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The polls are officially open! Take a few minutes to read the candidate profiles and statements below. Questions regarding the election process can be directed to SIAM Executive Director James Crowley, c/o the SIAM Election Manager. Please Vote Today!

Candidate Profiles 

Board of Trustees

Three SIAM members will be elected to the Board this year for a three-year term. The Board consists of nine elected Trustees, not more than two appointed Trustees, and the President and Treasurer. Three (3) trustees shall be elected annually for three-year terms. No trustee shall serve more than three consecutive terms. 

Term:  January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019

*indicates an incumbent candidate

Council Members-at-Large

Four SIAM members will be elected to the Council for a three year term. The Council consists of twelve elected members, the Officers of SIAM, and the Chair of the Board.  Terms of office for members of the Council shall be three years, with four members’ terms expiring each year.  No person shall serve more than two consecutive terms as a Member of the Council.

Term:  January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019

*indicates an incumbent candidate

Board of Trustees


Margot Gerritsen

Professional Experience: Director, Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering at Stanford, 2010-present; Senior Associate Dean, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Stanford, 2015-present; Faculty, Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford, 2001-present; Faculty by courtesy, Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford, 2004-present; Faculty, Department of Engineering Science, University of Auckland, 1996 - 2001; Visiting faculty positions: University of Bergen (Professor II, 2010-2016), Institut National Politechnique de Toulouse (2013); Uppsala University (periodically from 2008); Delft University of Technology (2008, 2009).

Education: Ph.D. in Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics, Stanford, 1997; MS in Applied Mathematics, Delft University of Technology, 1990.

SIAM Activities:  
Co-chair and local host, SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences, held at Stanford University, June 2015;
Co-chair, SIAM Annual Meeting, 2014;
Chair, SIAM Activity Group on Geosciences, 2007-2009 and 2009-2011;
Member, SIAM Council, 2008-2010 and 2010-2012;
Member, SIREV editorial board, 2012-present.

Professional Memberships: SIAM, SPE, APS, KNVI, Interpore.

Research Interests: Numerical analysis, reservoir simulation, numerical linear algebra, computational fluid dynamics, tidal modeling.


Candidate Statement: Serving on the SIAM board would be another great way to give back to an organization that has meant so much to my colleagues, and our students. If elected to the board, I'd like to focus on both education (undergrad - postdocs) as well as diversity. Big Math, our local name for all that we do, has become critical throughout science and engineering, and big math literacy is essential to growing numbers of scientists and engineers. SIAM and its members can play a strong role in educating current and future decision makers (in industry, academia, NGOs and government). The recent foundation of the Applied Mathematics Education activity group is a great step. As to diversity, or inclusiveness, this is unfortunately still an area in which we can do much better, at SIAM, but also in our wider professional and academic circles. When I started my degree program in applied mathematics, I thought that by the time I'd be old (which according to my 18-year old self I now definitely am!), we would have reached near gender parity, and would have seen much larger numbers of URM. We may be doing a bit better now, but not by much. My focus would be on not only attracting more talent to Big Math, but definitely also on retention at all career stages.

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C. T. (Tim) Kelley

Professional Experience: Drexel Professor (2002-present) and Professor (1988-present), Department of Mathematics, North Carolina State University. Previous positions: Associate Professor (1983-88) and Assistant Professor (1978-83), Department of Mathematics, North Carolina State University; Postdoc, Mathematics Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1977-78).

Education: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Purdue University; B.A. in Mathematics, Vanderbilt University.

SIAM Activities: 
Chair, SIAM Board of Trustees (2012-present); 
Member SIAM Board of Trustees (2011-present); 
SIAM Compensation Committee (2012-present); 
Editor-in-Chief and Member, Editorial Board, SIAM Review (2011-present); 
Vice President for Publications (2006-09); 
Member, SIAM Council (2002-09, 2012-present);
Book Editorial Committee (2009-present); Journals Subcommittee (2006-09); 
Program Committee (2004-09); 
Member, Editorial Board, SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis (2005-present; 1998-2003);
Co-chair, Organizing Committee, 2005 SIAM Annual Meeting (2004-05); 
Council Representative to SIAM Board of Trustees (2003-04); 
Member, Editorial Board, Optimization book series (2005-2010; 1999-2003), Fundamentals of Algorithms book series (2003-present); 
Editor-in-Chief (2000-04) and Member, Editorial Board (1990-2007), SIAM Journal on Optimization; 
Guest Editor, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing special issue for the Copper Mountain Conferences (2000-present); 
Co-chair, Organizing Committee, 2000 SIAM Conference on Optimization (1999-2000); 
Vice Chair, SIAM Activity Group on Optimization (1992-97); 
Co-chair, Organizing Committee, SIAM-Southeast Atlantic Section of SIAM meeting (1995);
Member, Organizing Committee, 1995 SIAM Annual Meeting.

