2010 Prizes and Awards Luncheon
SIAM Annual Meeting
July 13, 2010

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.

2010 Lecturer:    Dmitri Tymoczko
                         Princeton University

Title of Lecture:  The Geometry of Music
                         Wednesday, July 14, 6:15 - 7:15 p.m.
                         Spirit of Pittsburgh A

Dmitri Tymoczko is a composer and music theorist and currently Associate Professor of Music at Princeton University.  He grew up playing in rock bands and studying classical piano.  In his university years, he learned to play jazz piano.  After studying music and philosophy at Harvard University, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for graduate work in philosophy at Oxford University.  In 2002, he received his PhD in Music Composition from the University of California at Berkeley.  His compositions have won numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  His book, A Geometry of Music: Harmony and Counterpoint in the Extended Common Practice, is scheduled for publication in December by Oxford University Press.

Previous Lecturers:  

*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.  No   award was made in 2007.

The I. E. Block Community Lecturer receives a $1,500 honorarium and an engraved clock.


Julian D. Cole Lectureship

The Julian Cole Lectureship, established in 2000, is awarded every four years for an outstanding contribution to the mathematical characterization and solution of a challenging problem in the physical or biological sciences, or in engineering, or for the development of mathematical methods for the solution of such problems.

2010 Recipient:    John R. King
                           University of Nottingham, UK

Title of Lecture:    Mathematical Modelling of Tissue Growth
                          Thursday, July 15, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
                           Spirit of Pittsburgh A

Citation: In recognition of his influential contributions to the formulation and analysis of mathematical models of tumor growth..

John R. King is Professor of Theoretical Mechanics in the School of Mathematical Sciences of the University of Nottingham, UK.  He earned his BA in Mathematics in 1983 at Cambridge University and his DPhil in Applied Mathematics in 1986 from Oxford University.  He worked with Julian Cole as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1986 to 1988.  He was Lecturer in the Department of Theoretical Mechanics and Reader in Nonlinear Systems at the University of Nottingham before becoming Professor of Theoretical Mechanics there in 1994.  Since then, he has been Head of the Section of Theoretical Mechanics (1998-2005), Head of the Division of Applied Mathematics (2005-07), Research Director of the School of Mathematical Sciences (2007-09) and is currently Deputy Head of the School of Mathematical Sciences.  His research interests include mathematical modeling, systems biology, and industrial mathematics.  He serves on the editorial board of the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics.

Previous Recipients: 

The Julian D. Cole Lecturer receives $1,000 and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate.


Richard C. DiPrima Prize

Established in 1986, the prize is awarded to a junior 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 the late 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.

2010 Recipient:             Colin B. Macdonald
                                    Mathematical Institute
                                    University of Oxford, UK

Citation: 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 PDEs on general curved surfaces.

Colin B. Macdonald is a faculty member of the Mathematical Institute of Oxford Universtiy.  He is University Lecturer in Numerical Methodologies at the Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics (OCCAM) and Tutorial Fellow in Applied Mathematics at Oriel College.  He earned his BSc from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada.  He earned his MSc in 2003 and his PhD in 2008 from Simon Fraser University, where his work was supervised by Steven J. Ruuth.  He then spent a postdoctoral year working with Stanley Osher at UCLA.

Previous Recipients: 

There was no award given in 1990.

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


AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture

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

2010 Lecturer:   Suzanne Lenhart
                        University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Title of Lecture:  Mixing It Up: Discrete and Continuous Optimal Control for Biological Models
                        Monday, July 12, 2:45 - 3:30 p.m
                        Spirit of Pittsburgh A

Citation:  Dr. Suzanne Lenhart is a distinguished applied mathematician who has made fundamental contributions to optimal control applied to a wide range of applications.  She pioneered work on optimal control in a variety of mathematical contexts and authored important papers with diverse applications ranging from lasers to rabies in raccoons to fishery reserves, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and drug treatment in HIV models.  An active member of the mathematical community, she has been a leader in providing research and mentoring opportunities for future generations of mathematicians. She has an extraordinary record of integrating research and education as Associate Director of Education, Outreach and Diversity at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), as the organizer of twelve AWM workshops at SIAM meetings for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, and as a long-time director of an REU site.  She has served as AWM President and on the SIAM Board of Trustees and currently serves as a member of the AWM and SIAM Committees on Education.  Her dedication and commitment to excellence are continuing to create positive influences on the mathematics, science, and engineering communities.  In recognition of all these outstanding accomplishments, AWM and SIAM are honored to recognize Dr. Suzanne Lenhart as the 2010 Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer.

