Irene Fonseca Elected the President of the SIAM

 Irene Fonseca

Irene Fonseca, the Mellon College of Science Professor of Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University and faculty member of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal program, has been elected president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

“It was a privilege to be elected the president of the SIAM, most of all because of the new challenges that different areas like engineering, technology, sciences and even the general society are facing today,” said Irene Fonseca. The SIAM is the biggest world organization for Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, with more than 13,000 individual members and almost 500 institutional members.

Irene Fonseca considers that this organization must have “a very important leadership role in leading and increasing innovative interdisciplinary research beyond the mathematic traditional frontiers, and in preparing a new generation of mathematicians to be able to connect and to do networking in international partnerships.” So, Fonseca feels that SIAM is well positioned to assume this role, through its publications, conferences, and with the growth of its activity groups (SIAGs).

Fonseca expects that “SIAM will be strongly engaged with the existing cooperation’s and will be able to assist the dialogue between the mathematical sciences from the academic world with the industry and the laboratories, i.e. computer science and researchers in traditional areas considered pure mathematic.”

Irene Fonseca is the coordinator of the dual degree doctoral program in Applied Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University, in the scope of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program. Fonseca is also advisor of several doctoral students and post-docs, and is the principal investigator at Carnegie Mellon of the Math Project Thin Structures, Homogenization and Multi Phase Problems, carried out in the framework of the partnerships Carnegie Mellon Portugal and the UT Austin Portugal.

Since 1998 Fonseca has served as the director of the Center for Nonlinear Analysis, at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. She is the principal investigator of the network research PIRE (Partnership for International Research and Education) "Science at the Triple Point Between Mathematics, Mechanics and Materials Science". She is a member of several "editorial boards", and she is part of several "advisory boards" e committees, namely she is a member of the Portuguese Higher Education Agency for Evaluation and Accreditation.

December 2011

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