Professional Memberships: AGU; ANS; SIAG on Computational Science and Engineering; SIAG on Geosciences; SIAG on Optimization; SIAG on Uncertainty Quantification; SIAM, Fellow of SIAM, Class of 2009.

Research Interests: Nonlinear equations, optimization, multilevel algorithms, integral equations, optimal control, electronics, bio-medical modeling, radiative transfer and neutron transport, computational chemistry and electronic structure computations, flow through porous media.


Candidate Statement: The SIAM board of trustees is charged with stewardship of SIAM’s financial health, which, as of today, is excellent.

SIAM exists to enable the professional development of its members. We do this via our publications, conferences, and the SIAGS. SIAM works to promote and nurture the profession itself, a job we do with our lobbying efforts, the awards we give, our programs in education, and our membership recruitment. 
Most of SIAM’s income comes from library journal subscriptions. Electronic publishing and the open access movement will change the society’s revenue model significantly, probably within this decade. Since I joined the board in 2012, the pressure for open access of journal articles has increased, and many governments now require that publishers find ways to provide open access to articles. The funding agencies US and UK have such regulations in place. Changes such as these present a major challenge for the board and for SIAM as a whole. The board of trustees has responsibility for meeting this challenge and deciding how SIAM will operate in the future.

SIAM has opportunities to grow and better serve the community by expanding the coverage of the journals and meetings, creating new journals and SIAGs, and aggressively seeking new members. We can only pursue these opportunities if our fiscal position is strong.

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Robert V. Kohn

Professional Experience: Professor of Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University (1988-present). Previous positions: Deputy Director (1997-2000), Mathematics Department Chair (1991-1992), Associate Professor of Mathematics (1985-1988), Assistant Professor of Mathematics (1981-1985) and NSF Postdoctoral Fellow (1979-1981), all at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.

Education: PhD in Mathematics, Princeton University, 1979; MSc in Mathematics, University of Warwick, 1975; AB in Mathematics, Harvard University, 1974.

SIAM Activities: 
Member, Financial Management Committee, 2012-2017; 
Member, Board of Trustees, 2011-2016; 
Member, Major Awards Committee, 2011-2013; 
Member, Outstanding Paper Prize Selection Committee, 2013; 
Organizing Committees, SIAM Conference on Analysis of PDE (2015) and many SIAM Conferences on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science (co-chair 2010, chair 1997, member 2013, 2004, and 2000);
Chair, SIAG on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science, 2008-2010; 
Member, editorial board of Multiscale Modeling and Simulation (2002-2008); 
Selection committees for the 2009 and 2010 Von Neumann Lecturer, the 2004 and 2001 Ralph E. Kleinman Awards, and the 2003 Pioneer Prize; 
Member, SIAM Council (1997-2003); 
Member, 2nd SIAM Membership Committee (2002-2003); 
Co-Chair, Mathematics in Industry Project Phase II (1997-1999); 
Member, editorial board of SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics (1994-1997); 
Chair, 1st SIAM Membership Committee (1995-1996);
Member, Steering Committee for the Mathematics in Industry Project Phase I (1995-1997).

Professional Memberships: SIAM, American Mathematical Society, American Physical Society. SIAM Fellow since 2009, AMS Fellow since 2012.

Research Interests: Mathematical aspects of materials science; nonlinear PDE and nonconvex variational problems; applications of optimal control including machine learning and finance.

Candidate Statement: The issues facing SIAM are largely perennial. Does the rapidly-changing publishing environment call for changes in SIAM's journals? How should e-books be priced and marketed? Can we enlarge our membership by serving the community better? Is our audience becoming saturated by too many topical meetings with overlapping scope? Can we do more to encourage students to study applied or computational mathematics and help them to find jobs? Have we maximized the impact of our advocacy in Washington? Can we do more to promote communication between mathematicians within and beyond academia? Should we do more to serve the interests of our international members?

