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The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) was founded by a small group of mathematicians from academia and industry who met in Philadelphiamarker in 1951 to start an organization whose members would meet periodically to exchange ideas about the uses of mathematics in industry. This meeting led to the organization of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The membership of SIAM has grown from a few hundred in the early 1950s to more than 12,000 . SIAM retains its North American influence, but it also has East Asian, Argentinian, Bulgarian, and UK & Ireland sections.

SIAM is one of the four parts of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM).


Membership is open to both individuals and organizations. A partial list of academic members can be found below:

See main article: list of SIAM academic members.


The focus for the society is applied, computational and industrial mathematics, and the society often promotes its acronym as "Science and Industry Advance with Mathematics." It is composed of a combination of people from a wide variety of vocations. Members include engineers, scientists, industrial mathematicians, and academic mathematicians. The society is active in promoting the use of analysis and modeling in all settings. The society also strives to support and provide guidance to educational institutions wishing to promote applied mathematics.

Activity groups (SIAGs)

The society includes a number of activity groups to allow for more focused group discussions and collaborations:


 SIAM publishes 14 research journals [141683], [141684], [141685]:
All are available electronically by subscription.


SIAM publishes 20-25 books each year.


SIAM organizes conferences and meetings throughout the year focused on various topics in applied math and computational science.


SIAM News is a news journal focused on the applied math and computational science community and is published ten times per year.

Prizes and recognition

SIAM recognizes applied mathematician and computational scientists for their contributions to the fields.

Prizes include:
  • Germund Dahlquist Prize: Awarded to a young scientist (normally under 45) for original contributions to fields associated with Germund Dahlquist (numerical solution of differential equations and numerical methods for scientific computing).[141686]
  • Ralph E. Kleinman Prize: Awarded for "outstanding research, or other contributions, that bridge the gap between mathematics and applications...Each prize may be given either for a single notable achievement or for a collection of such achievements."[141687]
  • J.D. Crawford Prize: Awarded to "one individual for recent outstanding work on a topic in nonlinear science, as evidenced by a publication in English in a peer-reviewed journal within the four calendar years preceding the meeting at which the prize is awarded"[141688]
  • Richard C. DiPrima Prize: Awarded to "a young scientist who has done outstanding research in applied mathematics (defined as those topics covered by SIAM journals) and who has completed his/her doctoral dissertation and completed all other requirements for his/her doctorate during the period running from three years prior to the award date to one year prior to the award date".[141689]
  • George Polya Prize: "is given every two years, alternately in two categories: (1) for a notable application of combinatorial theory; (2) for a notable contribution in another area of interest to George Pólya such as approximation theory, complex analysis, number theory, orthogonal polynomials, probability theory, or mathematical discovery and learning."[141690]
  • W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize: Awarded for research in and contributions to areas of differential equations and control theory. [141691]
  • Theodore von Kármán Prize: Awarded for "notable application of mathematics to mechanics and/or the engineering sciences made during the five to ten years preceding the award".[141692]
  • James H. Wilkinson Prize: Awarded for "research in, or other contributions to, numerical analysis and scientific computing during the six years preceding the award". [141693]

SIAM Fellows:
  • In 2009 SIAM instituted a Fellows program to recognize certain members who have made outstanding contributions to the fields SIAM serves

Moody's Mega Math (M³) Challenge

Funded by The Moody's Foundation and organized by SIAM, the Moody's Mega Math Challenge is an applied mathematics modeling competition for high school students along the entire East Coast, from Maine through Florida. Scholarship prizes total $100,000.


  • SIAM Undergraduate Research Online SIURO
Publishes outstanding undergraduate research in applied and computational mathematics

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