ICIAM Announces 2015 ICIAM Prizes

    The International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) has announced the winners of the five ICIAM prizes for 2015.

    about the prizes

    Prize winners are selected by the ICIAM Prize Committee.
    The members of the Committee for the 2015 Prizes were:

    Barbara Lee Keyfitz (chair) Takashi Kako
    Philippe Ciarlet Donatella Marini
    L. Pamela Cook Felix Otto

    Collatz

    The Collatz Prize was established to provide international recognition to individual scientists for outstanding work on industrial and applied mathematics. A recipient’s 42nd birthday must not occur before 1 January of the year in which the prize is presented. 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 subcommittee for the 2015 ICIAM Collatz Prize was:

    Donatella Marini (chair) Mete Soner
    Tom Hou Andrew Stuart
    Hisashi Okamoto Steve Wright

    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.

    Lagrange

    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.

    The subcommittee for the 2015 ICIAM Lagrange Prize was:

    Felix Otto (chair) Endre Süli
    Peter Constantin Jean Taylor
    Jesus Sanz-Serna Juan Velazquez.

    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, along with 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.

    Maxwell

    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 ICIAM member society 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 subcommittee for the 2015 ICIAM Maxwell Prize was:

    Pam Cook(chair) Amiya K.Pani
    José A. Cuminato Benoît Perthame
    Jorge Moré Christoph Schwab

    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 dfferential equations. His original work on constant mean curvature surfaces, periodic solutions for nonlinear wave equations, nonlinear ellipticequations with critical Sobolev exponents and harmonic maps for nematic liquid crystals has had a major impact in these fields.

    Pioneer

    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 subcommittee for the 2015 ICIAM Maxwell Prize was:

    Takashi Kako (chair) Giovanni Gallavotti
    Marsha Berger Ulrich Langer
    Michael Dellnitz Dianne O’Leary

    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 Math ematics 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.

    Su Buchin

    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 subcommittee for the 2015 ICIAM Su Buchin Prize was:

    Philippe Ciarlet (chair) George Dinca
    Susanne Brenner Mythily Ramaswamy
    Raymond Chan

    The 2015 ICIAM Su Buchin Prize is awarded to Li Tatsien, Fudan University, Shanghai in recognition of his outstanding contributions to applied mathematics and to the dissemination of mathematical sciences in developing countries. Li Ta-tsien is a professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Fudan University.

    Not only is Li Ta-tsien 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 farsighted 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.

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