In principle, the Board of Trustees is responsible for SIAM's management, while the Council is responsible for its scientific activities and policies. In practice, the distinction is not so clear-cut. Therefore it is important for the Trustees and Council to work together to achieve our common goals.

SIAM has been my scientific home for more than 35 years. It would be an honor to serve again on its Board of Trustees.

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Randall J. LeVeque

Professional Experience: At the University of Washington since 1985; Currently Boeing Professor of Applied Mathematics, with adjunct positions in the Mathematics Department and Earth & Space Sciences; Professor of Mathematics, ETH-Zurich (1990-1991).

Education: PhD in Computer Science, Stanford, 1982; BS in Mathematics, UCSD, 1977.

SIAM Activities: 
SIAM Board of Trustees (2014-2016); 
SIAM Council (2002-2007); 
Council representative to the SIAM Board (2006-2007); 
Chair, SIAM Journals Committee (2010-2015); 
Chair, ad hoc committee on supplementary materials (2010-2012); 
Member, ad hoc committee on authors' rights (2012-2013); 
Member, ad hoc committee on journal and bibliography styles; 
SIAM Review Survey and Review Section Editor (2003-2005) and Associate Editor (2005-2009); 
Editorial board member, Fundamentals of Algorithms book series (since 2011); 
SIAM book author; 
Member, DiPrima Prize Committee (1992); 
Invited speaker, SIAM Annual Meeting (2008); 
Co-organizer, Gene Golub SIAM Summer School (2012); 
Member, Organizing Committee, SIAM CSE (2013).

Professional Memberships: Fellow of SIAM, Member of CSE and Geoscience SIAGS; Fellow of the AMS; Member of AGU.

Research Interests: Numerical analysis; nonlinear conservation laws; finite volume methods for hyperbolic PDEs; software development; geophysical hazards; reproducible research.


Candidate Statement: SIAM continues to be a vibrant and healthy organization that serves its members well, in addition to publishing a broad range of journals and organizing conferences that are important far beyond the membership. But there are always challenges to maintaining and improving the ways in which SIAM serves the community. In particular, the financial success of SIAM journals is critical to maintaining high editorial standards and to help support many of SIAM's other activities, and we should be proud that SIAM produces very high-quality journals at reasonable prices. But the scholarly publishing environment is changing rapidly regarding open access and pricing models, data and code sharing requirements, and new interactive technologies that may change the nature of scientific communication. I have had the honor of contributing to on-going discussions of these topics through my recent service on the Journals Committee and the Board, and I would welcome the opportunity to serve another term.

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Juan C. Meza

Professional Experience: Dean, School of Natural Sciences, University of California, Merced (2011-present). Previous positions: Department Head and Senior Scientist, High Performance Computing Research, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2002-2011); Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, (1995-2002); Senior Technical Advisor, Department of Energy (2000-2001); Senior Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories (1987-1995); Lecturer, Rice University (1986-1987); Research Engineer, Exxon Production Research (1980-1986).

Education: Ph.D., M.S., Rice University Computational and Applied Mathematics; M.S., Rice University, Electrical Engineering/Computer Science; B.S., Rice University, Electrical Engineering/Computer Science

SIAM Activities:
SIAM Coordinating Committee of the Joint Math Meeting (2016-2018), Chair (2016);
Associate Editor, SIAM Review Survey & Review section (2014-2016);
Chair, SIAG/OPT (2014-2017);
Member, Board of Trustees (2006-2011);
Compensation Committee (2008-2011);
SIAM Representative to ICIAM Industrial Program Committee (2011); 
Science Policy Committee (2007-2012);
Organizing Committee for SIAM Annual Meeting (2010);
Steering and Scientific Committees, SIAM/SMM/CAIMS First North American Meeting on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (2010);
Membership Committee (2002-2006);
Committee on Programs and Conferences (2001-2003);
Co-Chair, SIAM Graduate Student Focus on Diversity Day Workshop (1997,2001);
Co-Chair, SIAM 10th Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing (2001);
Organizing Committee for SIAM Annual Meeting (2000);
Editor, SIAM Activity Group in Optimization Newsletter (1996-2001);
Editor, SIAM Activity Group in Linear Algebra Electronic Newsletter (1995-1997);
Member of SIAM Activity Groups on Optimization, Computational Science and Engineering, and Supercomputing.

