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 |

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.