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Nov 9, 2015 • David Bindel

It was a pleasure seeing many of you at SIAM ALA in Atlanta, Georgia, and it has been a pleasure serving as SIAG secretary. We will have a new slate of officers in January; don’t forget to vote!


Minutes of the SIAG LA business meeting

The SIAG LA business meeting took place on October 27 during the SIAM ALA meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Minutes of the meeting have been posted at

SIAG officer elections

Officer elections for SIAG LA are underway, and voting is open until Dec 2, 2015. The slate is

  • Chair: Peter Benner and Jim Nagy
  • Vice-Chair: Zhaojun Bai and Alison Ramage
  • Program Director: Melina Freitag and Xiaoye Li
  • Secretary: Jennifer Pestana and Raf Vandebril

The nominating committee was Bruce Hendrickson, Iain Duff, Ilse Ipsen, Chen Greif, and Paul Van Dooren.

In the initial posting, some of the candidate statements were cut off. This has since been resolved, but for completeness, SIAM has allowed us to post candidate statements at

SIAG LA conference/job postings

In addition to the usual email-based submission, the SIAG LA web page now has a form-based submission system for conference and job advertisements. You can reach these forms from the “posting” link at the top of the conferences page and from a link at the top of the jobs page.


There is a SIAG LA track at the upcoming annual meeting! Minisymposium proposals for AN16 are due January 11, and contributed talks are due by February 1. We would also like to solicit posters for a SIAG-LA themed miniposterium (a collection of three or more posters by different presenters grouped around a central theme). If you are interested in participating, please contact Francoise Tisseur ([email protected]).

GAMM Annual Meeting Braunschweig 2016 - Section on Applied and Numerical Linear Algebra

Dear colleagues,

The 87th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM) will take place from 7th to the 11th of March 2016 in Braunschweig, Germany (

We are pleased to inform you that GAMM 2016 conference is jointly organized with the German Mathematical Society (

On behalf of the organizing committee we would like to invite you, your colleagues, postdocs, PhD and master students to take an active part in Section S17, “APPLIED AND NUMERICAL LINEAR ALGEBRA.”

In general, contributed talks will have a length of 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion. Once the abstracts have been received, depending on the number of submissions and allowed time slots, we may have to select an appropriate number of abstracts for presentations.

Please note that there will be four keynote lectures, each 35 minutes long, distributed over the section sessions accordingly. We are greatly honored that the following four speakers have agreed to present their work within Section S17:

  • Sabine Le Borne (TU Hamburg),
  • Elisabeth Ullmann (TU Munich),
  • Serkan Gugercin (Rice University),
  • Stefan Guettel (University of Manchester).

For more detailed information concerning the submission of abstracts as well as registration and accommodation, please visit the conference website at

  • Deadline for abstract submission is December 18.
  • Deadline for early bird registration is December 31.
  • Online registration opens on September 15, 2015 and will close on February 14, 2016.

We are looking forward to seeing and welcoming you in Braunschweig. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the scope or organization of Section S17.

Section Organizers:

Modeling and OPtimization: Theory and Applications (MOPTA)

We cordially invite you to contribute to the fourteenth annual “Modeling and OPtimization: Theory and Applications” (MOPTA) conference, organized at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, August 17-19, 2016.

MOPTA aims at bringing together a diverse group of people from both discrete and continuous optimization, working on both theoretical and applied aspects. There will be invited plenary talks from distinguished speakers as well as organized sessions and contributed talks, spread over three days. Our target is to provide a diverse set of exciting new developments from different areas of optimization research while at the same time providing a setting which will allow increased interaction among the participants. We aim to bring together researchers from both the theoretical and applied communities in the framework of a medium-scale event who do not usually have the chance to interact in larger meetings.

We welcome contributed talks, and we are also very interested in hearing from people who could organize a session centered around one of their topics of expertise. MOPTA sessions have 3 speakers, with 30 mins per presentation including Q&A’s. Speakers will be kindly asked to submit their abstract on the MOPTA website. The deadline for abstract submission is May 20.

Confirmed plenary speakers (so far):

  • Michael P. Friedlander (University of California, Davis)
  • Jacek Gondzio (The University of Edinburgh)
  • Michael Pinedo (New York University)

Luis W. Alvarez Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity at Berkeley Lab

The Computational Research Division, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and the Scientific Networking Division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory invite applications for the 2016 Luis W. Alvarez Fellowship in Computational Science. The fellowship allows recent graduates with a Ph.D. (or equivalent) to acquire unique scientific training at one of the leading facilities for scientific computing and to develop professional maturity for self-directed independent research.

The fellowship provides opportunities to work on some of the most important research challenges in computing sciences, from the architecture and software of next generation high performance computing systems and networks, to mathematical modeling, algorithms, and applications of advanced computing to astrophysics, cosmology, chemical sciences, materials science, climate change, biology and other scientific domains. The successful candidate will be able to interact and collaborate with Berkeley Lab researchers that develop and apply the latest technologies to computational modeling, simulation, and data analytics for scientific discovery.

The position offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

Additional information on the Luis W. Alvarez Postdoctoral Fellowship can be found at

For application instructions, please see our web page at The application deadline is November 22, 2015 for Fall 2016.

Postdoc Position, John von Neumann Fellow, Sandia National Labs

The Center for Computing Research and the Computer Sciences and Information Systems Center at Sandia National Laboratories invite outstanding candidates to apply for the 2016 John von Neumann Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Computational Science. We are seeking exceptional candidates who

  • possess a strong technical background in computational mathematics and scientific computing,
  • demonstrate the ability for independent research and self-motivation,
  • have excellent communication and interpersonal skills,
  • have the potential for technical leadership, and
  • have the ability to contribute to and impact ongoing Sandia projects.

The application deadline is December 1, 2015. More information about the fellowship and the application process can be found on the John von Neumann Fellowship website:

Multiple (DH, TL, TF) positions, AMS, Colorado School of Mines

The Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS) at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) invites applications for multiple positions in three categories: Department Head (DH), Tenure-Line (TL), and Teaching Faculty (TF).

For information about the jobs postings, see the attached flyer and following three URLs.

Questions about the position(s) should be directed to the chair of the respective search committee.

  1. AMS Department Head (chair: Prof. Navidi, [email protected]):

  2. Open rank TL position(s) in Applied Mathematics (chair: Prof. Ganesh, [email protected]):

  3. Open rank AMS TF position(s) (chair: Dr. Nicholas, [email protected]):

Submissions for next SIAM-LA digest

The next SIAM-LA Digest is due to be sent out on Dec 07, 2015. Please send any postings for the next Digest to siam-la at Only SIAG/LA members may submit postings. To contact the list owner, send an email to siam-la-owner at