2004 SIAM Annual Meeting
Prizes and Awards Luncheon

Prizes, awards, and special lectures are shown in alphabetical order.

I. E. Block Community Lecture

The I. E. Block Community Lecture was instituted in 1995 to encourage public appreciation of the excitement and vitality of applied mathematics by reaching out as broadly as possible to students, teachers, and members of the local community, as well as to SIAM members, researchers, and practitioners in fields related to applied and computational mathematics. The lecture is open to the public and is named in honor of I. Edward Block, a founder of SIAM who served as its Managing Director for nearly 20 years.

2004 Lecturer: Michael B. Ray
ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Title of Lecture: “Mathematical Challenges in the Upstream Energy Business”
Wednesday, July 14, 6:15 p.m.
Oregon Ballroom 201 - Level 3

Michael Ray received his Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences in 1981 from the University of Texas at Arlington for work in iterative methods of the solution of nonlinear partial differential equations. After graduation, he joined Mobil Research and Development Corporation where he was involved in linear and nonlinear solvers for reservoir simulators and developed the solvers used in Mobil's first compositional simulator, COSMOS. He served as the principal investigator and project leader for Mobil's three dimensional, three-phase basin simulator from 1986 to 1994. From 1994 to 1999, Dr. Ray managed Mobil E&P Technical Centers Basin Analysis Group (1994-98) and Mobil's Upstream Strategic Research (1998-99). Since December 1999, he has been responsible for managing ExxonMobil's Upstream Research's Technical Software Development Division with additional responsibility as Upstream Breakthrough Research Manager since early 2004.

Previous Lecturers:

Phillip A. Griffiths (1995) *
Charles Van Loan (1995) *
William F. Ballhaus, Jr. (1996) *
Brian Rosen (1996) *
Joseph B. Keller (1997)
Robert C. Merton (1998)
Richard A. Tapia (1999)
James A. Sethian (2000)
Steven H. Strogatz (2001)
Christoph Bregler (2002)
William J. Cook (2003)

*The I. E. Block Lecture (Phillip A. Griffiths and William F. Ballhaus, Jr.) was merged with the Community Lecture (Charles Van Loan and Brian Rosen) in 1997.

The I. E. Block Community Lecturer receives a $500 honorarium and an engraved clock.

The Richard C. DiPrima Prize

Established in 1986, the prize is awarded to a young scientist who has done outstanding research in applied mathematics (defined as those topics covered by SIAM journals) and who has completed his/her doctoral dissertation and completed all other requirements for his/her doctorate during the period running from three years prior to the award date to one year prior to the award date.

The prize, proposed by Gene H. Golub during his term as SIAM President, is funded by contributions from students, friends, colleagues, and family of the late Richard C. DiPrima, former SIAM President.

2004 Winner: Diego Dominici
University of Illinois at Chicago

Currently: Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics
State University of New York at New Paltz

Citation: For his dissertation, “Asymptotic Analysis of a Data-Handling System and its Generalization," a well-presented thesis on fluid queueing models that shows a mature mastery of the subject area and establishes novel asymptotic analyses of important practical situations using the ray method of geometric optics. The thesis displays applied mathematics at its best: carefully derived and described models and powerful analysis that gives much insight and great application potential in such important practical areas as communication networks.

Diego Dominici received his B.S. and M. S. degrees in Pure Mathematics from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He earned his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Chicago under the direction of Charles Knessl, Professor of Applied Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. Dr. Dominici's research interests include asymptotic methods, perturbation methods, special functions, orthogonal polynomials, partial differential equations, difference equations, stochastic models, inverse functions, and symbolic computation.

Previous winners:

Mary E. Brewster (1988)
Anne Bourlioux and Robin Carl Young (1992)
Stephen Jonathan Chapman (1994)
David Paul Williamson (1996)
Bart De Schutter (1998)
Keith Lindsay (2000)
Gang Hu (2002)

There was no award given in 1990.

The winner of the Richard C. DiPrima Prize receives $1,000 and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate.

The AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture

Established in 2002, this lecture is to be given annually at the SIAM Annual Meeting. The lecture is intended to highlight significant contributions of women to applied or computational mathematics.

2004 Lecturer: Joyce R. McLaughlin
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Citation: This special lecture recognizes significant contributions of women to applied or computational mathematics. This year's lecturer, Joyce McLaughlin, was chosen for her significant contributions to the area of applied inverse problems as well as for her clear exposition that conveys the excitement of her work to students and colleagues alike.

