Inspired by the vision that applied mathematics should
play an important role in advancing science and technology in
industry, as may group of professionals from academe and
industry met in Philadelphia in 1951 to start an organization
whose members would meet periodically to exchange ideas about
the uses of mathematics in industry. This meeting led quickly
to the organization of the Society for Industrial and Applied
The goals of SIAM were to:
These goals haven't changed; they are more valid today than ever
- Advance the application of mathematics to science
- Promote mathematical research that could lead to effective
new methods and techniques
for science and industry.
- Provide media for the exchange of information and ideas
engineers, and scientists.
Applied mathematics, in partnership with computing, has become
essential in solving many real-world problems. Its
methodologies are needed, for example, in modeling physical,
chemical, and biomedical phenomena; in designing engineered
parts, structures, and systems to optimize performance; in
planning and managing financial and marketing strategies; and in
understanding and optimizing manufacturing processes.
Problems in these areas arise in companies that manufacture
aircraft, automobiles, engines, textiles, computers,
communications systems, chemicals, drugs, and a host of other
industrial and consumer products, and also in various service
and consulting organizations. They also arise in many research
initiatives of the federal government such as those in global
change, biotechnology, and advanced materials.
SIAM fosters the development of the methodologies needed in
these application areas. It is fitting that the acronym SIAM
also represents the society's slogan - Science and Industry
Advance with Mathematics.
Just as applied mathematics has grown, so has SIAM membership
from a few hundred in the early 1950s to more than 9,000 today.
SIAM members are applied and computational mathematicians,
computer scientists, numerical analysts, engineers,
statisticians, and mathematics educators. They work in
industrial and service organizations, universities, colleges,
and government agencies and laboratories all over the world. In
addition, SIAM has over 300 institutional members - colleges,
universities, and corporations.
To serve this diverse group of professionals:
- SIAM publishes ten peer-reviewed research journals; SIAM
News, a newsjournal reporting on issues and developments
affecting the applied and computational mathematics community;
SIAM Review, a quarterly journal of expository and survey
papers; and about 20 books per year.
- SIAM conducts annual meetings and many specialized
conferences, short courses, and workshops in areas of interest
to its members.
- SIAM sponsors nine (special interest) activity groups, which
provide additional opportunities for professional interaction
and informal networking.
- SIAM sponsors regional sections for local technical
activities and university (student) chapters that bring faculty
and students together in activities consistent with SIAM
objectives. SIAM's Visiting Lecturer Program helps bring
together speakers with interested groups to educate and spark
interest in a variety of topics.
SIAM offers three types of membership - individual, academic,
and corporate. It welcomes as members all individuals,
colleges, universities, corporations, and other organizations
that desire to support its goals.
SIAM offers its members many opportunities to exchange ideas and
expand their network of
colleagues. All individual members have voting privileges.
- Regular members receive SIAM News, SIAM
Review and member discounts on SIAM
books, journals, and conference registration fees.
- Student members have the same privileges as
regular members, but at student rates.
- Other individual memberships are available
to associates (spouses of regular members), and to members who
are retired, disabled, or unemployed.
- Colleges, universities, and their departmental units receive
a selection of SlAM journals that matches their needs, and
discounts on purchases of SIAM books; they have the opportunity
to nominate students for membership in SIAM and to have student
- Industrial and service organizations receive subscriptions
to all SIAM journals; they have the opportunity to purchase
additional journal subscriptions and SIAM books at corporate
SIAM invites the faculties of its academic members to organize
student chapters. Activities include local meetings on topics
in engineering, computing, and applied mathematics; tours of
industrial laboratories; and team projects such as undergraduate
SIAM encourages the formation of sections consisting of members
residing in a geographic area. Sections organize their own
one- and two-day meetings. Some sections involve nearby
university chapters in their meetings.
The members of a SIAM activity group share an interest in a
discipline or applications area. There currently are activity
These groups plan their own activities, e.g., conferences,
minisymposia at SIAM's conferences and Annual Meeting, and
newsletters (hard copy and/or e-mail), and have SIAM staff
support in implementing them.
- Control and Systems Theory
- Discrete Mathematics
- Dynamical Systems
- Geometric Design
- Linear Algebra
- Orthogonal Polynomials and Special Functions
SIAM has a comprehensive publishing program in applied and
computational mathematics. In addition to SIAM News
and SIAM Review, SIAM publishes ten peer-reviewed
SIAM currently has seven book series:
- SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics
- SIAM Journal on Computing
- SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
- SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics
- SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis
- SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications
- SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis
- SIAM Journal on Optimization
- SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing
- Theory of Probability and Its Applications
In addition to these series, SIAM offers a collection of
tutorials, handbooks, and textbooks.
- Classics in Applied Mathematics - books
that were previously allowed to go out of print. These books
are republished by SIAM as a professional service because they
continue to be important resources for mathematical
- Frontiers in Applied Mathematics monographs
on methodologies in practical computing, applied mathematics,
and statistics for problem-solving.
