AWM-MAA Etta Falconer Lecture 2022

Lecturer: Suzanne Weekes, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Continuity at Interfaces

Rather than thinking of interfaces as barriers that must never be crossed, we look at the wonderful opportunities and outcomes that come about when we bridge two states and embrace a harmonious coupling.

With this mindset of seeking continuity at interfaces, I consider [Material 1 | Material 2] wave propagation through materials that vary in space and time, [Academia | Industry] successful programs between universities and industry, and [Intellectual Merit | Broadening Participation] ensuring the progress of mathematics and its applications.



Suzanne Weekes is the Executive Director of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Indiana University, a PhD in Mathematics and Scientific Computing from the University of Michigan. She is also Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Her research work has been in numerical methods for differential equations including applications to spatio-temporal composites and cancer growth. She has been involved in various initiatives connecting the academic mathematics community to mathematics and statistics work done in business, industry, and government and directed the Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics at WPI for many years.

Dr. Weekes was the recipient of the 2019 Humphreys Award for Mentoring from the AWM and received a 2020 Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics from the MAA. She co-directs the national PIC Math (Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematical Sciences) Program, and she was a founding co-director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Undergraduate Program (MSRI-UP). She is on the Board of Governors of TPSE Math (Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics) and has also served the mathematical sciences community through her work on various committees of the professional societies.