Suzanne Lenhart is Professor in the Mathematics Department of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Associate Director for Education, Outreach, and Diversity at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at UTK.  She earned her BA in Mathematics from Bellarmine College and her MA and PhD in Mathematics from the University of Kentucky.  She joined the UTK faculty in 1981.  From  1987 to 2009, she was Researcher (part-time) in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  She served two terms on the SIAM Council (1995-2000) and two terms on the SIAM Board of Trustees (2004-09).  From 2001 to 2002, she was President of AWM.

Previous Lecturers:  

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


George Pólya Prize

The George Pólya 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 Pólya such as approximation theory, complex analysis, number theory, orthogonal polynomials, probability theory, or mathematical discovery and learning.

In 2010, the George Pólya Prize is given in the second category.

2010 Recipients:    Emmanuel Candès
                            Stanford University

                            Terence Tao

Citation: For their role in developing the theory of compressed sensing and matrix completion, which enables efficient reconstruction of sparse, high-dimensional data based on very few measurements.  The algorithms and analysis are not only beautiful mathematics, worthy of study for their own sake, but they also lead to remarkable solutions of practical engineering problems.

Emmanuel Candès is Professor of Mathematics and of Statistics at Stanford University and the Ronald and Maxine Linde Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics (on leave) at California Institute of Technology.  After receiving a Diploma from École Polytechnique, he entered Stanford University, where his thesis advisor was David Donoho.  He earned his PhD in 1998 and joined the Stanford faculty for two years as Assistant Professor of Statistics.  He has been a member of the faculty of Caltech since 2000, attaining his current professorship in 2006, and, in 2009, began his professorship at Stanford.  He won SIAM's James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing in 2005.  He serves on the editorial board of the SIAM Journal on Imaging Science.

Terence Tao  has held the James and Carol Collins Chair in Mathematics at UCLA since 2007.  He received his BSc and MSc (1992) from Flinders University in South Australia.  He earned his PhD at Princeton University in 1996 under the supervision of Elias Stein.  In the same year, he joined the faculty of UCLA, becoming professor in 1999.  He was a winner of the Fields Medal in 2006.

Previous Recipients: 

Recipients of the Pólya Prize receive an engraved medal and share the cash award of $20,000.


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.

2010 Recipient:  John A. Burns
                         Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Title of Lecture:  William T. and Idalia Reid:  His Mathematics and Her Mathematical Family
                        Wednesday, July 14, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
                        Spirit of Pittsburgh A

Citation:  For his fundamental contributions in computational methods for and applications in the control, design and optimization of infinite dimensional dynamical systems.

John A. Burns is the Hatcher Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and a member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Mathematics (ICAM) at Virginia Tech.  He earned a BSE in Mathematics at Arkansas State University and his PhD in Mathematics at the University of Oklahoma, where his thesis advisor was William T. Reid.  After a year as postdoctoral fellow at the Lefschetz Center for Dynamical Systems at Brown University, he joined the faculty of Virginia Tech in 1974.  He became professor in 1982, Technical Director of ICAM in 1987, Director of the Center for Optimal Design and Control in 1993, and Hatcher Professor in 1995.  He has served as SIAM Vice President for Programs and Chair of the SIAM Activity Group (SIAG) on Control and Systems Theory.  He has published over 140 journal articles.  He was a founding editor of SIAM's book series Advances in Design and Control and was a Managing Editor of SIAM Review.

Previous Recipients: 

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

The W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize Lecturer receives a cash award of $10,000 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 “Outstanding” in the annual MCM.  One winning team of students is chosen for each of the problems posed in the MCM.

Papers are to be presented in a session of Student Days, Tuesday, July 13, from 4:00 - 5:00  p.m. in Room 310.  For program, see next page.

2010 Recipients:  Problem A, The Continuous Problem: "The Sweet Spot"
                          Solution: "An Optimal Model of the 'Sweet Spot' Effect"
                          HUST-Huazhong University of Science and Technology
                          School of Civil Engineering and Mechanics
                          Wuhan, Hubei Province, PRC

                           Students:  Zhe Xiong, Qipei Mei, Fei Han
                           Faculty Advisor:  Professor Liang Gao

                           Problem B, The Discrete Problem: "Criminology"
                           Solution: "Following the Trail of Data"
                           Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
                           Department of Mathematical Sciences
                           Troy, New York

                           Students: Joseph H. Gibney, Emily P. Meissen, Yonatan Naamad
                           Faculty Advisor: Professor Peter Kramer

Student recipients each receive $850 (prize and travel), complimentary membership in SIAM for three years, and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate for the students’ schools.

