The West Texas Applied Math Graduate Minisymposium took place this past April at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Organized by Sara Calandrini and Giacomo Capodaglio, respectively the president and vice president of the Texas Tech University Chapter of SIAM, the event was open to all graduate students and postdoctoral associates in the field of applied mathematics. It was meant to foster the creation of a network for young researchers that could be useful for future collaborations and career development.
The minisymposium featured 11 talks by researchers from the University of New Mexico, Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of Texas at El Paso, in addition to Texas Tech. The talks covered various fields of applied mathematics, such as virus infection modeling, flow in porous media, reduced order modeling, and even mathematical tools for the detection of gravitational waves. Max Gunzburger (Florida State University) served as the keynote lecturer, and his presence enhanced the event. Additionally, a poster presentation—with ten presenters—took place during the lunch break, giving attendees the opportunity to enjoy food while perusing posters and interacting with presenters.
A barbecue held the following day for all conference participants and Texas Tech’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics celebrated the minisymposium’s success. A plan to organize the minisymposium again next spring is in the works.
To read more about the symposium, please visit the webpage or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The event was sponsored by the Texas Tech University Chapter of SIAM and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of Texas Tech.