Professional Memberships: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association for Computing Machinery, Mathematical Optimization Society, Member and Treasurer (2010-2016), Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.

Research Interests: Nonlinear optimization; simulation-based optimization; parallel computing; computational methods for electronic structure calculations; optimization methods for modeling electric power grid reliability; machine learning algorithms; uncertainty quantification.

Candidate Statement: SIAM is the premier professional society for applied mathematics. Its greatest strengths are its members and the journals and books it publishes. I have been a member for close to 30 years since attending my first conference during graduate school. Today, I still feel that excitement in the various roles within SIAM that I participate in, especially on the Board where one can see what a vibrant and healthy organization SIAM is.

I believe that SIAM can grow and provide even more benefits for its members in coming years. One of the two areas that I would emphasize is growing our international membership, where we have made great strides in the past. The other area is to increase our industrial membership to strengthen the partnership among academicians and industrial researchers. In both of these areas, we should ask what kinds of benefits would most help those members and develop means to provide them. Another group that deserves notice is our rapidly increasing number of student members. Student chapters have been a wonderful way to attract new members and as we all know, a fantastic source of new ideas for the future. We should look into opportunities to help the chapters achieve their goals and ways to help our student members prepare for careers in applied mathematics.

Finally, I am deeply committed to increasing the participation of women and under-represented groups in applied mathematics. SIAM has always shown leadership in this area among all the professional societies that I know and I would strongly support that role.

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Andrew Wathen

Professional Experience: Professor of Computational Mathematics, Oxford University, UK (2014-present); Tutorial Fellow in Mathematics, New College (1996-present). Previous Positions: Reader in Numerical Analysis, Oxford University, UK (1997-2014); University Lecturer in Numerical Analysis, Oxford University, UK (1996-1997); Lecturer then Reader in Mathematics, Bristol University, UK (1985-1995); Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Reading University, UK (1984-1985); Postdoctoral Visitor, Stanford University, USA (1984). Visiting positions: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Memorial University, Canada (2014); Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin, USA (2014); CERFACS, Toulouse, France (2013-2014); School of Mathematics, University of New South Wales, Australia (2009 and 1993-1994); Department of Computer Science, Stanford University, USA (1991 and 1989); Department of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, USA (1986).

Education: Ph.D. in Mathematics, Reading University, UK (1984); B.A. (Honours) Mathematics, Oxford University (1980).

SIAM Activities:
Editorial Board, SIAM Review (2014-present);
Member, SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra Nominating Committee (2012);
Member, SIAM Program Committee (2010-2012);
Member, SIAM Committee on Committees and Appointments (2009-2011);
Co-chair, Organizing Committee for SIAM Annual Meeting, Denver (2009);
Co-chair, Organizing Committee for SIAM CSE conference, Costa Mesa (2007);
Member, SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra Prize Committee (2005-2006);
Chair, DiPrima Prize Committee (2003-2004);
Editorial Board, SIAM Book Series `Fundamentals of Algorithms' (2003-2007);
Member, SIAM Executive Committee (2003-2005);
Member, SIAM Council (2003-2005 and 2006-2008);
Editorial Board, SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications (2002-2010);
Editorial Board, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (2001-2009);
Member, DiPrima Prize Committee (1999-2000);
Co-founder and first Secretary and Treasurer, UK and Republic of Ireland SIAM Section (1997-1998).

Professional Memberships: SIAM

Research Interests: Scientific Computing, Numerical Linear Algebra, Numerical Methods for PDEs.


Candidate Statement: SIAM is the international Applied and Industrial Mathematics learned society. It has become an indispensable part of the global fabric of the subject whilst maintaining a positive, dynamic and forward-looking approach to journals publication, conference organisation and sponsorship and to leadership and inclusiveness in the broad area of applicable mathematics and computation.

