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CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Volume 20, Number 4

May 15, 2020

Editor: Justin Wan (


  1. 2020 President’s Spring Message
  2. 2020 CAIMS Election Results
  3. CAIMS Research Prize: Prof. Steven Ruuth, Simon Fraser University
  4. CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award: Prof. Jun Liu, University of Waterloo
  5. CAIMS-Fields Industrial Mathematics Prize: Prof. Vakhtang Putkaradze, University of Alberta
  6. Arthur Beaumont Distinguished Service Award: Prof. Raymond Spiteri, University of Saskatchewan
  7. Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award: Dr. Nadia Shardt, University of Alberta

1) 2020 President’s Spring Message

The coronavirus pandemic has affected all of us, and we are dealing with the situation as good as we can. The new situation has certainly allowed us to explore the possibilities of online tools for remote collaborations and discussions. Hence SIAM and CAIMS now decided to run the annual meeting 2020! Everything will be done online, sessions will have recorded talks and live discussion groups, plenary and price lectures will be featured, industrial camps will be given, as well as student activities, poster sessions, NSERC info session etc. It’s going to be big and fun. We will most likely spread the activities over two weeks July 06-17, 2020. And, best of all, there is no registration fee – yeah!

Our award committees worked tirelessly in the past months and they identified excellent winners of our awards. Thanks to the committees and congratulations to the award winners! They are introduced later in this E-Newsletter. Also our new board members will be introduced in this newsletter, and I am looking forward to work with them.

The CAIMS Blog is doing well and we are always keen to find interesting blog posts. Somebody write about working at home while kids are around … ? Or anything else?

To finish, let me copy the “Working-Remotely” guideline that was posted by our Federal Government:

  1. You are not “working from home”, you are “at your home, during a crisis, trying to work”.
  2. Your personal, physical, mental, and emotional health is far more important than anything else right now.
  3. You should not try to compensate for lost productivity by working longer hours.
  4. You will be kind to yourself and not judge how you are coping based on how you see others coping.
  5. You will be kind to others and not judge how they are coping based on how you are coping
  6. Your team’s success will not be measured the same way it was when things were normal.

Stay well
Thomas Hillen (CAIMS-SCMAI President)

2) 2020 CAIMS Election Results

This year, we have three positions on the Board of Directors to be filled: Secretary and two Directors.

There was one nomination for the position of Secretary; Jacques Bélair (Université de Montréal) was elected by acclamation.

There were three candidates for the two Director positions (Christina Christara, Alexey Shevyakov, Diana White), and the two candidates with the most votes were Christina Christara (University of Toronto) and Alexey Shevyakov (University of Saskatchewan). We thank Diana for standing.

The new Secretary and the two new Directors will serve for a three-year term. The election results will be confirmed and ratified at the virtual Annual General Meeting, July 7, 2020.

3) CAIMS Research Prize

Professor Steven Ruuth, Simon Fraser University, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of robust numerical methods for time dependent partial differential equations and interfacial dynamics, and the impact of his work in scientific computing.

4) CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award

Professor Jun Liu, University of Waterloo, in recognition of his contributions to mathematical control theory for cyber-physical systems, using innovative approaches that combine theoretical depth and computational analysis, applied to problems that are of practical importance.

5) CAIMS-Fields Industrial Mathematics Prize

Professor Vakhtang Putkaradze of the University of Alberta has been selected as the 2020 winner of the CAIMS-Fields Industrial Research Prize, in recognition of his many contributions to geometric mechanics and its novel industrial applications, and his ability to straddle both the theoretical and the industrial aspects of mathematical discovery.

6) Arthur Beaumont Distinguished Service Award

Professor Raymond Spiteri, University of Saskatchewan in recognition of his outstanding service to CAIMS/SCMAI as member and chair of the Doctoral Dissertation Award committee, organizer and regular contributor of Annual Meetings, co-founder of the CAIMS/SCMAI journal, Mathematics in Science and Industry, for spearheading improvements to CAIMS/SCMAI operations, and for his leadership as President-Elect, President, and Past-President.

7) Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award

In an extraordinarily thorough thesis, Dr. Nadia Shardt has developed new mathematical models that relate thermodynamical properties of multicomponent mixtures containing vapor and liquid phases with effects of curvature and surface tension of interfacial surfaces separating mixture components and phases. Theoretical results have been rigorously validated using experimental data. This work has strong scientific merit in multiple areas where multicomponent, multiphase systems arise, including chemical engineering, medical research, and nanotechnology.



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