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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 is a high honour to bestow upon an individual, and acknowledges 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:
  1. a cover letter explaining the basis of the nomination,
  2. up to three additional letters of support.
  3. a curriculum vitae,
  4. a publication list if not included in the CV.

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

To submit an application for this award, go to Open Nominations page.

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.

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2020 Prize Winner: Vakhtang Putkaradze

Vakhtang Putkaradze of the University of Alberta has been selected as the 2020 winner of the CAIMS-Fields Industrial Research Prize. Dr. Putkaradze is an expert in geometric mechanics, an area that unifies dynamical systems, the calculus of variations, continuum mechanics and related topics with a geometric perspective. Many of the best ideas in geometric mechanics during the last decade are said to have arisen from his work. Moreover, he has used this expertise to find novel industrial applications and to build patented technologies.  In 2019, the Alberta based global energy corporation ATCO appointed him as the head of ATCO SpaceLab to build a focal point for the rigorous exploration of new ideas with business potential.  The fact that they chose to appoint a research mathematician for this important position speaks to Vakhtang’s remarkable ability to straddle the theoretical and the industrial sides of discovery. In addition to his own scientific and industrial achievements, Dr. Putkaradze stands out for his ability to inspire and lead a team of young scholars to achieve high scientific goals that are motivated by industrial applications.

Award Winners

Vakhtang Putkaradze

Jianhong Wu

Zhangxing (John) Chen

Huaxiong Huang

Sean Bohun

John Stockie

André Fortin

Ian Frigaard

Brian Wetton