2011 Prizes and Awards Luncheon
held at ICIAM
July 21, 2011

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.  The prize 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.

2011 Lecturer:   Ingrid Daubechies
                         Duke University

Title of Lecture:  Sparsity in Signal Analysis and in Computation
                         Monday, July 18, 19:00

Citation:  In recognition of her multifaceted and enduring contributions to mathematics, science, and engineering, especially her fundamental work in the development of the foundations and applications of wavelets.  Ingrid Daubechies is a brilliant mathematical scientist who has opened new directions of research and new approaches to signal and image processing and data analysis, a gifted communicator who has greatly facilitated the spread and appreciation of mathematical ideas, and a tireless scientific leader who both serves and inspires the mathematical community.

Ingrid Daubechies earned her Bachelor's degree in Physics and her Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the Free University of Brussels.  She also served in her first research and teaching positions there, for 1984-7 as Research Professor.  While a Technical Staff Member at AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1987-94, she served as professor in the Mathematics Department of Rutgers University in 1991-93.  In 1994 she joined the faculty of Princeton University as professor in the Mathematics Department and PACM, the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics.  She was director of PACM from 1997 to 2001 and held the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professorship from 2004 until her recent move to Duke University.  Among her many honors is the ICIAM Pioneer Prize, which she won in 2007.  She is a SIAM Fellow.

Previous von Neumann Lecturers:

The John von Neumann Lecturer receives an honorarium of $5,000 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.

2011 Lecturer:   Susanne C. Brenner
                         Louisiana State University

Title of Lecture:  A Cautionary Tale in Numerical PDEs
                        Monday, July 18, 20:00                        

Citation: In recognition of her significant research accomplishments in multigrid methods, domain decomposition methods and finite element analysis.

Dr. Susanne C. Brenner is a leader in computational mathematics, who has made significant contributions to the areas of multigrid theory, domain decomposition, discontinuous Galerkin methods for elliptic problems and finite element methods for Maxwell's equations.  Her fundamental contributions to numerical analysis, together with her stellar professional service and dedicated mentorship efforts, make Dr. Brenner a role model to the mathematical community in general, and to women in mathematics in particular.

Susanne C. Brenner received her B.S.Ed. in Mathematics and German from West Chester State College, her M.A. from SUNY Stony Brook, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan.  She began her academic career at Syracuse and Clarkson Universities and spent many years at the University of South Carolina.  She has been at the Louisiana State University since 2006.  At LSU she is also currently the Associate Director for Academic Affairs at the Center for Computation and Technology.  She is a founding faculty advisor for SIAM Student Chapters at USC and LSU.  She serves on the editorial board of the SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis.  Brenner is currently a member of the SIAM Council and serves as Vice President for Publications.  In 2005 she received a Humboldt Research Award. She is a SIAM Fellow.

Previous Lecturers:  

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

 

Peter Henrici Prize

The Peter Henrici Prize is awarded every four years jointly by ETH Zurich and SIAM for original contributions to applied analysis and numerical analysis and/or for exposition appropriate for applied mathematics and scientific computing.  The award is intended to recognize broad and extended contributions to these subjects, more than a single outstanding work.

2011 Lecturer:    Bjorn Engquist
                        University of Texas at Austin

Title of Lecture:  Fast Algorithms for High Frequency Wave Propagation
                         Wednesday, July 20, 19:00

Citation:  For his fundamental contributions to applied and computational mathematics, scientific computing, and applications to engineering and the sciences.

Bjorn Engquist's achievements in the mathematical and computational sciences have had a major impact on several areas of applied and computational mathematics, including his seminal work with Andrew Majda on nonreflecting boundary conditions, his construction of numerical flux functions for nonlinear hyperbolic conservation laws with Stanley Osher, and, with Weinan E, his work on hierarchic multiscale methods for the efficient numerical treatment of PDEs with multiple scales.  Bjorn Engquist has been an outstanding example of a numerical analyst whose contributions are tied to serious analysis and applications.

