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SIAM sections promote activity in the fields of applied mathematics and computational science within a geographical region. Their conferences, meetings, lectures, and other activities give section members opportunities to collaborate, network, share ideas, and view current applications of research in the field. Visit for more information on existing sections and how you can get involved.

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Argentinean Section (AR-SIAM)

AR-SIAM provides a forum for the discussion and enhancement of applied mathematics in Argentina and to promote the application of mathematics to science, engineering, computational science, industry, and technology. The section organizes the biennial Conference on Applied, Computational, and Industrial Mathematics (MACI).

Officers – President: Pablo Jacovkis, Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero and Universidad de Buenos Aires; Vice President: Cristina Turner, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba; Secretary: Diana Rubio, Universidad Nacional de San Martín

MACI V, the 5th Congress on Applied, Computational, and Industrial Mathematics, will take place May 4-6, 2015, in Tandil, Argentina. There will be seven featured speakers, as well as paper and poster presentations. 

Bulgaria Section (BGSIAM)

BGSIAM promotes the application of mathematics to science, engineering, and technology in the Republic of Bulgaria. The section organizes an annual conference.

Officers – Chair: Angela Slavova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Vice Chair: Geno Nikolov, Sofia University; Secretary: Krassimir Georgiev, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

The 9th Annual Meeting of the Bulgarian Section of SIAM (BGSIAM) will be hosted by the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia on December 18 and 19, 2014. The meeting will feature four plenary lectures, given by Vladimir Veliov (Vienna University of Technology, Austria), Alexandar Ianovski (University of Cape Town, South Africa), Vassil Alexandrov (Barcelona Supercomputer Center), Blagovest Sendov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), and Tsviatko Rangelov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences). There will also be special sessions on industrial mathematics, PDEs and their applications, financial mathematics, and neural networks and applications.

[NEW!] Central States Section

Established in 2014, the Central States Section serves SIAM members in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

The proposed activities of the SIAM Central Section include annual section meetings, seminars, and workshops for advanced topics of common interests of the section members; encouraging new SIAM student chapters and facilitating all the SIAM student chapters in the central region to connect together; promoting collaboration in applied mathematics and its applications to industry and science; and expanding the influence of SIAM in the central states. Participation in SIAM Central States Section activities will be open to all institutions and industries in the region with an interest in applied and computational mathematics.

Officers – President: Xiaoming He, Missouri University of Science and Technology; Vice President: Erik S. Van Vleck, University of Kansas; Treasurer: Stephen D. Pankavich, Colorado School of Mines; Secretary: Xiu Ye, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Colombia Section (COSIAM)

COSIAM’s purpose is to further the application of mathematics to industry and science in Colombia by promoting basic research in mathematics leading to new methods and techniques and by providing media for the exchange of information and ideas between mathematicians and other technical and scientific personnel. The section sponsors an annual conference.

Officers – President: Gerard Olivar, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, sede Manizales, Manizales; Vice President: Primitivo Acosta-Humanez, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla; Secretary/Treasurer: John A. Taborda, Universidad del Magdalena, Santa Marta; Council: Olga Vasilieva, Gladys E. Salcedo, Carlos Mejia, Carlos Peña, Hernando Diaz

COSIAM will hold their annual meeting in Manizales, Colombia, during the Workshop on Mathematics of Bio Economics (which will take place November 18-21). The meeting will include poster sessions, as well as other student and postgraduate activities. The chapter also started an “Inviting Foreign Professors” program, partially funding four visiting professors this year.

East Asia Section (EASIAM)

EASIAM promotes the application of mathematics to science, engineering, and technology in East and South East Asia. The section holds the annual East Asia SIAM Conference (EASIAM) and also annually awards the EASIAM Student Paper Prize.