In common with many colleagues in different parts of the world, I have a deep regard for SIAM and what it has achieved and a corresponding respect for those individuals in the society who freely give of their time and skills to maintain and energise the organisation. It is with humility therefore that when asked, I agreed to stand for election to the SIAM Board. I have no particular agenda---many things are already working very well, though I believe some could run a little better and I will try to help to achieve this---but there will be challenges to be tackled and opportunities to be seized and, if elected, I would do my best to help the society to continue to advance.

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Council Members-at-Large 


Liliana Borcea

Professional Experience: 2013-present: Peter Field Collegiate Professor of Mathematics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; 2007-2013 Noah Harding Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University; 2001-2007 Associate Professor and 1996-2001 Assistant Professor; 1996-1997 NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Applied Mathematics, Caltech. Visiting positions: Stanford University; MSRI Berkeley; IPAM UCLA; INRIA Rocquencourt, France; Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris.

Education: PhD in Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics (SCCM), Stanford University, 1996; MS in Applied Physics, University of Bucharest, Romania, 1987.

SIAM Activities: 
Member of the SIAM Council 2014-2017; 
Joint Mathematics Meeting Coordinating SIAM Committee 2015-2016 (chair in 2015); 
Chair of SIAM Imaging Science activity group 2010-2011; 
SIAM DiPrima prize committee 2011-2012; 
Chair of the AWM-SIAM Kovalevsky Lecture committee 2006-2007 and member of the committee 2005-2006; 
SIAM student travel awards committee 2004; 
SIAM Imaging Sciences Conference 2010 organizing committee; 
Editorial board of the SIAM Journal on Multiscale Modeling and Simulations and the SIAM Journal on Uncertainty Quantification. 

Professional Memberships: SIAM; SIAG Imaging Sciences.

Research Interests: Inverse problems, imaging, multi scale problems, stochastic methods with application to wave propagation and imaging in random media.

Candidate Statement: In our world of rapidly developing technological discoveries a modern and interdisciplinary approach to science is crucial for dealing with the ever growing scope and complexity of problems. Most areas of science, engineering and medicine are becoming dependent on mathematical and computational methodologies and they require a versatile generation of scientists that can move easily between disciplines. SIAM has played a key role in applied mathematics through its journals, activity groups and conferences. It has important activities such as the student chapters, dissertation and best paper prizes that encourage students to be engaged in research and to pursue careers in applied mathematics. I would like to see SIAM play an even stronger role in attracting students to our field through activities such as summer schools, in guiding the integration of applied and computational courses in mathematics departments, and in evolving applied mathematics curricula to include important areas such as stochastic analysis and statistical computational methodologies.

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Per Christian Hansen

Professional Experience: Professor of Scientific Computing, DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark (1996-present); Senior Consultant, UNI-C, Denmark (1988-1996); Research Associate, Astronomical Observatory, Copenhagen University (1985-1988).

Education: DrTechn in Scientific Computing, Technical University of Denmark, 1996; PhD in Numerical Analysis, Technical University of Denmark, 1985; MSc in Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, 1982.

SIAM Activities: 
Co-organizer of minisymposia at several SIAM meetings; 
Editor of SIMAX (2000-2006) and SISC (2014-present); 
Member of SIAM Book Committee (2014-2016).

Professional Memberships: SIAM (Fellow).

Research Interests: Numerical analysis; algorithms for inverse problems, imaging, and tomography; matrix computations and iterative regularization algorithms; subspace methods in regularization and signal processing.


Candidate Statement: Mathematics keeps evolving and expanding due to the fact that we keep facing new societal and scientific challenges, and progress in measurement technology and computing hardware enables us to model and analyze increasingly more complicated and realistic systems. SIAM provides a global network that helps the growth of mathematics and stimulates the interaction of researchers across diverse fields of mathematics and applications, with a focus that ranges from graduate students to professionals. As a SIAM Council member I would be honored to help this organization and community that has always inspired me and been part of my career.

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Misha Kilmer

Professional Experience: Chair, Tufts University Department of Mathematics, 2013-2019; Professor of Mathematics, Tufts University, 2005- Present; Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, Tufts University, 2005- Present; Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Tufts University, 1999-2005; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Tufts University, 2001-2005; Visiting Scientist, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Northeastern University, 1998-1999.

Education: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, University of Maryland, College Park, Dec. 1997; M.A. in Mathematics, Wake Forest University, May 1994; B.S. in Mathematics, Wake Forest University, May 1992.

