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Prof. Yuan Yaxiang elected president of ICIAM


At the annual board meeting of the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) which was held on 20th May in Valencia, Spain, Prof. Yuan Yaxiang, who is one of the vice presidents of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), director of the CAST Special Committee on Talent and Continuing Education, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and a research fellow at CAS Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, was elected president of ICIAM. This is the first time that a Chinese scientist is entrusted with an important position in an international organisation of applied mathematics, which reflects the significant improvement of China's international academic position and influence in this field.

As the most influential global organisation in the industrial and applied mathematics, ICIAM was founded in 1987 to highlight the importance of applied mathematics, establish its position in the international scientific community and facilitate communication between member societies. At present, ICIAM has 21 full members and 27 associate members. China Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics is a full member.

Prof. Yuan Yaxiang received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1986 and he won the second prize of the National Natural Science Award, TWAS Prize in Mathematics and the 1st Feng Kang Prize in Scientific Computing. He was elected member of the US Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2011, member of American Mathematical Society in 2012, academician of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World and corresponding member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in 2014, chairman of the Chinese Mathematical Society in 2015 and vice president of CAST in 2016. Prof. Yuan Yaxiang has been actively involved in the events in China’s industrial and applied mathematics for years and has played a critical role. He once served as vice chairman of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies, president of the Association of Asian-Pacific Operational Research Societies, chairman of the Operations Research Society of China, vice president of the 3rd and 4th council of China Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and member of the Scientific Program Committee of the 8th ICIAM.

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