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Illustrating the Impact of the Mathematical Sciences


Project Scope:

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will convene an ad hoc committee of experts to prepare narratives and graphics to identify and illustrate the impact of the mathematical sciences. The collection of narratives and graphics will be the central focus of a consensus report that broadly describes the fundamental role of the mathematical sciences in the U.S. economy, national security, health and medicine, and other science, engineering, and technology domains. The report will be informed by literature reviews and input from experts, including professional societies, mathematical research funders, and leaders in the mathematical sciences research communities (including in academia, industry, government, and national laboratories). 


The committee and National Academies’ staff members will prepare three derivative products: (1) a brochure containing the narratives and figures and a summary of the report's analysis; (2) a Web interactive infographic that links to more details on selected topics; and (3) a public webinar series.



Status: Current

PIN: DEPS-BMSA-19-01

Project Duration (months): 18 month(s)

RSO: Kloefkorn, Tyler

Topic(s):

Math, Chemistry, and Physics



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 11/05/2019

Tamara Kolda - (Chair)
Tamara Kolda is a distinguished member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories. She has led numerous projects in computational science and data analysis on topics in multilinear algebra and tensor decompositions, graph models and algorithms, data mining, optimization, nonlinear solvers, parallel computing, and the design of scientific software. Her work has been cited more than 13,000 times. Her work has received several honors, including a 2003 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, an R&D100 award, and three best paper prizes at international conferences. She was named a distinguished scientist of the Association for Computing Machinery in 2011 and a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) in 2015. She has given keynotes talks at a variety of meetings including the Joint Mathematics Meeting, the International Symposium on Mathematical Programming, the SIAM Conference on Computational Science & Engineering, the SIAM Annual Meeting, and the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining. She is currently a member of the SIAM Board of Trustees and serves as associate editor for both the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing and SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications. She is also the founding editor-in-chief for the new SIAM Journal on the Mathematics of Data Science.
Russel E. Caflisch
Russel Caflisch (NAS) is director of the Courant Institute at New York University (NYU) and a professor in the Mathematics Department. He received his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University, and he earned a master's degree and Ph.D. in mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU. Professor Caflisch’s expertise includes topics in the field of applied mathematics, including partial differential equations, fluid dynamics, plasma physics, materials science, Monte Carlo methods, and computational finance. He was named a fellow of SIAM in 2009, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012, and the American Mathematical Society in 2013. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in April 2019.
Irene Fonseca
Irene Fonseca is the Kavcic-Moura University Professor of Mathematics and the director of the Center for Nonlinear Analysis at Carnegie Mellon University. Fonseca's research program sits at the interface between pure and applied analysis and is motivated by applications in the physical sciences and engineering. Her recent work is focused on variational techniques as they apply to contemporary problems in materials sciences and computer vision, including the mathematical study of shape memory alloys, ferroelectric and magnetic materials, composites, thin structures, phase transitions, epitaxy, image segmentation, staircasing, and recolorization in computer vision. An internationally respected educator and researcher in applied mathematics, Fonseca was bestowed a knighthood in the Military Order of St. James (Grande Oficial da Ordem Militar de Santiago da Espada) by the then-President of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio, in 1997. For her teaching and research contributions to Carnegie Mellon University, Fonseca was honored with the Mellon College of Science endowed chair in 2003 and named a University Professor in 2014. In 2012 she was elected president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, one of the largest organizations dedicated to mathematics and computational science in the world. Fonseca received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Montserrat Fuentes
Montserrat (Montse) Fuentes joined the University of Iowa (UI) as executive vice president and provost in June 2019. She came to the UI from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she served as dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences as well as professor of statistics in that college and professor of biostatistics in the School of Medicine. Before joining Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016, Fuentes was head of the Department of Statistics and James M. Goodnight Distinguished Professor of Statistics at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Prior to that, she served as director of the Network on Statistical Methods in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, a National Science Foundation-funded center to promote multi-institutional and interdisciplinary research training at the interface of statistics and atmospheric and oceanic sciences, with 200 members and 21 affiliated institutions. Fuentes has authored more than 100 scientific publications and served as principal or co-principal investigator on more than 20 research grants, with total funding of more than $28 million. Her research interests include big data; brain-imaging analysis; statistics for spatial data; uncertainty analysis; computer models; and interdisciplinary applications in neurosciences, environmental sciences, and health sciences. In 2008, Fuentes was named an American Statistical Association Fellow for outstanding contributions to research in spatial statistics. In 2012 she received the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific and Technological Achievement Award for the development of an air quality model evaluation framework that fosters scientific credibility for model applications. In 2017 she was awarded the Medal of Distinguished Achievement from the American Statistical Association, Environmental Statistics Section, for major statistical methodology contributions, leadership, and mentoring roles. She received a dual bachelor’s degree in mathematics and music (piano) from the University of Valladolid in Spain and a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Chicago.
Ryan Garibaldi
Ryan (Skip) Garibaldi is director of the Institute for Defense Analyses’ Center for Communications Research (CCR) in La Jolla, California, where he leads a team of mathematicians and computer scientists in developing new science in order to solve the sponsor's hardest problems.He is well known for his academic research on algebraic groups, including exceptional groups such as E8, and on cohomological invariants. He is also known for his joint work with other mathematicians and investigative reporters on extremely rare phenomena, which, coupled with publicly available data, led to the exposure of criminals using state lotteries as part of the schemes. This in turn led to arrests and changes in state policy. Dr. Garibaldi's previous positions include research staff member at CCR La Jolla; associate director of the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was responsible for half of the scientific activities of the Institute; and Winship Distinguished Research Professor of Mathematics at Emory University. He was a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the Defense Science Study Group. Dr. Garibaldi received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, San Diego, and bachelors’ degrees in computer science and in mathematics from Purdue University. He has received the Lester R. Ford Award from the Mathematical Association of America.
