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Plenary Speakers

Prof. John A. Burns

Virginia Tech

John Burns is the Hatcher Professor of Mathematics at Virginia Tech and the Technical Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Mathematics. He has published over 140 research papers on computational methods for identification, design, optimization and control of systems governed by partial and functional differential equations. He has applied his research to a wide variety of areas including fluid dynamics, smart materials, large space structures, nano-devices, aerodynamics, mathematical biology and control of energy efficient buildings. Dr. Burns received The W. T. and Idelia Reid Prize in 2010 in recognition of his "fundamental contributions in computational methods for, and applications in, the control, design, and optimization of infinite dimensional dynamical systems." Dr. Burns has served as vice president of SIAM, as chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Systems and Control and has been a Fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) since 2001 and a Fellow of SIAM since 2013.

Prof. Irene M. Gamba

The University of Texas at Austin

Irene Martinez Gamba is a Professor in Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the holder of the W.A. Tex Moncreif, Jr. Chair in Computational Engineering and Sciences III and a core Member of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas, Austin, where she leads the Applied Mathematics Group. Dr. Gamba has served as Chair and Program Director of the SIAM Activity Group on the Analysis of Partial Differential Equations (APDE). She has served on the editorial board of several journals and is currently an editor for the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, the Journal of Mathematical Fluid Dynamics, and SIAM Journal on Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, and is an Advisory Board member for Springer Graduate Texts in Mathematics (GTM) Series, among others. In addition, she has authored more than 120 research articles. In addition to her current position at ICES, Professor Gamba has received numerous other honors and awards including being in the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (2013), a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (2012) (Class 12), and a recipient of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship at Kyoto University, Japan (2013). She gave the S. Kovalevski lecture award in the SIAM 2014 annual conference in Chicago, The Boeing Distinguished Colloquia, University of Washington at Seattle (2015), and the SIAM invited lecture at the JMM2017 conference last year in Atlanta.

Prof. Max Gunzburger

Florida State University

Max D. Gunzburger is the Francis Eppes Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Florida State University and a computational scientist affiliated with the Florida State interdisciplinary Department of Scientific Computing. He was the 2008 winner of the SIAM W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize in Mathematics. His seminal research contributions include flow control, finite element analysis, superconductivity and Voronoi tessellations. He has also made contributions in the areas of aerodynamics, materials, acoustics, climate change, groundwater, image processing and risk assessment. After completing his BS degree at New York University in 1966, Gunzburger earned his Ph.D. degree from the same University in 1969. His thesis, titled Diffraction of shock waves by a thin wing—Symmetric and anti-symmetric problems, was written under the direction of Prof. Lu Ting. Gunzburger began his career at New York University as a research scientist and assistant professor of mathematics, a position he held from receiving his Ph.D. until 1971. He then spent two years working as a post-doctorate at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory before transferring to the Institute for Computer Applications in Science and Engineering at NASA until 1976. He then became an associate professor and professor of mathematics at the University of Tennessee, a position he held from 1976 to 1982. Transferring again, he moved from Carnegie Mellon University in 1981 to 1989, to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University from 1987 to 1997. In 1989 he completed his influential first book, "Finite Element Methods for Viscous Incompressible Flows: A Guide to Theory, Practice and Algorithms," ISBN 978-0-12-307350-1, which according to Google scholar has over 1000 citations as of June 2019. In 1995, Gunzburger took a position with Iowa State University as professor and chair of mathematics.[2] In 2001, he was awarded distinguished professor of mathematics. At Iowa State he wrote three other books. Gunzburger came to the Florida State University in 2002. As an Eppes professor, Gunzburger is among the university's most distinguished scholars. He most recently served as the chair of the Department of Scientific Computing. Gunzburger served as editor-in-chief of the SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis from 2000 to 2007. He also served as the chairman of the board of trustees in 2003 and has held various other SIAM positions. In 2007, issues 3-4 in volume 4 of the "International Journal of Numerical Analysis and Modeling" were dedicated to Gunzburger to honor the occasion of his 60th birthday. In 2008, Gunzburger was awarded the W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize in Mathematics, an award given for "research in, or other contributions to, the broadly defined areas of differential equations and control theory." The award was given based on "fundamental contributions to control of distributed parameter systems and computational mathematics." Gunzbuger was elected a fellow of SIAM on May 1, 2009 for "contributions to control of fluids and scientific computing.


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