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IIT at the Annual Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Conference

The applied mathematics department had a substantial presence at the annual SIAM conference in July at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, organizing several minisymposia highlighting the department’s recent research.

This research included advances in krylov and extended krylov subspace methods; numerical methods in PDE I; and reliable computational science. Faculty participants included Fred Hickernell, chair and professor; Greg Fasshauer, assistant chair and professor; Jinqiao Duan and Xiaofan Li, professors; and Shuwang Li, associate professor. Alumni participants included Xingye Kan (Ph.D. ‘12), postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA) in Minneapolis, Minn.; and Michael McCourt (AMAT ’07), and visiting assistant professor at Colorado University-Denver.

The conference included presentations of collaborative work done with other scholars and applied math faculty and students.

One of those presentations was the lecture “Growth, Patterning and Control in Non-Equilibrium System,” which won the Julian Cole Lectureship Award. The lecture was based on the longtime collaborative work of Professor John Lowengrub at the University of California, Irvine with Associate Professor Shuwang Li and experimentalists at the Liquid Crystal Institute, together with some recent joint work with Professor Xiaofan Li and alumnus Amlan Barua (AMAT Ph.D. ‘12). The Cole award is presented by SIAM every four years for an outstanding contribution to the solution of challenging problems in science or engineering, or the development of mathematical methods to solve the problems.

Following the conference, the Department of Applied Mathematics hosted a dinner for SIAM speakers, friends, and students at the Pritzker Club in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center.

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