SIAM Activities: 
Associate Editor, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (2009-present); 
Associate Editor, SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications (2012-present); 
Associate Editor, SIAM Undergraduate Research On-line (2009-2013).
Organizing Committee member SIAM AN 2012; 
Organizing Committee Member SIAM IS 2012; 
Organizing Committee Member SIAM CSE 2009; 
Organizing Committee Member SIAM ALA 2009;
SIAG/LA Secretary (2003-2006);
SIAG/LA Nominating Committee (2006 (Chair), 2009,2012);
SIAG/LA Best Paper Prize Committee (2015);
SIAM representative to the SIAM/AWM Sonia Kovalesky Lecture Committee (2007-2008);
Career Panelist, SIAM Annual Meeting (2016);
Co-organizer, Session on Career Development, SIAM AN (2008) and SIAM CS&E (2009); 
Panelist, Computational Science and Engineering Education, SIAM CSE (2009);
SIAM Tufts Student Chapter Faculty Advisor (2004-2009); 
SIAM/COMAP MCM Tufts team co-advisor/trainer (2010-2011).

Professional Memberships: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, SIAM Activity Group Member: Computational Science and Engineering, Linear Algebra, Imaging Science. Association for Women in Mathematics.

Research Interests: Numerical Linear/Multilinear Algebra, Inverse Problems, Scientific Computing.

Candidate Statement: The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics has built, and continues to support through its conferences and high quality publications, a broad community of researchers in applied mathematics, engineering and computational science. The increasing numbers of new journals and journal submissions, and increased conference attendance, and increasing numbers of student chapters is a testament to the wide range of research interests served by the Society and its strengths as an organization. As a member of the Council, I would be particularly interested in investigating how these increases could be better translated into increasing SIAM’s non-student membership base. To the extent possible, I would also be engaged in efforts aimed at continuing and strengthening SIAM’s outreach to students at all levels and encouraging diverse participation in SIAM and in professional enhancement opportunities for early and mid-career researchers. It would be a privilege to work with SIAM’s leadership team in maintaining its signature strengths and in growing SIAM’s national and international membership base and visibility.

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Paul Milewski

Professional Experience: Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath (UK) (2011-present). Previous positions: Professor (2003-2011), Associate Professor (1999-2003), Assistant Professor (1995-1999); Department of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA); Gabor Szego Assistant Professor (1993-1995), Department of Mathematics, Stanford University; Special Visiting Professor (2013-present), Instituto Nacional de Matematica Pura e Aplicada (IMPA, Brazil); Visiting Professor (2008-2009), Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan (France); Visiting Professor (2001-2002), University of Victoria (Canada).

Education: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (1993) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA; MSc (1989) and B. Sc. (1988) in Aerospace Engineering, Boston University, USA.

SIAM Activities: 
Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures SIAG Program Director (2013-14);
Joint Chair SIAM NWCS Meeting (2014, Cambridge, UK); 
Organiser Joint AMS-IMS-SIAM Conference on Dispersive Wave Turbulence (Mount Holyoke, USA, 2000); 
Organiser of several Minisymposia at NWCS and Snowbird DS conferences.

Research Interests: Fluid Mechanics; Nonlinear Waves; Mathematical Biology; Student training in Mathematics-Industrial collaborations.

Candidate Statement: I would be honoured and grateful to be able to contribute to the SIAM Council. SIAM is the largest and most prominent international organisation that can foster, and be an advocate for, the full breadth of applications of mathematics. It should continue to grow and adapt by
(i) Maintaining the breadth and quality of its journals, activity groups and conferences while adapting to new models of communications and publishing.
(ii) Expanding its efforts in attracting diverse and talented young people into the applied mathematical sciences.
(iii) Strengthening its international visibility, by advocating for industrial and applied mathematics in parts of the world where these fields are less developed.
(iv) Promoting the message to governments that applications of mathematics are at the root of much of our modern prosperity.

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Helen Moore

Professional Experience: Associate Director (2014-present), Quantitative Clinical Pharmacology, Bristol-Myers Squibb; Senior Scientific Consultant (2010-2014), Senior Scientist (2009-2010), Pharsight, A Certara Company; Modeling and Simulation Scientist (2006-2008), Genentech; Associate Director (2002-2006), American Institute of Mathematics; Lecturer (1999-2002), Visiting Assistant Professor (1998-1999), Department of Mathematics, Stanford University; Assistant Professor (1995-1999), Department of Mathematics, Bowdoin College.

