# ICIAM Announces 2015 Prizes

### FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

**Contact:**

Barbara Keyfitz

ICIAM

E-Mail: bkeyfitz@math.ohio-state.edu

**Monday, September 15, 2014**

**Philadelphia, PA** – The International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) is pleased to announce the winners of the five ICIAM Prizes for 2015.

ICIAM is a worldwide organization for professional applied mathematics societies, and for other societies with a significant interest in industrial or applied mathematics. The aims of the Council are

- to promote industrial and applied mathematics globally
- to promote interactions between member societies
- to promote the goals of these members societies
- and to coordinate planning for periodic international meetings on industrial and applied mathematics.

The ICIAM Congresses, held every four years, are run under the auspices of the Council. The 2015 Prizes will be presented at the next ICIAM Congress, ICIAM 2015, the Eighth International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics, which will take place in Beijing, China, August 10-14, 2015.

The Collatz Prize was established to provide international recognition to individual scientists under 42 years of age for outstanding work on industrial and applied mathematics. It was created on the initiative of GAMM (Gesellschaft für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik), and first awarded in 1999. Carrying a cash award of USD 5000, the Collatz Prize is presently funded by GAMM.

The 2015 ICIAM Collatz Prize is awarded to **Annalisa Buffa** in recognition of her spectacular use of deep and sophisticated mathematical concepts to obtain outstanding contributions to the development of computer simulations in science and industry.

Buffa is Director of the Institute for Applied Mathematics and Information Technologies (Pavia-Genoa-Milan section).

In a relatively short amount of time, Buffa has been able to bring fundamental contributions to a number of different aspects of scientific computing, with an incredible range both in the type of applications and in the type of mathematical instruments. The trademark of her work is the use of highly sophisticated mathematical techniques to produce fundamental breakthroughs that are applied to computer simulations in industry.

**The Lagrange Prize** was established to provide international recognition to individual mathematicians who have made an exceptional contribution to applied mathematics throughout their careers. It was created on the initiative of SMAI (Société de Mathématiques Appliquées et Industrielles), SEMA (Sociedad Española de Matematica Aplicada) and SIMAI (Società Italiana di Matematica Applicata e Industriale) and first awarded in 1999. Carrying a cash award of USD 5000, the Lagrange Prize is presently funded by the three member societies SMAI, SEMA and SIMAI.

Andrew J. Majda of the Courant Institute at New York University receives the 2015 ICIAM Lagrange Prize in recognition of his ground breaking, original, fundamental and pioneering contributions to applied mathematics and, in particular, to wave front propagation and combustion, scattering theory, fluid dynamics and atmosphere climate science. His research, which has merged asymptotic and numerical methods, physical reasoning and modeling, and rigorous mathematical analysis, has had an enormous and long lasting impact on modern applied mathematics, science and engineering (geophysics, seismology, weather prediction, combustion, and more) and remains the state of the art today.

Majda is the Morse Professor of Arts and Sciences at the Courant Institute of New York University.

Some of the most fundamental contributions of Majda and his collaborators in the area of wavefront propagation are the identification and study of the absorbing boundary conditions for numerical computations of the wave equation in unbounded domains, which has had major impact in the field over the last 30 years; the existence and stability analysis of multi-dimensional shock waves; a model for detonation, now named for him; and the theory of turbulent combustion.

Majda’s work has been honored by the National Academy of Science Prize in Applied Mathematics, the John von Neumann Lecture prize of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the Gibbs Prize of the American Mathematical Society and the Wiener Prize of the American Mathematical Society and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

**The Maxwell Prize **was established to provide international recognition to a mathematician who has demonstrated originality in applied mathematics. It was created on the initiative of the IMA (The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications) with the support of the J.C. Maxwell Society, and first awarded in 1999. Carrying a cash award of USD 5000, the Maxwell Prize is presently funded by IMA.

The 2015 ICIAM Maxwell Prize is awarded to **Jean-Michel Coron** of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie for his fundamental and original contributions to the study of variational methods for partial differential equations and the nonlinear control of nonlinear partial differential equations.

Jean-Michel Coron is a Professor in the Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie.

Coron has had a deep and profound impact in the study of variational methods for nonlinear partial differential equations. His original work on constant mean curvature surfaces, periodic solutions for nonlinear wave equations, nonlinear elliptic equations with critical Sobolev exponents and harmonic maps for nematic liquid crystals has had a major impact in these fields.

**The Pioneer Prize **was established for pioneering work introducing applied mathematical methods and scientific computing techniques to an industrial problem area or a new scientific field of applications. It was created on the initiative of SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics), and was first awarded in 1999. Carrying a cash award of USD 5000, the Pioneer Prize is presently funded by SIAM.

The 2015 ICIAM Pioneer Prize is awarded to **Björn Engquist** of the University of Texas at Austin, USA for fundamental contributions in the field of applied mathematics, numerical analysis and scientific computing which have had long lasting impact in the field as well as successful applications in science, engineering and industry.

Engquist is Professor of Mathematics and Computational and Applied Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin.

He has made fundamental contributions in the field of applied mathematics, numerical analysis and scientific computing which have had long lasting impact in the field as well as successful applications in science, engineering and industry. Some of his most important pioneering contributions include seminal work on absorbing boundary conditions (ABC), first proposed by Engquist and Majda, for numerical computation of wave propagation.

**The Su Buchin Prize** was established to provide international recognition of an outstanding contribution by an individual in the application of Mathematics to emerging economies and human development, in particular at the economic and cultural level in developing countries. It was created on the initiative of CSIAM

(China Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics), and was first awarded in 2007. Carrying a cash award of USD 5000, the Su Buchin Prize is presently funded by CSIAM.

The 2015 ICIAM Su Buchin Prize is awarded to Professor **Li Ta-tsien**, Fudan University, Shanghai in recognition of his outstanding contributions to applied mathematics and to the dissemination of mathematical sciences by means of an extensive series of summer schools that have had a profound influence on the development of research and teaching in developing countries.

Li Ta-tsien is a professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Fudan University.

He is one of the most renowned specialists, worldwide, in the theory and numerical analysis of nonlinear hyperbolic partial differential equations, a domain where major difficulties abound, as well as a domain of fundamental importance in applications. More recently, Li Ta-tsien was able to obtain the first satisfactory mathematical modeling of "resistivity well-loggings", a method of fundamental importance in petroleum exploitation.

Li Ta-tsien is not only an eminent mathematician. During the past decades, he has been extremely influential in the development of the pure and applied mathematical community in developing countries. More specifically, a very far-sighted initiaitive was taken in 1998 by Jacques-Louis Lions and Li ta-tsien, who together co-founded ISFMA, the Institut Sino-Français de Mathematiques Appliquées, or Chinese-French Institute of Applied Mathematics.

View detailed information on all prize winners on the ICIAM home page. Look for the “new” item on the home page.

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**About ICIAM**

The International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) is a worldwide organization for professional applied mathematics societies, and for other societies with a significant interest in industrial or applied mathematics. The aims of the Council are to promote industrial and applied mathematics globally; to promote interactions between member societies; to promote the goals of these members societies; and to coordinate planning for periodic international meetings on industrial and applied mathematics. The ICIAM Congresses, held every four years, are run under the auspices of the Council.