Bjorn Engquist earned his B.Sc. in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and his Ph.D. in Numerical Analysis at Uppsala University.  After a postdoc at Stanford University, he joined the faculty of UCLA, where he was Professor of Mathematics from 1978 to 2001.  From 1981 to 1985, he also held the position of Professor of Numerical Analysis at Uppsala University.  In 2001 he joined the faculty of Princeton University , and in 2001-03 he was Director of PACM there.  Since 2004 he has been at the University of Texas at Austin as professor and CAM Chair No. 1 in the Mathematics Department and on the core faculty of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES).  He continues as Professor of Numerical Analysis at KTH, a position he has held for twenty years.  He was elected to the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in 2011 and is a SIAM Fellow.

Previous Recipients:  

The recipient of the Peter Henrici Prize receives a cash award of $5,000 and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate.

 

Ralph E. Kleinman Prize

Established in 1998, the Ralph E. Kleinman Prize is awarded to one individual for outstanding research, or other contributions, that bridge the gap between mathematics and applications.  Work that uses high-level mathematics and/or invents new mathematical tools to solve applied problems from engineering, science, and technology is particularly appropriate.  The value of the work will be measured by the quality of the mathematics and its impact on the application.  Each prize may be given either for a single notable achievement or for a collection of such achievements.

2011 Recipient:    Gunther Uhlmann
                           University of California, Irvine
                           University of Washington

Citation: For his insightful and deep contributions to the theory of inverse problems. 

His accomplishments include groundbreaking work on uniqueness theory for inverse problems using special oscillatory solutions; the use of microlocal analysis in inverse scattering; novel connections between notions of differential geometry and problems in travel time tomography; and fundamental work on cloaking.  His work is distinguished by its mathematical beauty and relevance to important inverse problems in medical imaging and seismic prospecting.

Gunther Uhlmann became University of California Irvine Excellence in Teaching Chair in Mathematics in 2010.  He is also Walker Family Endowed Professor in Mathematics at the University of Washington, where has taught since 1984.  He graduated from the University of Chile, Santiago, and earned his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1976.  Before joining the University of Washington, he taught at M.I.T. from 1978 to 1985, and, before that, at Courant Institute, NYU, in 1977-78.  He is a Corresponding Member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences.  He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and shared the AMS Bôcher Memorial Prize in 2011.  He is a SIAM Fellow.

Previous Recipients: 

The recipient of the Ralph E. Kleinman Prize receives a cash award of $5,000 and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate.

 

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.

2011 Recipient:  Irena Lasiecka
                        University of Virginia

Title of Lecture:  Analysis and Control of Coupled PDE Systems arising in Fluid-Structure and Gas Flow-Structure Interactions
                        Wednesday, July 27, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.; Constellation E/F
                        Hyatt Regency Baltimore, Maryland
                        SIAM Conference on Control and its Applications (CT11)

Citation:  For her fundamental contributions in control and optimization theory, particularly for dynamical systems governed by partial differential equations and their applications.

Irena Lasiecka received her M.S. and her Ph.D., both in Applied Mathematics, from the University of Warsaw.  She taught as Assistant Professor at the Control Theory Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences from 1975-1980, while she also held a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA in 1977-1980.  She taught at the University of Florida from 1980 to 1987.  She joined the faculty of the University of Virginia as Professor in 1987 and currently holds the position of Professor in the Department of Mathematics there.  In 2006, she was appointed to the International Advisory Board of the Polish Academy of Sciences and was recently elected Research Member of that academy.

Previous Recipients: 

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

The recipient of the W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize receives a cash award of $10,000 and an engraved medal.

 

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.

2011 Recipient:  David E. Keyes
                         Columbia University
                         King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia

Citation: For his leadership and long-term advocacy of high performance computing and computational science and engineering.  Keyes has served on numerous advisory committees for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology; directed the Institute for Scientific Computing Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; developed the SCaLeS report (Science Case for Large-scale Simulation); and led a major SciDAC project.  He has served as SIAM Vice President at Large and as member of the Council and the Committee on Science Policy.  He was founding editor of SIAM's CS&E book series.  As dean of Mathematical and Computer Sciences and Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, he is shaping the development of a new type of interdisciplinary research university, emphasizing CS&E and bridging Arab and western cultures.

