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Susanne C. Brenner elected SIAM President

Susanne Brenner

LSU Boyd Professor of Mathematics Susanne C. Brenner has been named President-Elect of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) for 2020. Dr. Brenner previously served on the SIAM Fellows Selection Committee from 2014-2016 (and as Chair from 2015-2016), and presently serves on the editorial board of SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, and was named Editor-In-Chief of SIAM Classics in Applied Mathematics in 2018.

She is a past SIAM Vice President for Publications and served on the SIAM Council. Dr. Brenner will be the 40th SIAM President.  SIAM’s mission is “to ensure the strongest interactions between mathematics in scientific and technological communities”, and to provide an opportunity for its members to engage with each other to exchange ideas and promote research. SIAM, founded in 1951, has since evolved into a globally recognized community that publishes scholarly journals and books, hosts conferences, and actively advocates for the advancement of scientific research and STEM education.

Dr. Brenner came to the LSU Department of Mathematics in 2006 from the University of South Carolina. She holds a joint appointment with the LSU Center for Computation and Technology where she serves as Associate Director for Academic Affairs since 2008. Dr. Brenner received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan. Dr. Brenner’s research interests include numerical analysis, scientific computing, finite element methods, multigrid and domain decomposition methods, computational mechanics, computational electromagnetics, variational inequalities, and PDE constrained optimization. Her research has been continuously funded by the National Science Foundation since she was a postdoc. In 2005, she received a Humboldt Forschungspreis (Humboldt Research Award) from the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 2011, she was awarded the AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture. She is a SIAM Fellow (Class of 2010), AMS Fellow (Inaugural Class 2013), AAAS Fellow (2012), and AWM Fellow (2020).

Currently she also serves as Managing Editor of Mathematics of Computation. Dr. Brenner has been a member of SIAM since graduate school, and “experienced over the years the many benefits that a SIAM membership brings”. Dr. Brenner hopes to foster membership in SIAM around the globe, and “promote international student chapters, particularly in developing countries”. According to Dr. Brenner, “SIAM publishes some of the best journals in applied and computational mathematics, it is therefore paramount that SIAM plays a role in charting the path forward for society publishers so that the high quality of SIAM journals is maintained”. Dr. Brenner hopes “to work with the outstanding officers and staff of SIAM to meet challenges and opportunities, and to strive for best practices in all the endeavors towards the SIAM mission of building cooperation between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology.”

Contact: Jolie Cornay
LSU Department of Mathematics