Tuesday, July 13
Room 310


SIAM/Mathematical Contest in Modeling Award Presentations
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM  Room 310
Chair:  James H. Case, Writer/Consultant

4:00-4:25  An Optimal Model of the 'Sweet Spot' Effect
           Zhe Xiong, Qipei Mei, Fei Han, HUST- Huazhong University of Science and Technology

4:30-4:55  Following the Trail of Data
           Joseph H. Gibney, Emily P. Meissen, Yonatan Naamad, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


SIAM Student Paper Prize Presentations
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM   Room 310
Chair:  Peter R. Turner, Clarkson University

5:00-5:15  Improved Restricted Isometry Constant Bounds for Gaussian Matrices
           Bubacarr Bah and Jared Tanner, University of Edinburgh, UK

5:20-5:35  A Simple Algorithm for the Inverse Field of Values Problem
           Russell Carden, Rice University

5:40-5:55  Grow with the Flow: A Spatial -Temporal Model of Platelet Deposition and Blood Coagulation under Flow
           Karin Leiderman and Aaron L. Fogelson, University of Utah

Italics indicate presenting authors.


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. These awards are based solely on the merit and content of the students’ contribution to the submitted papers. The purpose of the SIAM Student Paper Prizes is to recognize outstanding scholarship by students in applied mathematics or computing.

Papers are to be presented in a session of Student Days, Tuesday, July 13, from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Room 310.  For program, see preceding page.

2010 RecipientsBubacarr Bah
                           University of Edinburgh, UK

                           Title: "Improved Restricted Isometry Constant Bounds for Gaussian Matrices"
                           Co-Author: Jared Tanner, University of Edinburgh, UK
                           In production for publication in SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications.

                          Russell Carden
                          Rice University

                           Title: "A Simple Algorithm for the Inverse Field of Values Problem"

                          Inverse Problems 25 (2009) 115019
                           IOP Select, IOP Science

                          Karin Leiderman
                          University of Utah                               

                           Title: : "Grow with the Flow: A Spatial-Temporal Model of Platelet Deposition and Blood Coagulation under Flow"
                           Co-Author: Aaron L. Fogelson, University of Utah                              

                           Mathematical Medicine and Biology
                           Advance Access, published May 3, 2010
                           doi: 10.1093/imammb/dqq005

Recipients of the SIAM Student Paper Prizes receive $1,550 (prize and travel) and framed, hand-calligraphed certificates.


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.

2010 Recipient:  Martin Grötschel
                          Vice President, Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin (ZIB)
                          Professor, Technische Universität Berlin, Institut fur Mathematik, Germany

Citation: In recognition of his visionary, indefatigable, global leadership in application-driven mathematics research.  The most concrete realization of his vision of mathematics as an indispensable ingredient in technological progress is the Berlin institute MATHEON, which he founded in 2002, and which, as director for its first seven years, he guided to a new, internationally recognized model of a mathematics research center.  MATHEON has not only engaged and supported hundreds of researchers and solved problems coming from a wide spectrum of industries, but it has also carried out highly successful outreach and educational programs.  Grötschel has also served the German and international mathematical community in many other ways, including as President of the German Mathematical Society, Vice President of the Zuse Institute, lead organizer of the 1998 International Congress of Mathematicians and, currently, Secretary of the International Mathematical Union.  His service on many prize committees includes SIAM's Dantzig, Wiener, and Kleinman prizes and The John von Neumann Lecture.

Martin Grötschel studied mathematics and economics at the University of Bochum.  In 1973, he entered the University of Bonn as Research Assistant and obtained his PhD there in 1977 in Economics and his Habilitation in Operations Research in 1981.  From 1982 to 1991, he was Professor at the University of Augsburg and Chair of Applied Mathematics.  He has held his current positions at TU Berlin and ZIB since 1991.  His mathematical research interests include optimization, discrete mathematics, and operations research.  He has deep interest in applications of mathematics and has been engaged in more than twenty projects with industry in areas such as telecommunications, electronics, software, logistics, traffic, transportation, and production technology.  He was a winner of the SIAM/MPS George B. Dantzig Prize in 2001.  He is a SIAM Fellow.

