CAIMS-Fields Industrial Mathematics Prize

The CAIMS-Fields annual industrial mathematics prize is to be awarded to a researcher in recognition of exceptional research in any branch of industrial mathematics, interpreted broadly. The nominee's research should have been conducted primarily in Canada. This Prize would not only be a high honour to bestow upon an individual, but also an acknowledgement of industrial mathematics as a fundamental and vibrant discipline within the research culture of Canada.

The award will consist of a cash prize of $1,000 and a commemorative plaque that will be presented at the CAIMS Annual Meeting. The recipient will be invited to deliver a lecture at the CAIMS Annual Meeting in the year of the award. A travel allowance will be provided.

Nominations shall consist of:

  • a curriculum vitae,
  • a publication list,
  • a cover letter explaining the basis of the nomination,
  • a maximum of three additional letters of support.

Unsuccessful nominations which continue to meet the eligibility criteria will be automatically considered for a second year.

To submit an application for this prize, go to Nominations


The Fields Institute began co-sponsoring this prize in 2015.  The prize was formerly known as the CAIMS-Mprime Industrial Mathematics Prize, during which time Mprime was the co-sponsor.


2017 Prize Winner: Zhangxing (John) Chen

The Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society and the Fields Institute are pleased to announce that Professor Zhangxing (John) Chen has been awarded the 2017 CAIMS-Fields Industrial Mathematics Prize for his seminal contributions to industrial and applied mathematics, computational science, and modelling of flow in porous media. 

Dr. Chen is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at University of Calgary and currently holds the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Reservoir Simulation and the AITF (iCORE) Industrial Chair in Reservoir Modeling. His group uses modeling and simulation to develop new, more economical, and more sustainable ways to recover heavy oil and oil sands resources.

 Throughout his career, Dr. Chen has led many collaborative projects with industrial partners including Suncor, Nexen Energy, Petróleos Mexicanos, China National Petroleum Corp., and Computer Modelling Group. His research has had major impact on practical applications in the oil and energy sectors, as evidenced by his 15 patents.

Dr. Chen's publication record is stellar, with 16 books and over 500 refereed journal papers covering problems ranging from existence-uniqueness theory, finite element approximations, homogenization, and parallel algorithms, with applications to multi-phase porous media flow, CO2 sequestration, and semiconductor device simulations. Dr. Chen has also made major contributions to training, having supervised over 100 graduate students and postdocs in industrial applications of mathematics and advanced computing algorithms.   

Past CAIMS-Fields Industrial Mathematics Prize Winners

Prize Award year Recipient
2016 Huaxiong Huang
2015 Sean Bohun
2014 John Stockie
2012 André Fortin
2011 Ian Frigaard
2010 Brian Wetton