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2017 Kovalevsky and Reid Prizes

Liliana Borcea, University of Michigan.
Liliana Borcea is the recipient of the 2017 AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture. The Lecture, intended to highlight significant contributions of women to applied or computational mathematics, is awarded annually at the SIAM Annual Meeting. Borcea is being recognized for distinguished scientific contributions to the mathematical and numerical analysis of wave propagation in random media, array imaging in complex environments, and inverse problems in high-contrast electrical impedance tomography, as well as model reduction techniques for parabolic and hyperbolic partial differential equations. “I am honored to be in the company of the outstanding women mathematicians that have won this award,” Borcea said.

Borcea is the Peter Field Collegiate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in scientific computing and computational mathematics from Stanford University, and is an elected member of the SIAM Council. “My work and research interests are motivated by my view of applied mathematics as a science that reaches across disciplines to computer science, physics, statistics, and experimental science,” Borcea said. “SIAM is a unique forum for applied mathematicians to exchange ideas and pursue interdisciplinary research.” 

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

Jean-Michel Coron, Université Pierre et Marie Curie.
Jean-Michel Coron has been awarded SIAM’s 2017 W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize in Mathematics. The prize recognizes outstanding work in, or other contributions to, the broadly defined areas of differential equations and control theory. Coron is being honored for fundamental contributions with lasting impact to both the analysis and control of nonlinear ordinary and partial differential equations, and in particular the Coron return method for feedback stabilization of nonlinear systems using time-varying controls, as well as applications of control theory to practical problems.

Coron is a full professor at Université Pierre et Marie Curie and a member of the French Academy of Sciences. He received his Thèse d’Etat (Ph.D.) in mathematical sciences from Université Pierre et Marie Curie. “The W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize is one of the most prestigious prizes in control theory, as confirmed by the outstanding level of previous laureates,” Coron said. “I am strongly honored to receive this award. It is for me a very important recognition of my works in control theory.”

The W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize recipient receives a cash prize of $10,000 and an engraved medal, awarded at the SIAM Annual Meeting.

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