Previous Recipients: 

Note: The SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession, previouslyawarded from time to time, became an annual prize in 2003.  No award was made in 2007.

The recipient of the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession receives 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.

2010 Lecturer:   Bernd Sturmfels
                         University of California, Berkeley

Title of Lecture:   Algebra: From Linear to Non-Linear
                          Tuesday, July 13, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
                          Spirit of Pittsburgh A

Citation: For his key role in developing and applying algebraic and algebraic-geometric ideas to problems arising in biology, statistics, optimization, and the numerical computation of polynomial systems.

Bernd Sturmfels is Professor of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley and an Affiliate Professor in the Center for Computational Biology (CCB) at UC-Berkeley.  He received doctoral degrees in Mathematics in 1987 from the University of Washington, Seattle, and the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany.  After two postdoctoral years in Minneapolis and Linz, Austria, he taught at Cornell University, before joining UC-Berkeley in 1995.  He is currently Vice President of the American Mathematical Society (AMS).  He serves on the advisory panel of SIAM's newest activity group, SIAG on Algebraic Geometry  His current research focuses on algebraic methods in optimization, statistics, and computational biology.

Previous von Neumann Lecturers:

The John von Neumann Lecturer receives an honorarium of $5,000 and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate.


SIAM Fellows

The following have been named SIAM Fellows for the Class of 2010.

Uri M. Ascher  University of British Columbia
Andrea L. Bertozzi  University of California Los Angeles
Susanne C. Brenner  Louisiana State University
John C. Butcher  University of Auckland
Stephen L. Campbell  North Carolina State University
Carlos Castillo-Chavez  Arizona State University
Tony F. Chan  Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Peter Constantin  The University of Chicago
John E. Dennis, Jr.  Rice University, Retired, and University of Washington
Iain S. Duff  Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK and CERFACS, France
Paul G. Dupuis  Brown University
Bjorn E. Engquist  University of Texas at Austin
Donald Geman  Johns Hopkins University
John R. Gilbert  University of California Santa Barbara
Michael T. Heath  University of Illinois
T. C. Hu  University of California San Diego
George Karniadakis  Brown University
William L. Kath  Northwestern University
Ioannis G. Kevrekidis  Princeton University
Barbara Lee Keyfitz  Ohio State University
Randall J. LeVeque  University of Washington
Anders G. Lindquist  KTH - Royal Institute of Technology
Steve McCormick  University of Colorado Boulder
Carl D. Meyer  North Carolina State University
Jorge Nocedal  Northwestern University
Yousef Saad  University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Fadil Santosa  University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Robert Schreiber  Hewlett-Packard
Mitchell D. Smooke  Yale University
Danny C. Sorensen  Rice University
Gunther Uhlmann  University of Washington
Frederic Y. M. Wan  University of California Irvine
Michael I. Weinstein  Columbia University
Olof B. Widlund  Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University

The following distinguished members of the SIAM community were added to the 2009 Class of Fellows after it was initially announced:

Robert B. Schnabel  Indiana University
Suresh P. Sethi  The University of Texas at Dallas


The following prizes will be awarded at the 2011 Joint SIAM/CAIMS Prizes and Awards Luncheon to be held at ICIAM 2011:
Ralph E. Kleinman Prize
AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture
W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize
SIAM Award in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM)
SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession
SIAM Student Paper Prizes
The John von Neumann Lecture

(The Reid Prize Lecture will be delivered at CT11.  Recipients of the SIAM Award in the MCM and the Student Paper Prizes will present their papers at AN12.)

The following prize will be awarded at ICIAM 2011:
Peter Henrici Prize -  awarded jointly with ETH Zurich

The following prizes will be awarded at other societies' conferences in 2011:
Germund Dahlquist Prize
Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research by an Undergraduate Student
JPBM Communications Award

The following prizes will be awarded at SIAM Activity Group (SIAG) conferences in 2011:

SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering -  awarded jointly with ACM at CSE11
SIAG/Geosciences Career Prize
SIAG/Geosciences Junior Scientist Prize
SIAM Activity Group on Optimization Prize
J. D. Crawford Prize (SIAG/Dynamical Systems)
Jürgen Moser Lecture (SIAG/Dynamical Systems)
SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory Prize
SIAG/CST Best SICON Paper Prize
SIAM Activity Group on Analysis of PDE Prize

Calls for Nominations for these prizes will be posted at the SIAM website and published in electronic newsletters as they become available.  www.siam.org/prizes/nominations.php

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