mathematics and applications, including applications in industry.

Selection Committee

Carol Woodward (Chair)
Nicholas J. Higham
Lisa J. Fauci
Chen Greif
Arieh Iserles
Gui-Qiang Chen
Sherry Li

Citation

The 2018 SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession is awarded to John Hopcroft in recognition of his outstanding contributions to furthering applied mathematics and computer science, both nationally and internationally.

Selection Committee

Ilse Ipsen (Chair)
Gui-Qiang Chen
L. Pamela Cook
Lori Diachin
Nicholas J. Higham
Arieh Iserles
Simon Tavener

Citation

The 2017 SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession is awarded to Ya-xiang Yuan for his extraordinary achievements in developing and promoting applied mathematics in general and optimization in particular in China.

Selection Committee

Ilse Ipsen (Chair)
L. Pamela Cook
Lori Diachin
Nicholas J. Higham
Arieh Iserles
Simon Tavener
Philippe Toint

2016 Linda R. Petzold
Citation: The 2016 SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession is awarded to Linda R. Petzold for her strong, long-term advocacy for computational science and applied mathematics and for her role in molding national policy in research and education in these multidisciplinary fields. Her work has been accomplished through service on numerous panels and advisory committees at DOE, NSF, CRA and NRC, and on the Scientific Committees of several math institutes and centers. In SIAM, Petzold has served as VP at Large, VP for Publications, and on the Committee on Science Policy. She has also served on a number of editorial boards including as Editor-in-Chief of the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing. Petzold’s efforts have profoundly influenced the high status in which contemporary computational science and applied mathematics are held worldwide.



2015 Carlos Castillo-Chavez
Citation: The 2015 SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession is awarded to Carlos Castillo-Chavez for his extraordinary mentoring that has helped bring numerous underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students at all levels to the mathematical sciences; for his extensive research record in mathematical biology and epidemiology; for his distinguished service on numerous national committees and advisory boards at SIAM, the Mathematics Institutes, US National Science Foundation, US National Institutes of Health, and elsewhere; and for his lifelong commitment to successfully promoting diversity in our community.
2014 Arieh Iserles
Citation: Arieh Iserles, Professor in Numerical Analysis of Differential Equations at Cambridge University, is awarded the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession for his outstanding editorial contributions to applied mathematics. In 1992 he founded Acta Numerica, an annual volume that publishes seminal review articles in numerical analysis and scientific computing, and he has been Editor ever since. Under his guidance and leadership, Acta Numerica has published authoritative articles that are widely read and highly cited, and it has continued to keep pace with rapidly evolving trends in research. Iserles has also made major and long-standing editorial contributions to the Journal of Foundations of Computational Mathematics and the IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis. In all his editorial work, he acts with extraordinary dedication, wisdom and integrity.
2013 Douglas N. Arnold
Citation: Douglas N. Arnold, the McKnight Presidential Professor of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota, is awarded the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession for his many contributions to serving and promoting applied mathematics. As Director of the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA, 2001-2008), Arnold nurtured the IMA's industrial postdoctoral program, raised the profile of the IMA Public Lecture series, and grew the IMA to the largest mathematics research investment in the history of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Arnold is extremely active in representing mathematics nationally and internationally through service on advisory and scientific boards for the NSF, the ICM, ICIAM and other organizations. He has taken a leading role in discussions about citations and journal impact factors and in exposing unethical scholarly publishing behavior. His award-winning 2007 video "Möbius Transformations Revealed" has had over two million views on YouTube. In SIAM, Arnold has made deep and long-lasting contributions during his Presidency (2009-2010) and through his service on the SIAM Committee on Science Policy.
2012 Barbara Lee Keyfitz
Citation: Barbara Keyfitz is awarded the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession for her long-term and pervasive advocacy of applied mathematics in several leadership roles. As the Director of the Fields Institute in Toronto (2004 – 2008), Keyfitz revitalized applied mathematics programming at the Institute with initiatives such as the successful Fields-MITACS Industrial Problem-Solving workshops. The innovative Canada-wide graduate industrial research internship program for students in the mathematical sciences was created by MITACS-NCE while she served on its Board of Directors. The program has since expanded from applied mathematics to cover all disciplines. She was President of the Association for Women in Mathematics (2005 – 2006). In SIAM, Keyfitz served as Vice President for Programs (1998-2003), and was instrumental in forming closer links between SIAM’s US-based and Mexican communities, in particular through the organization of numerous SIAM-SMM conferences. Currently, as President of ICIAM, she is leading applied mathematics globally.
2011 David E. Keyes
2010 Martin Grötschel
2009 J. Tinsley Oden
2008 Philippe Tondeur
2006 Peter D. Lax
2005 Cleve Moler
2004 Richard Tapia
2003 Gilbert Strang
2000 Margaret H. Wright
1997 Avner Friedman
1988 Gene H. Golub
1986 I. Edward Block

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