Education: Ph.D., Mathematics, Stony Brook University (1995); B.S. Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1989).

SIAM Activities: 
Member, Selection Committee for the AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture, 2016-present;
Member, Industry Committee 2012-2014;
Member, Committee on Programs and Conferences 2010-2015;
Organizing Committee Member, Mathematics for Industry Meeting 2009;
Organizing Committee Co-chair, Mathematics for Industry Meeting 2007.

Professional Memberships: SIAM (Dynamical Systems SIAG, Control and Systems Theory SIAG), Society for Mathematical Biology, Association for Women in Mathematics, International Society of Pharmacometrics, American Mathematical Society, Association for Women in Science.

Research Interests: Systems differential equation modeling, control theory, constrained optimization, machine learning, nonlinear mixed effects modeling, oncology.


Candidate Statement: With half of my career spent in industry, I have a strong interest in academic/industry interactions. In industry, it can be challenging to find job candidates with the mathematical and other quantitative backgrounds we are looking for. Yet I frequently encounter mathematics graduate students who are interested in industry, and have been trying to find out how to prepare for such jobs. In addition to helping individual students who reach out, we can support and increase efforts as a society to communicate information about opportunities outside of academia. SIAM is uniquely positioned to play this role, due to strong participation by academic, industry, and government partners. By offering formal programs, we are inclusive of everyone interested, and we help support diverse groups in their career goals. Such offerings can range from conference sessions addressing coursework expectations, to articles featuring applications of mathematics outside of academia.

Helping student members and fostering academic connections with industry and labs also provides an opportunity to demonstrate the value of SIAM to these partners. Examples of innovative, relevant mathematical applications can encourage senior management support of conference participation and publication by their own employees. Conversely, this aids in the recruitment of future talent with strong backgrounds to non-academic workplaces.

Overall, this is an exciting time for SIAM! Successful SIAM programs, including our conferences and journals, are being transformed by technology. Conferences post slides and videos of key talks. Journals publish articles online, often with open access. Online content viewers create dialogues in comment sections. It will take creativity and forward thinking to find the opportunities in these changes, and to maintain our leadership in the field.

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Felix Otto

Professional Experience: Director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig (2010-present); Honorary Professor for 'Analysis and Mathematical Modelling', University of Leipzig (2010-present); Managing director of the cluster of excellence `Hausdorff Center for Mathematics', University of Bonn (2006-2009); Speaker SFB 611 'Singular phenomena and scaling in mathematical models' University of Bonn (2002-2006); Full Professor, University of Bonn (1999-2010); Full Professor (tenure), University of California at Santa Barbara (1998-1999); Assistant Professor (tenure track), University of California at Santa Barbara (1997-1998).

Education: PhD, Mathematics, University of Bonn (1993); Diploma, Mathematics, University of Bonn (1990)

SIAM Activities: 
SIAM Council (2014-present);
Executive committee of the SIAM Council (elected in 2014);
SIAM Activity Group on Materials Science - Program Director (2011-2013);
SIAM Nominating Committee (2011-2012);
SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science in Philadelphia, Organizing Committee Co-chair (2013);
SIAM Conference on Analysis of Partial Differential Equations, San Diego, Organizing Committee (2011);
SIAM Journal for Multiscale Modeling and Simulation (2002-2008).

Professional Memberships: Academy of Science of the State of Nordrhein-Westfalen; German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina; Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities; Academia Europaea; Association of German Mathematicians (DMV); International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM); SIAM.

Research Interests: My main expertise is in the applied analysis of partial differential equations and in the calculus of variations. Important themes are pattern formation, energy landscapes and scaling laws. I have worked on flow in porous media, on demixing processes, and on micromagnetics.


Candidate Statement: In my opinion, SIAM should continue to play a role for applied mathematicians also outside of the US - to their benefit, but also to the benefit of a global perspective for those working in the US. Especially in this respect SIAM's well-run and well-attended conferences are crucial; it is important to keep their high scientific level while being open to new communities. For me, the definition of “applied mathematics” is a broad one; it is important to be stimulated by new experimental insight, for instance, as well as to explore new theoretical concepts and so keep in touch with the rest of mathematics.