Joyce McLaughlin is the Ford Foundation Professor of Mathematics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has been chosen as a speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians. She is author of dozens of articles on solutions of inverse problems, in diverse areas of applications that include acoustics, solid mechanics, and biology. Her mathematical contributions deal with reconstructing models from nodal data.

It is appropriate that the Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer also be someone who has worked to advance the roles of women in applied mathematics. Joyce has served as a mentor to women, both individually and as a community. She has been active in fostering the careers of women in mathematics through the Joint Committee on Women in the Mathematical Sciences and through the Association for Women in Mathematics. Through her service to the profession, including service as member and Chair of the SIAM Board of Trustees, she has demonstrated the leadership potential of women in mathematics.

Title of Lecture: “Interior Elastodynamics Inverse Problems: Creating Shear Wave Speed
Images of Tissue”
Tuesday, July 13, 3:00 p.m.
Oregon Ballroom 201 - Level 3

Joyce R. McLaughlin received her B.S. from Kansas State University, her M.S. from University of Maryland, and her Ph.D. from University of California, Riverside, all in mathematics. In 1978, she became Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1987 and Professor in 1989. She is currently Ford Foundation Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at RPI. Her visiting professorships include Cornell University, University of California, Berkeley, and Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.

Previous winners:

Linda R. Petzold (2003)

The AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer receives a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate signed by the Presidents of AWM and SIAM.

Outstanding Paper Prizes

The prizes, first awarded in 1999, are given for outstanding papers published in SIAM journals during the three years prior to the year of the award. Papers are selected for their originality: they bring a fresh look at an existing field or open up new areas of applied mathematics. 2004 Winners:

"Ideal Binary Clutters, Connectivity, and a Conjecture of Seymour"
SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2002


Gérard Cornuéjols
Carnegie Mellon University

Bertrand Guenin
University of Waterloo, Canada

"Convergence of Viscosity Solutions for Isothermal Gas Dynamics"
SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis, Vol. 34, No. 3, 2002


Feimin Huang
Academia Sinica, Beijing, China

Zhen Wang
City University of Hong Kong, China

"A Domain Decomposition Method for Advection-Diffusion Processes with Application to Blood Solutes"
SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, Vol. 23, No. 6, 2002


Alfio Quarteroni
Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Alessandro Veneziani
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Paolo Zunino
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Outstanding Paper Prizes winners receive a cash prize of $500.

George Polya Prize

The George Polya Prize, established in 1969, is given every two years, alternately in two categories: (1) for a notable application of combinatorial theory; (2) for a notable contribution in another area of interest to George Polya such as approximation theory, complex analysis, number theory, orthogonal polynomials, probability theory, or mathematical discovery and learning. In 2004, the George Polya Prize is given for a notable application of combinatorial theory.

2004 winners: Neil Robertson
The Ohio State University

Paul Seymour
Princeton University

Citation: The 2004 George Polya Prize is awarded jointly to Neil Robertson and Paul Seymour for their magnificent proof of the Wagner Conjecture in the theory of graph minors. Given any infinite sequence of finite graphs, the conjecture states that there are always two graphs in the sequence such that the first is a minor of the second. The Robertson-Seymour proof of this simply stated result is a true tour-de-force spanning twenty important research papers and providing a structural characterization of finite graphs that has deep and far-reaching consequences.

Neil Robertson is Professor in the Mathematics Department at The Ohio State University. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Manitoba and his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo. In 1969, he joined the faculty of The Ohio State University, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1972 and Professor in 1984. He was a consultant with Bell Communications Research from 1984 to 1996. He has held visiting faculty positions in many institutions, most extensively at Princeton University from 1996 to 2001, and most recently at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, in 2002.

Paul Seymour received his B.A., M.Sc., M.A. and D. Phil. from Oxford University. He joined the faculty of The Ohio State University in 1980 and has since taught at Rutgers University and the University of Waterloo. From 1984 to 1996, he was a member of the technical staff and senior scientist at Bellcore. In 1996, he joined the faculty of Princeton University, where he is currently Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Director of Graduate Studies in the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics.

