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IMA Milestones

For nearly 30 years, the IMA has been the leader in developing transformative mathematical research, strengthening and broadening the workforce engaged in mathematics and its applications, communicating and advocating the value of mathematics in our world, and providing an engaging environment conducive to multidisciplinary collaboration and research. Below are many of the historical milestones and achievements of the institute since its establishment in 1982.

2010
  • NSF awards the IMA continued funding for 2010–2015
2009
  • IMA received one-time funding for five new postdoctoral fellows as part of an NSF initiative to create jobs for talented young mathematicians
  • IMA creates new Diversity Database to inform, recruit, and invite a more diverse group of participants to be a part of the IMA and its programs
  • IMA launches first major international partnership with the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences
  • IMA launches new branding campaign, “Math Is the Answer”
2008
  • Fadil Santosa becomes the IMA Director in July 2008.
  • Live streaming video of lectures made available on IMA’s website
2006
  • 2006 Blackwell-Tapia Conference held, highlighting 2006 Blackwell-Tapia prize to William A. Massey, Princeton University
  • NSF Mathematical Sciences Institute launches web portal (http://www.mathinstitutes.org/)
2005
  • NSF announces record funding for the IMA in the amount of a $19.5 million renewal for 2005–2010
  • Third IMA Career Workshop on Minorities and Applied Mathematics
  • Career Options for Women in Mathematical Sciences Workshop
2004
  • Formation of the Local Advisory Board, charged with increasing awareness of the IMA at the University of Minnesota and nearby colleges
2003
2002
2001
  • Douglas N. Arnold appointed Director Minorities and Applied Mathematics—Connections to Industry and Government Laboratories Workshop held, May 2001
  • Minorities and Applied Mathematics—Connections to Industry and Government Laboratories Workshop held, May 2001
2000
  • After a successful recompetition, IMA continues under new cooperative agreement.
  • Connecting Women in Mathematical Sciences to Industry Conference held, co-sponsored by the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), leading to the formation of the AWM Mentor Network
1999
  • McKnight Seminar in the Mathematical Biosciences inaugurated
1998
1997
  • First software benchmarking websites (PDE, Automatic Differentiation)
  • Willard Miller appointed Director
1996
1994
  • Industrial Math Modeling Workshops established (redesigned in 1998)
1993
1992
1991
  • First non-US based Industrial Postdoc position (Siemens)
  • First European-based PC joins (Siemens)
  • First international cosponsored workshop (INRIA, France)
1990
  • Industrial Advisory Committee established
  • Summer program for PI graduate students begins
  • First non-US based PI joins (University of Manitoba)
  • First non-US based PC joins (Hitachi)
  • IMA tutorial workshop for PIs: ``Connecting to Industry''
1989
  • The IMA Conference Hall and Reception Room opens
  • First "hands-on'' computer algebra workshop
  • First "hands-on'' supercomputer workshop
  • First Industry Day program
  • IMA launches the Industrial Postdoc Program
1988
1987
1986
1984
1982
  • Institute for Mathematics and its Applications established
  • First Annual Thematic Program on Continuum and Statistical Approaches to Phase Transition held
  • First Director: Hans Weinberger
  • Industrial Advisory Panel established
  • Participating Institutions program begins with 10 schools
  • IMA’s first program held on the area of Mathematics of Materials; IMA is widely credited for its major role in the development of this field
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