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Martin Wechselberger

Professional Experience: Professor, School of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Sydney, Australia (2015-present); Associate Professor, School of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Sydney, Australia (2012-2014); Senior Lecturer, School of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Sydney, Australia (2008-2011); Lecturer, School of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Sydney, Australia (2005-2007); Postdoctoral Researcher, Mathematical Biosciences Institute, Ohio State University, USA (2002-2005); Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Applied Mathematics, TU Vienna, Austria (2000-2002).

Education: PhD in Mathematics, Vienna University of Technology, Austria (1998); MSc (Diplom) in Mathematics, Vienna University of Technology, Austria (1996).

SIAM Activities: 
Co-chair, SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems (2017), Snowbird, USA;
J. D. Crawford Prize selection committee member (2013), SIAM - Dynamical Systems activity group;
Advisory board member (2010-2011), SIAM - Dynamical Systems activity group;
Portal-Editor-in-Chief (2008-2009), DSWeb, the electronic portal of the SIAM Dynamical Systems activity group; 
Co-organiser, Australia and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM) Conference (2008), Katoomba, Australia.

Professional Memberships: Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), Dynamical Systems activity group (SIAG/DS), Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS), Australia and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM) division.

Research Interests: Dynamical Systems, Mathematical Neuroscience, Geometric Singular Perturbation Theory, Canards


Candidate Statement: SIAM is undoubtedly the voice of applied mathematics. While it has a considerable international impact, the Society's aim must be to become a true `global brand'. This entails stronger representation and engagement of regions/continents outside North America and Europe on all levels of SIAM activities. An important step in this process is to recruit and elect representatives from Africa, Asia, Australasia/Oceania, and South America. This will ensure that the voices of these underrepresented regions will be heard at SIAM Council, and it will help to build a global SIAM network and a brand visible to many young enthusiastic students, academics and industry partners around the world with an interest in applied mathematics.

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Ya-Xiang Yuan

Professional Experience: Professor (1988 to present) at Chinese Academy of Science (CAS); Director of Institute of Computational Mathematics and Scientific/Engineering Computing of CAS (1995-2006); Director of State Key Laboratory of Scientific and Engineering Computing (1997-2005); Vice President of Academy of Math and Systems Science of CAS (1998-2006); Humboldt Fellow, Wuerzburg University (1992-1993); Visiting member, Northwestern University (1991.3-1991.8) and University of Colorado at Boulder (1990.9-1991.2); Rutherford Research Fellow, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge (1985-1988).

Education: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, University of Cambridge, 1986; B.Sc. in Computational Mathematics, Xiangtan University, 1981.

SIAM Activities: 
Member of Organizing Committee of SIAM Optimization Conference (2005, Stockholm); 
Associate Editor of SIAM Journal on Optimization (2007-2015); 
Member of Scientific Committee of ICIAM 2007 and ICIAM 2015;
Faculty Adviser of SIAM CAS Student Chapter (2011-present); 
Plenary Speaker of ICIAM-1999 (Edinburgh, UK);
Organizer of minisymposia at several SIAM Optimization conferences and ICIAMs.

Professional Memberships: President of Chinese Mathematical Society (2016-2019); Vice President of China Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (2000-2008); President of Operational Research Society of China (2004-2012); Vice President of International Federation of Operational Research (2013-2015); Fellow of SIAM; Fellow of American Mathematical Society; Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences; Corresponding Member of Brazilian Academy of Sciences; Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries(TWAS).

Research Interests: Optimization, numerical analysis, operational research


Candidate Statement: Academic societies are of fundamental importance in promoting internationalization of science and technology. By facilitating conversation and collaboration worldwide, academic societies help promote intellectual diversity that underlines scientific advancement, especially in the developing world. I believe, as a leading community in industrial and applied mathematics, SIAM is well-positioned to expand its global reach and promote academic development around the world.

From my own personal perspective, I helped establish the first SIAM student chapter in China (in 2011). Since then, the chapter has enjoyed a rapid expansion in terms of membership and activities. As a SIAM council member from a developing country, I would seek to help the organization make a more prominent and permanent impact, and promote international collaborations between SIAM and similar societies in developing countries, particularly those in Asia-Pacific region. 

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