Thomas Yizhao Hou, Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematices at the California Institute of Technology and IMA Board of Governors member has been elected to the 2011 American Academy of Arts and Sciences class of fellows. He joins one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy studies of science and technology policy, global security, social policy and American institutions, the humanities, and education. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 1, at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) was founded in l954 as a scientific, engineering, and professional organization dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practice of systems and control in engineering. The Society has more than 10,000 members world-wide.
The Industrial Advisory Board is an important source of input, oversight, and communications between the IMA and participating corporations. Samad has been been visiting the IMA since at least 1995 and was an organizer for the Evolutionary Algorithims program in October of 1996.
Two postdoctoral researchers from the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) have been awarded prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships. The awards, announced February 17, provide more than $6 million to 118 early career researchers. The two recipients, Gerard Awanou, now a faculty member at Northern Illinois University, and Chiu-Yen Kao, now at Ohio State University, spent two years at the IMA developing their research. They join ten other IMA postdoctoral researchers who have also won the prize since 1988: Jared Bronski, 2001; Li-Tien Cheng, 2004; David C. Dobson, 1997; Selim Esedoglu, 2007; Trachette Li Jackson, 2003; Xiantao Li, 2008; Sergey Lototsky, 2002; John Stembridge, 1990; Bernd Sturmfels, 1991; Ruth J. Williams, 1988.
Sloan Fellowship winners are faculty members at 61 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada who are conducting research at the frontiers of physics, chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, and neuroscience.
"The success of the IMA postdoctoral researchers shows they are benefiting from this vibrant environment as they begin their careers,” says Fadil Santosa, director of the IMA. "They have such great opportunities here to study new fields, develop their own research, and to interact with the world's top experts. Our postdocs leave the IMA well prepared to contribute to mathematical research."
The Sloan Research Fellowships have been awarded since 1955, initially in only three scientific fields: physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Since then, 38 Sloan Research Fellows have gone on to win the Nobel Prize in their fields; and 14 have received the Fields Medal, the top honor in mathematics. Although Sloan Research Fellowships in economics only began in 1983, Sloan Fellows have subsequently accounted for 8 of the 13 winners of the John Bates Clark Medal, generally considered the top honor for young economists.
Grants of $50,000 for a two-year period are administered by each Fellow’s institution. Once chosen, Sloan Research Fellows are free to pursue whatever lines of inquiry are of most interest to them, and they are permitted to employ Fellowship funds in a wide variety of ways to further their research aims. For a complete list of winners, visit: http://www.sloan.org/fellowships/page/19.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grant making institution based in New York City. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation, the Foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance. Further information: http://www.sloan.org/.
Dr. Meza received the award as a result of his exceptionally distinguished record as a mathematical scientist, an accomplished and effective head of a large department doing cutting-edge explorations in the computational sciences, computational mathematics, and future technologies, and a role model and active advocate for others from groups under-represented in the mathematical sciences.
Dr. Meza served on the IMA Board of Governors from January 1999 to December 2001. He has also provided scientific leadership to the IMA by organizing workshops, most recently, the September 2008 workshop on Electronic Structures.
For more information on the 2008 Blackwell-Tapia Conference, go to: http://www.samsi.info.
The Board of Governors consists of 15 distinguished mathematical scientists from academia, industry, and government laboratories. It provides oversight and direction for all major aspects of the organization.
Wright is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She completed her doctoral degree in computer science at Stanford University in 1976 and stayed here until 1988. Between 1988 and 2000, she worked at Bell Laboratories and then moved on to the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University in 2001 as Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department.
NSF announces record funding for the IMA
The IMA has been awarded a $19.5 million renewal grant by the National Science Foundation for the period 2005-2010, the largest single research investment in mathematics ever made by NSF. NSF math director William Rundell made the announcement at the IMA on July 20, 2005.
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