Previous winners:

R. L. Graham, K. Leeb, B. L. Rothschild, A. W. Hales, R.I. Jewett (1971)
R. P. Stanley, E. Szemeredi, R. M. Wilson (1975)
L. Lovasz (1979)
A. Bjorner, P. Seymour (1983)
A. C. Yao (1987)
G. Kalai, S. Shelah (1992)
G. Chudnovsky, H. Kesten (1994)
J. N. Kahn, D. Reimer (1996)
P. Deift, Xin Zhou, P. Sarnak (1998)
N. Alon (2000)
C. A. Tracy, Harold Widom (2002)

The Polya Prize consists of a $20,000 cash award (to be shared by this year's recipients) and an engraved medal.

W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize

The W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize in Mathematics was established by SIAM in 1993 to recognize outstanding work in, or other contributions to, the broadly defined areas of differential equations and control theory. The prize, given annually, may be awarded either for a single notable achievement or a collection of such achievements. The prize fund was endowed by the late Mrs. Idalia Reid to honor her husband.

2004 Winner: Arthur J. Krener
University of California, Davis

Citation: The W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize is awarded to Arthur J. Krener for fundamental contributions to control and estimation of nonlinear dynamical systems and stochastic processes.

Title of Lecture: "Control Bifurcations: How a Nice Control System Can Go Bad"
Monday, July 12, 3:00 p.m.
Oregon Ballroom 201 - Level 3

Arthur J. Krener received his B.S. degree from Holy Cross and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, all in mathematics. Since 1971, he has been at the University of California, Davis, where he is currently Distinguished Professor of Mathematics. He has held visiting faculty positions at Harvard University, University of Rome, Imperial College of Science and Technology, NASA Ames Research Center, University of California, Berkeley, University of Paris IX, University of Maryland, University of Newcastle, and University of Padua.

Previous winners:

Wendell H. Fleming (1994)
Roger W. Brockett (1996)
Jacques-Louis Lions (1998)
Constantine M. Dafermos (2000)
Eduardo D. Sontag (2001)
H. Thomas Banks (2002)
Harold J. Kushner (2003)

Please note: The Reid Prize was awarded every other year until 2000.

The W.T. and Idalia Reid Lecturer receives $10,000 in cash and an engraved medal.

SIAM Award in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling

The SIAM Award in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), established in 1988, is awarded to two of the teams judged as “Outstanding” in the annual MCM. One winning team of students is chosen for each of the problems posed in the MCM.

2004 Winners: Problem A, The Continuous Problem, “Are Fingerprints Unique?”
Harvey Mudd College
Department of Mathematics
Claremont, CA

Students: Steven Avery, Eric Harley, Eric Malm
Faculty Advisor: Professor Jon T. Jacobsen

Problem B, The Discrete Problem, “A Faster Quickpass System”
University of Colorado at Boulder
Department of Applied Mathematics
Boulder, CO

Students: Moorea Brega, Alejandro Cantarero, Corry Lee
Faculty Advisor: Professor Bengt Fornberg

Lectures will be presented in a session on Student Day, Tuesday, July 13, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room C124.

Previous winners:

Harvard University (1988)
California Institute of Technology and Harvey Mudd College (1989)
California Polytechnic State University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (1990)
University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and University of Western Ontario, Canada (1991)
Oklahoma State University and Pomona College (1992)
University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and University of California, Berkeley (1993)
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill (1994)
Iowa State University and University of Alaska, Fairbanks (1995)
Pomona College and St. Bonaventure University (1996)
Washington University (St. Louis) and University of Toronto (1997)
Macalester College and Harvey Mudd College (1998)
Harvey Mudd College and Earlham College (1999)
U.S. Military Academy and Wake Forest University (2000)
U.S. Military Academy and Wake Forest University (2001)
University of Washington and Duke University (2002)
California Institute of Technology and University of Colorado at Boulder (2003)

Winning students each receive $800 (prize and travel), complimentary membership in SIAM for three years, and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate for the students’ schools.

SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession

The prize, established in 1985, is in the form of a certificate to be awarded every year at the SIAM Annual Meeting. It is awarded to an applied mathematician who has made distinguished contributions to the furtherance of applied mathematics on the national level.

2004 Winner: Richard A. Tapia
Rice University

Citation: For his extensive and tireless work in mentoring and encouraging minority and female students in mathematics, science, and engineering, as well as for his many contributions to applied mathematics, particularly optimization. He has advised numerous undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students and has influenced countless others through personal contacts, lectures, and presentations to students from elementary schools through graduate schools. We thank him for all of his contributions to the applied mathematics community and for helping to make SIAM a more inclusive organization.

