An Overview of SIAM

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is an international community of over 13,000 individual members. Almost 500 academic, manufacturing, research and development, service and consulting organizations, government, and military organizations worldwide are institutional members.

SIAM fosters the development of applied mathematical and computational methodologies needed in these various application areas. Applied mathematics in partnership with computational science is essential in solving many real-world problems. Through publications, research, and community, the mission of SIAM is to build cooperation between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology.

SIAM was incorporated in 1952 as a nonprofit organization to convey useful mathematical knowledge to other professionals who could implement mathematical theory for practical, industrial, or scientific use. Since then, SIAM’s goals have remained the same:

SIAM is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, staffed by more than 60 full- and part-time employees.

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Inspired by the vision that applied mathematics should play an important role in advancing science and technology in industry, a small group of professionals from academe and industry met in Philadelphia in 1951 to start an organization whose members would meet periodically to exchange ideas about the uses of mathematics in industry. This meeting led to the organization of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

Learn more about our history by downloading "Looking Back, Looking Ahead: A SIAM History" [PDF, 660K] and a SIAM Timeline up to 2003 [PDF, 1,570K]



SIAM publishes 16 peer-reviewed journals, including SIAM Review, a quarterly journal of expository survey and education-oriented papers; SIAM/ASA Journal on Uncertainty Quantification, all-electronic and new in 2013; SIAM Journal on Financial Mathematics, which launched in 2010 in all-electronic format and addresses theoretical developments in financial mathematics as well as breakthroughs in the computational challenges they encompass;  SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences, covering all areas of imaging science, broadly interpreted; Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, focused on the fundamental modeling and computational principles underlying various multiscale models; and SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, publishing research articles on the mathematical analysis and modeling of dynamical systems and its application to the physical, engineering, life, and social sciences. Journal information can be found at SIAM Undergraduate Research Online (SIURO), an open-access publication for undergraduates, has published reviewed undergraduate manuscripts since 2008. SIAM News, published 10 times a year, is the newsjournal reporting on issues and developments affecting the applied and computational mathematics community. Information about SIAM News can be found at Approximately 25 books are also published each year by SIAM. Book information can be found at



The SIAM Journal Program began as a means of meeting one of the primary objectives for organizing the Society: to provide media for the exchange of information and ideas between mathematicians and other scientists. Since its inception in 1953, SIAM’s journal program has continued to produce quality, peer-reviewed journals that are respected and highly cited throughout the applied mathematics and computational science community.

SIAM now produces 16 journals, including four that are published in all-electronic format, and a translation of a Russian journal (TVP). Authors of the all-electronic journals are strongly encouraged to incorporate color, animated visualizations, and internal linking in their articles.

SIAM began publishing its journals electronically in 1997. Manuscripts in SIAM’s research journals are published one article at a time, in final form, up to 12 months ahead of their print counterparts. The electronic editions are the definitive editions, and abstracting and indexing services use the accelerated electronic versions as the versions of record for their coverage of SIAM’s journals.

SIAM provides two ways of accessing its electronic journal content. SIAM Journals Online (SJO) is the electronic full-text archive of all SIAM journals from 1997 through today. With SJO, full-text articles are available in PDF for subscribers; the tables of contents and abstracts can be searched and browsed free of charge by anyone with web access. Current articles are published online as soon as they are available. Locus is the electronic full-text archive for every SIAM journal article published from the journal's inception through 1996. Subscribers are encouraged to obtain access to Locus and SJO for complete access to all SIAM journal content. Subscription bundles are available for all journal archives as well as for each individual journal in both print and electronic versions.

SIAM journals, and first year of publication:

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SIAM held its first annual meeting in 1954 and has since then used the conference forum to provide members and attendees with a broad view of the state-of-the-art in applied mathematics and computational science. Through invited presentations, prize lectures, minisymposia, mini-tutorials, contributed papers, and posters, members have been able to join their peers and leading experts in the field to exchange ideas and to expand their personal and professional networks.

Through focused conferences and the annual meeting SIAM has helped demonstrate that many societal problems can be solved through various methods of applied mathematics and computational science. SIAM holds several conferences each year, each focused on timely topics in applied mathematics and computational science. Some of these are sponsored by SIAM Activity Groups. SIAM conferences are held within the United States, with international conferences as well. A full calendar of all upcoming SIAM conferences, including meetings in cooperation with other groups, and an archive of past conferences can be found at

SIAM conferences have recently focused on topics such as analysis of partial differential equations, applied linear algebra, computational science & engineering, control and its applications, data mining, discrete algorithms, discrete mathematics, dynamical systems, financial mathematics and engineering, geometric design, geosciences, imaging science, life sciences, materials science, mathematics for industry, nonlinear waves, numerical combustion, optimization, parallel processing and scientific computing.

SIAM offers travel support for students through SIAM Student Travel Awards. The awards are made from the SIAM Student Travel Fund, created in 1991 and maintained through book royalties donated by SIAM book authors, donations from SIAM members, and donations from industry. Any full-time student in good standing is eligible to receive an award plus gratis registration for the meeting. Limited travel support for post-docs and early career participants in SIAM conferences is also available through a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation. Applicants must be affiliated with a U.S. institution and be within five years of their PhD at the time of the conference.

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SIAM membership has grown from a few hundred in the early 1950s to over 13,000 today. Members are applied and computational mathematicians, computer scientists, numerical analysts, engineers, statisticians, mathematics educators, and students. Membership benefits include networking opportunities; visibility in the applied mathematics and computational science communities; access to cutting-edge research; subscriptions to SIAM News and SIAM Review; discounts on conference and workshop registration, on all SIAM books, and on print and electronic access to SIAM journals; eligibility to nominate or to be nominated as a SIAM Fellow; eligibility to vote, hold office, and serve on SIAM committees to help guide the future of applied mathematics and computational science; the opportunity to join SIAM Activity Groups to explore common interests and exchange ideas with peers; the opportunity for every nonstudent member to nominate two students for a free SIAM membership; the opportunity to enroll in group insurance programs; and inclusion in the membership directory. More information about membership can be found at


SIAM Activity Groups (SIAGs)

SIAM Activity Groups (SIAGs) provide opportunities for SIAM members to communicate with colleagues and stay current in a particular discipline or application area. SIAGs organize conferences, minisymposia, newsletters, electronic communications, and websites, and they award prizes. SIAG members organize targeted electronic communications and newsletters, and receive access to electronic membership directories and additional discounts on SIAG-sponsored conferences. More information on SIAM Activity Groups can be found at


Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge

SIAM annually organizes Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge, an applied mathematics contest for high school students, funded by The Moody’s Foundation. Each year $80,000 in scholarship prizes are awarded to M3Challenge can be found at


Visiting Lecturer Program (VLP)

SIAM’s Visiting Lecturer Program (VLP) offers a valuable resource to chairpersons, colloquium organizers, student chapters, and undergraduate/graduate advisors: a roster of applied mathematicians in academia, industry, and government who are able to speak to students on a variety of topics. The visitors are experienced speakers who, in addition to their accomplishments in applied mathematics have been recommended for their commitment to education and their ability to reach students. More information can be found at


Contact SIAM

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