- Studies in Applied Mathematics - research
volumes on the state of a field of applied and computational
- CBMS-NSF Regional Conference Series in Applied
Mathematics - monographs derived from one week lecture
series given by mathematicians on topics of current research
interest (sponsored by the Conference Board of the Mathematical
Sciences with the support of the National Science
- Proceedings in Applied Mathematics
proceedings of selected SIAM conferences and those of other
organizations on topics in computational and applied mathematics
and computer science.
- ASA-SIAM Series on Statistics and Applied
Probability - a joint series of monographs, tutorials,
and textbooks on topics of interest to members of SIAM and the
American Statistical Association.
- SIAM Monographs in Science and Engineering-
monographs to introduce mathematical techniques and developments
to mathematicians, computer scientists, natural scientists, and
Complete information on all SIAM books can be found through
gopher.siam.org or through the World Wide Web at
SIAM conferences focus on timely topics in applied and
computational mathematics and applications such as ocean and
climate modeling, parallel processing in information retrieval,
materials processing, computational biology, and computer-aided
design. SIAM conferences provide a place for members to
exchange ideas and to meet with and expand their network of
The SIAM Annual Meeting is a week-long event that brings to the
membership a broad array of invited presentations, minisymposia,
contributed papers, and short courses.
The Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, which is sponsored by
the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association
of America, and SIAM, has a Washington office to foster
communication between the various agencies and officials of the
federal government and the constituencies of the three
societies, and to increase public understanding of the role and
importance of the mathematical sciences.
SIAM has developed new programs to bring into focus for its
members the importance of the many real problems facing
government and industry, and to stimulate their interest in the
mathematical and computational methodologies that apply. These
- The SIAM Forum on Industrial and Applied
Mathematics - an annual meeting of representatives of
academe, government, and industry. Participants exchange ideas
on many issues the SIAM constituency is likely to face in the
years ahead, such as the requirements for success in applied and
computational mathematics in industry and the improvement of
educational programs to match the requirements of industry.
SIAM provides an e-mail network to Forum participants that
enables them to exchange ideas and views between meetings.
- Mathematics that Counts - a continuing
series of articles in SIAM News based on results in applied and
computational mathematics research that have led, for example,
to increased productivity, improvements in product design, and
solutions to problems related to health and the environment.
- Mathematics in Industry - a study of the
industrial environment for applied and computational
mathematicians that will lead to recommendations for improving
the match of graduate education to the needs of industry and to
efforts to increase the receptiveness of industrial managers to
using mathematical and computational methodologies.
PRIZES AND AWARDS
SIAM sponsors The John von Neumann Lecture and the I.E. Block
Lecture Series at its Annual Meeting and conducts an extensive
prize program to recognize outstanding applied mathematicians
and students. Prizes include the Richard C. DiPrima Prize,
George Polya Prize, W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize, Theodore von
Karman Prize, James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and
Scientific Computing, SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to
the Profession, SIAM Award in the Mathematical Contest in
Modeling, SIAM Student Paper Prize, SIAM Activity Group on
Linear Algebra Prize, and SIAM Activity Group on Optimization
SIAM also co-sponsors the George David Birkhoff and Norbert
Wiener Prizes with the American Mathematical Society and the
George B. Dantzig Prize with the Mathematical Programming
SIAM, with a staff of more than 50 full- and part-time
employees, occupies 15,000 square feet on the sixth floor at
3600 University City Science Center in Philadelphia, PA.
The staff is organized by function - Conferences, Editorial,
Production and Technology
Development, SIAM News, Acquisitions, Marketing,
Information Systems, Accounting, Warehousing and Shipping,
Customer Services, and the office of the Executive Director.
SIAM staff administers the peer review process for the more than
1900 manuscripts submitted annually to SIAM journals, and
performs the tasks of copy editing and production for those
accepted for publication. Similar tasks are performed for the
publication of about 20 books annually.
SIAM staff implements and manages seven to ten conferences and
meetings each year, fills orders for its members and customers,
and performs all the functions required in support of its prize
program, it sections, chapters, and activity groups, its
committees, and its relations with other societies.
SIAM has a computer-based system for transaction processing and
marketing, and extensive office systems for internal and
external applications, including desktop publishing, TeX
manuscript processing, and a local area network linked to the
Internet. Every staff member is accessible to SIAM members who
have access to the Internet by the address: (last
name)@siam.org. A gopher server is available to members by
accessing gopher.siam.org. The information can also be
accessed through the World Wide Web at
Society For Industrial And Applied Mathematics
3600 University City Science Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688
Telephone: (215) 382-9800
Toll Free (U.S. Only): (800) 447-SIAM
Fax: (215) 386-7999
World Wide Web: http://www.siam.org
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