Richard has received dozens of awards and has been an invited speaker at numerous schools and conferences on topics related to excellence in education for minorities and women. Recent honors and awards include an Award for Distinguished Public Service from the American Mathematics Society in 2004 and a special event co-sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery and IEEE-Computer Society in 2001 entitled "Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Symposium." In 1998, he received the Lifetime Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1996, Richard was one of the first recipients of the NSF's Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

Richard has been active in SIAM, including serving on the SIAM Board of Trustees from 1990-1992, co-chairing the SIAM 2000 Annual Meeting in Puerto Rico and co-chairing the Second SIAM Conference on Optimization in 1987, and serving in many roles to improve the representation of women and minorities in SIAM. As a testament to his stature in science, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1992, appointed by President Clinton to the National Science Board in 1996, and named 1996 Hispanic Engineer of the Year by Hispanic Engineer Magazine.

Dr. Richard Tapia is Noah Harding Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University. He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has held faculty positions at UCLA and the University of Wisconsin. In 1970, he moved to Rice University where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1972 and Full Professor in 1976. He chaired the department from 1978 to 1983. He is also currently an adjunct faculty member of Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Houston.

Previous winners:

I. Edward Block (1986)
Gene H. Golub (1988)
Avner Friedman (1997)
Margaret H. Wright (2000)
Gilbert Strang (2003)

The Prize for Distinguished Service, previously awarded from time to time, became an annual prize in 2003.

The winner of the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession receives a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate.

SIAM Student Paper Prizes

The SIAM Student Paper Prizes are awarded every year to the student author(s) of the most outstanding paper(s) submitted to the SIAM Student Paper Competition. This award is based solely on the merit and content of the student's contribution to the submitted paper. The purpose of the SIAM Student Paper Prizes is to recognize outstanding scholarship by students in applied mathematics or computing.

2004 Winners: Silas D. Alben
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University

Title: "How Flexibility Induces Streamlining in a Two-Dimensional Flow"

Co-authors: Michael Shelley, Courant Institute, New York University; and Jun Zhang, Department of Physics, New York University

Alfonso Bueno Orovio
University of Castilla-La Mancha

Title: "Spectral Methods for Partial Differential Equations in Irregular
Domains: The Spectral Smoothed Boundary Method"

Co-authors: Víctor M. Pérez García, University of Castilla-LaMancha and Flavio H. Fenton, Hofstra University

Martin Kleinsteuber
University of Würzburg

Title: "Jacobi's Algorithm on Compact Lie Algebras"

Co-authors: Uwe Helmke and Knut Hüper, University of Würzburg

Lectures will be presented in a session of Student Day, Tuesday, July 13, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Room C124.

SIAM Student Paper Prizes winners of the last five years:


Dirk Gillespie
Rush Medical Center, Chicago

Traian Iliescu
University of Pittsburgh

David Lutterkort
Purdue University


Robert Scheichl
University of Bath, United Kingdom

Raphael Hauser
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Jian Deng
Brown University


Rogerio Martins
University of Lisbon, Portugal

Matthew I. Smith
University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Mason A. Porter
Cornell University


Pierre-Antoine Absil
University of Liege, Belgium

Dong Eui Chang
California Institute of Technology

Andreas Wächter
Carnegie Mellon University


Chek Beng Chua
Cornell University

Michiel Hochstenbach
Utrecht University

Melvin Leok
California Institute of Technology

SIAM Student Paper Prize winners receive $1,500 (prize and travel) and hand-calligraphed certificates.

Theodore von Kármán Prize

The Theodore von Kármán Prize, established in 1968, is awarded for a notable application of mathematics to mechanics and/or the engineering sciences made during the five to ten years preceding the award. The award may be given either for a single notable achievement or for a collection of such achievements.

2004 Winner: Roland Glowinski
University of Houston

Citation: For his sustained outstanding contributions to mechanics and applied and computational mathematics, especially in the area of complex problems in fluid mechanics. Many of his contributions are in the spirit of Theodore von Kármán.

