Texas A&M University mathematician Dr. Yalchin Efendiev has earned selection to the 2020 class of Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Fellows in recognition of exemplary research and outstanding community service.
Efendiev is one of 28 mathematical scientists worldwide and the only in Texas honored with selection to this year’s class, announced March 31 by the society and recognized for their achievements that help advance the fields of applied mathematics and computational science. He is cited “for fundamental contributions in developing innovative multiscale analysis and computations with applications to subsurface modeling and geosciences.”
Efendiev, a leading expert in numerical and computational mathematics, has been a member of the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics faculty since 2001. He is co-holder of the Richard E. Ewing ExxonMobil Chair in Computational Science, director of the Institute for Scientific Computation (ISC) and a co-principal investigator in the Institute for Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (IAMCS). His world-respected research focuses on numerical analysis and scientific computation with applications to porous media fluid flow, primarily ground water and oil recovery modeling.
“Yalchin Efendiev is a leader in applied mathematics globally known for his seminal research in numerical analysis and scientific computation that has widespread application far beyond mathematics,” said Dr. Sarah J. Witherspoon, professor and head of Texas A&M Mathematics. “The substantial impact of his research is evident from his long list of collaborators and proteges from many disciplines, including statistics, geophysics, and petroleum, mechanical and aerospace engineering.”
Efendiev received his doctorate in applied mathematics from the California Institute of Technology (1999), where he earned the W.P. Carey Prize for outstanding thesis work in applied mathematics. A fellow of the American Mathematical Society (2017) as well as SIAM, he is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). In addition to authoring more than 300 peer-reviewed publications with an h-index of 47, he is co-author of a book, Surveys and Tutorials in the Applied Mathematical Sciences, and serves on the editorial board of 10 international journals, including Multiscale Modeling and Simulation: A SIAM Interdisciplinary Journal and Numerical Mathematics: Theory, Methods and Applications.
An invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2014 and a plenary speaker at the International Society of Porous Media 2015, Efendiev has been recognized with several major awards, including the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award (2011) and as a Quantum Reservoir Impact (QRI) Scholar (2011). His overall research program has a strong track record of funding support from both federal and industry sources, including the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Energy, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Chevron and SINOPEC.
Incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1952 and headquartered in Philadelphia, SIAM is an international society of more than 14,000 individual, academic and corporate members from 85 countries. SIAM helps build cooperation between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology to solve real-world problems through publications, conferences, and communities like chapters, sections and activity groups.
In addition to raising the visibility of applied mathematics and computational science, the SIAM Fellows Program helps makes SIAM members more competitive for awards and honors as well as leadership positions in the broader society.