Congratulations go to Professor Juan M. Restrepo, who was recently named Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Dr. Restrepo is one of 28 researchers in the 2018 Class of SIAM Fellows. He was nominated for his exemplary research contributions as well as outstanding service to the community, which includes innovative interdisciplinary programs and leadership roles taken to advance the discipline.

Established in 1952, SIAM is the leading international professional society of applied and computational mathematics, with over 14,000 individual members. The society publishes books and premier journals, sponsors many international conferences and programs, advocates for science funding and education.

SIAM Fellows are recognized by their peers for their distinguished contributions to one or more multiple areas of research, education, technical leadership and service to SIAM or its community. Through their contributions, SIAM Fellows help advance the fields of applied mathematics and computational science. There are no more than 0.315% society members who are SIAM Fellows.

This year’s Fellows will be recognized at the SIAM Annual Meeting, to be held in Portland OR, on July 9-13, 2018. The 2018 SIAM Fellows hail from different parts of the world, representing institutions such as the University of Oxford, The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, National University of Singapore, Technische Universitaet Wien and Stanford University, among others.

Dr. Restrepo was “recognized for contributions to the mathematical and computational modeling of the ocean and atmosphere.” He received the prestigious 2017 SIAM Geosciences Career Prize for his impressive research in mathematical modeling and numerical simulation of oceanography and climate dynamics, which has had substantial impact in computational geosciences.

Dr. Restrepo specializes in geophysical fluid dynamics, scientific computing, and uncertainty quantification. His research encompasses two distinct areas:

  • The application of data science to understanding complex non-equilibrium physical and human systems and to the development of forecasting tools for these systems, and
  • The role of the oceans in global climate and ocean transport in nearshore processes, such as pollution and sediment transport.

He teaches broadly in the areas of applied mathematics, in particular in numerical analysis and scientific computing. As a proponent of diversity in science and mathematics, Restrepo has mentored numerous students from underrepresented groups.

Dr. Restrepo has been awarded nearly $7M in research grants from the Department of Energy, NASA, and the National Science Foundation for his applied mathematical research in oceanography, meteorology, and the environment. He is a co-principal investigator of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Traineeship (NRT) at OSU, which received $3 million to implement the program.

His present junior research collaborators are, graduate students Will Mayfield, Dallas Foster, Andrew Jensen, Evgenia Chunikhina, A. Sandra Nguemto Guaiwa, Michael Dumelle, Harrison Ko, and undergraduate students Jessica Peterson and Antonio Sam.