David E. Keyes has been the Fu Foundation Professor of Applied Mathematics in the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University since 2003.  He also holds several faculty affiliate positions at the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories.  In 2009, he became the inaugural Chair, now Dean, of the Division of Mathematical and Computer Sciences and Engineering at KAUST.  Keyes earned a B.S.E. in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences and a Certificate in Engineering Physics from Princeton University.  He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1984.  He was affiliated with Yale University from 1984 to 1993, before joining Old Dominion University and ICASE at the NASA Langley Research Center.  At Old Dominion, he was a professor of mathematics and statistics and founding Director of the Center for Computational Science.  He is a SIAM Fellow.

Previous Recipients: 

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

 

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.

2011 Recipients:   The Metric Nearness Problem
                           SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications
                           Volume 30 Issue 1 (2008), pp. 375-396

                           Authors:   Justin Brickell
                                           Google
                                           Inderjit Dhillon
                                           University of Texas at Austin
                                           Suvrit Sra
                                           Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Germany
                                          Joel A. Tropp
                                          California Institute of Technology

                           The Complexity of Computing a Nash Equilibrium
                           SIAM Journal on Computing
                           Volume 39 Issue 1 (2009), pp. 195-259, Special Issue STOC
                           Special Issue on the Thirty-Eighth Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC 2006)

                           Authors:   Constantinos Daskalakis
                                          Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                                          Paul W. Goldberg
                                          University of Liverpool, UK
                                          Christos H. Papadimitriou
                                           University of California at Berkeley

                           Statistically Hiding Commitments and Statistical Zero-Knowledge Arguments from Any One-Way Function
                           SIAM Journal on Computing
                           Volume 39 Issue 3 (2009), pp. 1153-1218
                           Special Section on the Thirty-Ninth Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC 2007)

                           Authors:   Iftach Haitner
                                          Tel Aviv University, Israel
                                          Minh-Huyen Nguyen
                                          Shien Jin Ong
                                          Omer Reingold
                                          Microsoft
                                          Salil Vadhan
                                          Harvard University

Recipients of the SIAM Outstanding Paper Prizes receive a cash award of $500.

 

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, organized by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP).

The 2011 recipients will be invited to present their winning papers at the 2012 SIAM Annual Meeting.

2011 Recipients:  Problem A, The Continuous Problem: "Snowboard Course"
                          Solution: "A Half-Blood/Half-Pipe: A Perfect Performance"
                          Tsinghua University
                          Department of Mathematical Sciences
                          Beijing, P. R. China

                           Students:  Enhao Gong, Rongsha Li, Xiaoyun Wang
                           Faculty Advisor:  Professor Jimin Zhang

                           Problem B, The Discrete Problem: "Repeater Coordination"
                           Solution: "Clustering on a Network"
                           Harvey Mudd College
                           Department of Mathematics
                           Claremont, California

                           Students: Daniel Furlong, Dylan Marriner, Louis Ryan
                           Faculty Advisor: Professor Susan Martonosi

Recipients of the SIAM Award in the MCM receive a cash prize of $850 (prize and travel) and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate for the students' schools.

 

SIAM Student Paper Prizes

The SIAM Student Paper Prizes are awarded every year to the student authors of the most outstanding papers 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 entered in the competition must already have been submitted for publication.

The 2011 recipients will be invited to present their winning papers at the 2012 SIAM Annual Meeting.

2011 Recipients Necdet Serhat Aybat
                          Columbia University

                          Title: "Unified Approach for Minimizing Composite Norms"
                          Co-Author: Garud N. Iyengar, Columbia University
                    
                          Submitted for publication in Mathematical Programming Series A, MOS

                          Sungwoo Park
                          University of Maryland, College Park

                          Title: "Portfolio Selection Using Tikhonov Filtering to Estimate the Covariance Matrix"
                          Co-Author:  Dianne P. O'Leary, University of Maryland, College Park

                          SIAM Journal on Financial Mathematics
                          Vol. 1 (2010), pp. 932-961

                          Xiangxiong Zhang
                          Brown University                               

                          Title: : "On Maximum-Principle-Satisfying High Order Schemes for Scalar Conservation Laws"
                          Co-Author: Chi-Wang Shu, Brown University                             

                          Journal of Computational Physics 2 29 (2010) 3091-3120, Elsevier

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

 

SIGEST Authors

SIGEST contains digested versions of selected papers from SIAM's research journals.  Each journal's Editorial Board, in turn, nominates work for SIGEST.  The final choice of papers is made by the Editor-in-Chief, Senior Editor, and Section Editors of SIAM Review (SIREV) on the basis of exceptional quality and potential significance to the entire SIAM community. Authors of these papers achieve a wider readership than could be reached by a specialized research journal alone. This section provides a rare opportunity for readers from all segments of the SIAM community to keep up with important research from outside their areas of specialization.

