CAIMS•SCMAI Research Prize

The society's preeminent research award recognizes innovative and exceptional research contributions in applied or industrial mathematics.

This prize was established in 2003. The award will consist of a prize of $1,000 and a commemorative plaque that will be presented at the CAIMS*SCMAI Annual Meeting. The recipient will be invited to give a plenary lecture at the Annual Meeting in the year of the award. A travel allowance will be provided.

Nominations will be evaluated annually by a panel of judges appointed by the President of the Society; their decisions will be final. The judges will select the winner using criteria based on excellent research contributions in applied or industrial mathematics. The panel of judges may seek advice from other experts.

Nominations shall consist of:

  • a title for the nomination designating research contributions in a specific area,
  • a summary of the contributions in the form of a five-line press release,
  • a detailed description (no longer than two pages) of the research contributions of the nominee in the specified area,
  • a curriculum vitae including the list of publications, four reprints.

To submit an application for this prize, go to Nominations

2017 Prize Winner: James Feng

The 2017 CAIMS Research Prize is presented to Professor James Feng
from the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Chemical and
Biological Engineering at UBC in recognition of his influential contributions 
to the study of complex fluids.

Prof James Feng is an international expert in multi-component
complex fluids, with highly cited work on two-phase flows, moving
contact lines, dynamics of drops, jets, and bubbles. His
mathematical research is characterized by challenging scientific
computation and novel theoretical insights, and his scientific
contributions also span physical experiments. Feng is a recognized
master in the complex relationship between morphology and rheology
of sheared 2D foam, with experimental discoveries and theoretical
explanations in bubble coalescence, migration and segregation. He
provided a framework for formulating and computing multi-component
complex fluid flows and their interfaces, which has since been
adopted by other groups, and applied in industrial applications. In
contact line theory, Feng devised a theoretical model that
regularizes the singularity using Cahn-Hilliard diffusion at the
fluid interface which produces the proper sharp-interface limit
with finite slip velocity. He has recently made significant
advances applying his complex fluid and foam expertise to modeling
biological cells and tissues, focused on the deformation, motility,
and mechano-sensing of living cells, and the coupling between
biochemical signaling and mechanics that shapes the dynamics of
cells and tissues. Feng does great service to applied mathematics
in demonstrating both the beauty and the practical applications of
sophisticated research based on computation.

For more details on Professor Feng's research, see

Past CAIMS•SCMAI Research Prize Winners