It is a pleasure to introduce Suzanne Shontz, who became Secretary of ICIAM in October, after her election at the 2022 Board meeting.
Dr. Suzanne M. Shontz is the Associate Dean for Research in the School of Engineering, and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the University of Kansas (KU). She is also affiliated with the Bioengineering (BIOE) Program and the Institute for Information Sciences (I2S). Dr. Shontz currently holds several additional leadership positions at KU. She is the Founding Director for the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Computing Degree Program in EECS, the Computational Bioengineering Track Director for the BIOE Program, and the Director of the Mathematical Methods for Interdisciplinary Computing Center at I2S.
In Fall 2020, she was a Visiting Researcher at the Universita della Svizzera Italiana (University of Lugano) in Lugano, Switzerland where she studied cardiac simulations. Before joining the University of Kansas in 2014, Suzanne was on the faculty at Mississippi State and Pennsylvania State Universities. Previously, she was also a postdoc at the University of Minnesota. She earned her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2005. Suzanne’s research focuses centrally on parallel scientific computing, more specifically on the development of unstructured mesh and numerical optimization algorithms and their applications to computational medicine among others.
Professor Shontz has received numerous awards for her research including the prestigious 2011 NSF Presidential Early CAREER Award (NSF PECASE Award) from President Obama for her research in computational- and data-enabled science and engineering and the 2021 International Meshing Roundtable Fellow Award for her distinguished record of research accomplishments in mesh generation and exceptional service in the meshing community. She has chaired or co-chaired several top conferences in computational science and engineering including the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering in 2019 and the International Meshing Roundtable in 2010 and 2019. In 2022, she became the Secretary of the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.