SIAM recognizes the authors of the papers published in SIREV's SIGEST section in 2010.

SIREV 52 (1)
"Image Denoising Methods.  A New Nonlocal Principle"
SIAM Review Vol. 52, Issue 1 (2010), pp. 113-147

            Antoni Buades, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and Université Paris Descartes, France
            Bartomeu Coll, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
            Jean-Michel Morel, Centre de Mathématiques et Leurs Applications, ENS-Cachan, France

SIREV 52 (2)
"A Stochastic Collocation Method for Elliptic Partial Differential Equations with Random Input Data"
SIAM Review Vol. 52, Issue 2 (2010), pp. 317-355

            Ivo Babuška, University of Texas at Austin
            Fabio Nobile, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
            Raúl F. Tempone, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

SIREV 52 (3)
"What Shape Is Your Conjugate? A Survey of Computational Convex Analysis and Its Applications"
SIAM Review Vol. 52, Issue 3 (2010), pp. 505-542

            Yves Lucet, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Canada

SIREV 52 (4)
"A Parallel Multilevel Technique for Solving the Bidomain Equation on a Human Heart with Purkinje Fibers and a Torso Model"
SIAM Review Vol. 52, Issue 4 (2010), pp. 717-743

            Takumi Washio, University of Tokyo, Japan
            Jun-ichi Okada, University of Tokyo, Japan
            Toshiaki Hisada, University of Tokyo, Japan

 

SIAM Fellows

The SIAM Fellows program was established in 2009.  Fellowship is an honorific designation conferred on certain SIAM members who have made outstanding contributions to fields served by SIAM.  The 2011 Fellows were selected from nominations submitted by their peers.  The following have been named SIAM Fellows for the Class of 2011.

Mark J. Ablowitz  University of Colorado Boulder
Kendall E. Atkinson  University of Iowa
Claude W. Bardos  Laboratoire Jacques Louis Lions, Université Pierre et Marie Curie
John T. Betts  The Boeing Company, Retired
Charles R. Doering  University of Michigan
Jim Douglas, Jr.  University of Chicago and Purdue University, Retired
Alan S. Edelman  Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Charbel Farhat  Stanford University
Jean-Pierre Fouque  University of California Santa Barbara
Alan M. Frieze  Carnegie Mellon University
Kenneth M. Golden  University of Utah
Thomas A. Grandine  The Boeing Company
William D. Gropp  University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Philip Holmes  Princeton University
Ilse C. F. Ipsen  North Carolina State University
Christopher K. R. T. Jones  University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
David E. Keyes  Columbia University and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Suzanne M. Lenhart  University of Tennessee Knoxville
John G. Lewis  The Boeing Company and Cray, Retired
Zhi-Quan Luo  University of Minnesota
Olvi L. Mangasarian  University of Wisconsin Madison, Retired, and University of California San Diego
Bernard J. Matkowsky  Northwestern University
James McKenna  Bell Laboratories, Retired
Volker Mehrmann  Technische Universität Berlin
Boris Mordukhovich  Wayne State University
Bill Morton  University of Oxford Computing Laboratory, Retired
Ricardo H. Nochetto  University of Maryland College Park
Beresford N. Parlett  University of California Berkeley, Retired
Ahmed H. Sameh  Purdue University West Lafayette
Robert D. Skeel  Purdue University West Lafayette
Craig A. Tracy  University of California Davis
Stephen J. Wright  University of Wisconsin Madison
Jinchao Xu  Pennsylvania State University
Ya-xiang Yuan  Chinese Academy of Sciences

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