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 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, 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.
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