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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 modelling 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 http://www.math.ubc.ca/~jfeng/

Award Winners

Leah Edelstein Keshet

Thomas Hillen

Michael Doebeli

Neil Balmforth

Troy Day

Michael Ward

Uri Ascher

Mark Lewis

J. Alan George

Gordon Swaters

Michael Mackey

Michel Fortin

Bob Russell

Jianhong Wu