Title of Lecture: “On the Numerical Simulation of Incompressible Viscous Flow with Moving or Free Boundary: Applications”
Wednesday, July 14, 3:00 p.m.
Oregon Ballroom 201 - Level 3

Roland Glowinski received his B.S. in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris; his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Ecole National Superieure des Telecommunications, Paris; and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from University of Paris VI. He has been Professor of Applied Mathematics and Chair of the Department of Mathematics (1981-85) at University Paris VI (University Pierre and Marie Curie) and continues this affiliation as Emeritus Professor. His positions in industry have included Scientific Director, INRIA (1970-85) and Director, CERFACS (1992-94). In 1980 he joined the faculty of the University of Houston, where he is Cullen Professor of Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering. He is also currently Adjunct Professor at Rice University and a Consultant for Institut Francais du Petrole.

Previous winners:

Sir Geoffrey Taylor (1972)
George F. Carrier and Joseph B. Keller (1977)
Julian Cole (1984)
Paul R. Garabedian (1989)
Herbert B. Keller (1994)
Stuart S. Antman and John M. Ball (1999)

The Theodore von Kármán Lecturer receives a cash prize of $1,000 and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate.

The John von Neumann Lecture

Established in 1959, this prize is in the form of an honorarium for an invited lecture. The lecturer will survey and evaluate a significant and useful contribution to mathematics and its applications. It may be awarded to a mathematician or to a scientist in another field, but, in either case, the recipient should be one who has made distinguished contributions to pure and/or applied mathematics.

2004 Lecturer: Alan C. Newell
University of Arizona

Citation: In recognition of his pioneering research in nonlinear evolution equations modeling physical systems. His deep analysis and his creative insight into nonlinear waves and patterns have given us new ways to analyze and understand the creation and dynamical behavior of patterns and coherent structures. He has made seminal contributions to the analysis of integrable partial differential equations and turbulence and provided leadership in identifying new approaches to understanding the creation and dynamical behavior of solitons and patterns in optical and fluid systems.

From the very beginning of his scientific career, Alan Newell has been a dominant figure in applied mathematics. He has shaped research areas, built academic programs of international prominence, and promoted the growth of young scientists through his influence as mentor and teacher. The "Newell-Whitehead-Segel equation, Cross-Newell equation, AKNS method" directly connect his name to fundamental ideas in convection, instability analysis, pattern formation, defect dynamics and soliton theory; his many other insights have advanced the understanding of optics, coherent phenomena and turbulence. This award recognizes all of his profound contributions to modern applied mathematics.

Title of Lecture: "Natural Patterns"
Tuesday, July 13, 2:00 p.m.
Oregon Ballroom 201 - Level 3

Alan C. Newell received B.A. (Mod.) degrees in Mathematics and Physics at Trinity College, Dublin, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For over thirty years, he has led and helped to build the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Clarkson University (1971-79), the Applied Mathematics Program at the University of Arizona (1981-85), the Department of Mathematics at the University of Arizona (1985-96), and the Department of Mathematics at the University of Warwick, UK (1996-2000). He is currently Professor of Mathematics and Research Professor of Arizona Research Laboratories, both at the University of Arizona, and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick.

Previous Lecturers:

1960 Lars Valerian Ahlfors
1961 Mark Kac
1962 Jean Leray
1963 Stanislaw M. Ulam
1964 Solomon Lefschetz
1965 Freeman J. Dyson
1966 Eugene P. Wigner
1967 Chia-Chiao Lin
1968 Peter D. Lax
1969 George F. Carrier
1970 James H. Wilkinson
1971 Paul A. Samuelson
1974 Jule Charney
1975 Sir James Lighthill
1976 Rene Thom
1977 Kenneth J. Arrow
1978 Peter Henrici
1979 Kurt O. Friedrichs
1980 Keith Stewartson
1981 Garrett Birkhoff
1982 David Slepian
1983 Joseph B. Keller
1984 Jurgen Moser
1985 John W. Tukey
1986 Jacques-Louis Lions
1987 Richard M. Karp
1988 Germund G. Dahlquist
1989 Stephen Smale
1990 Andrew J. Majda
1992 R. Tyrrell Rockafellar
1994 Martin D. Kruskal
1996 Carl de Boor
1997 William (Velvel) Kahan
1998 Olga Ladyzhenskaya
1999 Charles S. Peskin
2000 Persi W. Diaconis
2001 David L. Donoho
2002 Eric S. Lander
2003 Heinz-Otto Kreiss

The John von Neumann Lecturer receives an honorarium of $2,500 and a hand-calligraphed certificate.

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