Officers – President: Ming-Chih Lai, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan; Vice President: Yongwimon Wiriyawit Lenbury, Mahidol University, Thailand; Secretary: Weichung Wang, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Great Lake Section (GLSIAM)

GLSIAM serves Michigan, Northern Ohio, Northern Indiana, Southern Ontario, and the surrounding areas. It organizes its annual conferences around themes reflecting its members' evolving interests within applied mathematics. About 17% of the Section members work either in industry or in government; about 83% belong to academic staffs or are students. Topical disciplines have included computer aided design, computational fluid dynamics, numerical solutions of PDEs, complex systems, and bio-mathematics. The section organizes an annual spring meeting.

Officers – Industrial Co-President: David Lamb, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC); Academic Co-President: Michael Lachance, University of Michigan Dearborn; Industrial Co-Vice President: Emmanuel Tsimis, Siemens; Academic Co-Vice President: Leela Rakesh, Central Michigan University; Treasurer: Richard Katnik, General Motors Corp. (retired); Secretary: Ed Moylan, Ford Motor Co. (retired)

The 2014 GLSIAM Conference took place April 4-5 at the University of Toledo as part of a joint meeting with the Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America. There were 129 registered attendees.  The Section provided two plenary speakers, chaired a contributed papers parallel session, and conducted an after-dinner panel with the theme “A Mathematics Education, Today’s Industrial Opportunities.”

The 2015 Conference will be held at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Southeastern Atlantic Section (SIAM-SEAS)

SIAM-SEAS connects scientists, engineers, applied mathematicians, and graduate students in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The section organizes an annual meeting.

Officers(2014) – President: Hassan Fathallah-Shaykh, University of Alabama, Birmingham – Treasurer/President Elect: Hongqiu Chen, University of Memphis

Officers(2015) – President: Hongqiu Chen, University of Memphis; Treasurer/President Elect: Ohannes Karakashian, University of Tennessee

The 38th SIAM-SEAS annual conference took place at Florida Institute of Technology on March 29-30, 2014. The 151 registered participants (48 students among them) saw four plenary speakers: Louis Block of the University of Florida, Emmanuele DiBenedetto of Vanderbilt University, Joel Smoller of the University of Michigan, and Gunther Uhlmann of the University of Washington. SIAM-SEAS gave four research awards to students for their outstanding work, as well as two travel support grants.

The 39th SIAM-SEAS annual conference will be hosted by Yanni Zeng at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, March 20-22, 2015. It will feature plenary speakers Yuefan Deng (Stony Brook University), Irena Lasiecka (University of Memphis), Tai-Ping Liu (Academia Sinica), and James Nagy (Emory University).

United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Section (SIAM-UKIE)

The SIAM-UKIE Section promotes and supports applied and industrial mathematics in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

The activities of the Section include an annual meeting, student chapter events, student prizes, and support for other initiatives and events that bring together SIAM members from universities, industry, or other research institutions.

Officers – President: Endre Süli, University of Oxford; Vice President: Françoise Tisseur, University of Manchester; Secretary/Treasurer: Angela Mihai, Cardiff University

University College of London hosted the 18th SIAM-UKIE Annual Meeting on January 9, 2014. Roughly 55 participants saw plenary talks by SIAM President Irene Fonseca (Carnegie Mellon University), Alain Goriely (University of Oxford), Nick Gould (Rutherford Appleton Lab), Stephen Hendry (Oasys Software, Ltd.), past IMA president Robert MacKay (University of Warwick), and Niall Madden (NUI Galway, Ireland). The day before, UCL hosted a meeting of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). In holding their meetings back to back, the two societies hope to strengthen their ties.

The 19th SIAM-UKIE Annual Meeting will take place at the University of Bath on January 8, 2015. It will feature six plenary talks on topics such as “elastic waves in soft tissue,” “a Bayesian level-set approach for geometric inverse problems,” and “solving highly oscillatory systems of equations.” For the first time, every chapter within the section is invited to send one student delegate to give a poster presentation. Much like 2014, the IMA Conference on Research in Mathematics and Its Applications will be held the next day at the University of Bath.

Washington-Baltimore Section

The Washington-Baltimore Section promotes the interests of applied mathematicians in academia, industry, and government in the metropolitan area of Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland. The section sponsors semiannual expository lectures.

Officers – President: Jeffrey M. Sieracki, SR2 Group, LLC

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