Tom Grandine
Tom Grandine is a senior technical fellow for applied mathematics at Boeing, focusing on the company’s advanced research and technology organization. He has a B.S. in mathematics and computer science from Yale University and an M.S. in computer science, an M.A. in mathematics, and a Ph.D. in numerical analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His areas of expertise include advanced geometric design, curve and surface modeling, numerical approximation, splines, and multidisciplinary design optimization. He has extensive experience in computational methods for both design and manufacturing applications. He is a long-time member and fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. His involvement in SIAM includes six years as vice president for industry, and he is currently a member of the Board of Trustees.
Trachette Jackson
Trachette Jackson is a professor in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan. Her research lies within the overarching field of mathematical biology, which can be characterized by the use of sophisticated mathematical, statistical, and computational modeling techniques in order to facilitate a deep understanding of biology for human benefit and the mitigation of human harm. Within mathematical biology, she specializes in computational cancer research or mathematical oncology. In 2003, she became one of only two African American women to receive the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Award in Mathematics, and in 2005 she received the James S. McDonnell 21st Century Scientist Award. A highlight of her career was becoming the first woman to receive the 2010 Blackwell-Tapia Prize, honoring a mathematician who has contributed significantly to research and to addressing the program of underrepresentation of minorities in mathematics. In 2011, Dr. Jackson founded a new applied and interdisciplinary mathematics bridge to the Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan in order to address the national challenge of educating and training a diverse scientific workforce capable of unifying the fields of mathematics and the natural sciences. Her commitment to theoretical and computational cancer research is further evidenced by her joint effort to spearhead a quantitative oncology subsection in the authoritative journal Cancer Research, for which she now serves as a senior editor. She has built her career on collaborative research and educational activities that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries, and she envisions that this type of research will eventually change the face of cancer research.
Xiao-Li Meng
Xiao-Li Meng, the Whipple V. N. Jones Professor of Statistics, and the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Data Science Review, is well known for his depth and breadth in research, his innovation and passion in pedagogy, his vision and effectiveness in administration, as well as for his engaging and entertaining style as a speaker and writer. Meng was named the best statistician under the age of 40 by COPSS (Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies) in 2001, and he is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his more than 150 publications in at least a dozen theoretical and methodological areas, as well as in areas of pedagogy and professional development. He has delivered more than 400 research presentations and public speeches on these topics, and he is the author of “The XL-Files," a thought-provoking and entertaining column in the IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics) Bulletin. His interests range from the theoretical foundations of statistical inferences (e.g., the interplay among Bayesian, Fiducial, and frequentist perspectives; frameworks for multi-source, multi-phase and multi- resolution inferences) to statistical methods and computation (e.g., posterior predictive p-value; EM algorithm; Markov chain Monte Carlo; bridge and path sampling) to applications in natural, social, and medical sciences and engineering (e.g., complex statistical modeling in astronomy and astrophysics, assessing disparity in mental health services, and quantifying statistical information in genetic studies). Meng received his BS in mathematics from Fudan University in 1982 and his PhD in statistics from Harvard in 1990. He was on the faculty of the University of Chicago from 1991 to 2001 before returning to Harvard, where he served as the Chair of the Department of Statistics (2004-2012) and the Dean of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2012-2017).
Jill C. Pipher
Jill Pipher is vice president for research at Brown University and Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor of Mathematics. In 2018, she became president-elect of the American Mathematical Society. She was the founding director of the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM), a National Science Foundation mathematics institute, from 2010 to 2016. Pipher obtained her B.A. in mathematics from UCLA in 1979, and she earned her Ph.D. in mathematics from UCLA in 1985. She was a Dickson Instructor and assistant professor at the University of Chicago before joining the faculty of Brown as associate professor in 1989. Pipher’s research areas include harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, and lattice-based cryptography. She has frequently lectured for both specialist and general audiences at venues in the United States and abroad. In 2014, she was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians. She has published many papers in her areas of expertise and has co-authored an undergraduate cryptography textbook. She jointly holds four patents related to the NTRU encryption algorithm. She was a co-founder of Ntru Cryptosystems, Inc., now part of Security Innovation, Inc. Pipher’s professional honors include an NSF postdoctoral fellowship, an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship. She is an inaugural fellow of the American Mathematical Society, served as president of the Association for Women in Mathematics from 2011 to 2013, and was a National Women’s History Month 2013 honoree. In 2015, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Terence C. Tao
Terence Tao (NAS) is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he has taught since 1996, when he joined the department as the Hedrick Assistant Professor. He has been a visiting professor at the University of New South Wales (2000) and an honorary professor at Australia National University (2001-2003). Tao has authored and contributed to several books, and his numerous articles have appeared in such publications as the Annals of Mathematics, Acta Mathematica, and the American Journal of Mathematics. He received an M.Sc. (1992) from Flinders University of South Australia and a Ph.D. (1996) from Princeton University.
Tyler Kloefkorn - (Staff Officer)

Events



Location:

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA 92617
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Meeting

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Closed in-person meeting of the committee.


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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Tyler Kloefkorn
Contact Email:  tkloefkorn@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1929

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