April 22, 2022
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) recently announced the 2022 class of SIAM Fellows. Foundation Professor Abba Gumel and Professor Rosemary Renaut of ASU’s School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (SoMSS) and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are among the 26 members honored. These distinguished members were nominated for their exemplary research as well as outstanding service to the community. Through their various contributions, SIAM Fellows help advance the fields of applied mathematics and computational science.
“It is an honor to have two outstanding SoMSS faculty members selected as SIAM Fellows. This is a well-deserved recognition of their notable contributions to mathematics and to the profession,” said Donatella Danielli, school director and professor. “They are both wonderful mentors and teachers who have had great impact at Arizona State University and beyond.”
Foundation Professor Abba Gumel is being recognized “for stellar contributions to mathematical biology, particularly in the modeling of epidemics, and applications to solutions of public health problems.” He joined the ASU faculty in 2014 and became a fellow of the African Scientific Institute in 2020. Last year he gave the AMS Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics, and he and co-authors were the recipients of the 2021 Bellman Prize.
Gumel was nominated based on his contributions to the mathematical theory of epidemics and on his efforts to promote the use of mathematics to help solve global public health problems. His work entails designing mathematical models, which typically take the form of deterministic systems of nonlinear differential equations, for gaining realistic insight into the spread and control of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. He builds and uses theories and techniques from nonlinear dynamical systems and data analytics to rigorously develop and investigate the models. He has written over 150 peer-reviewed papers, published in top-rated, high impact journals. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Mitacs and the Simons Foundation, among others.
“It is a huge honor and very humbling to be included among the distinguished group of researchers in the global applied and industrial mathematics community,” Gumel said. “Although the honor is given to me as an individual, the honor and credits must …….