Past Events


Regional SIAM Student Chapter Conference at Shippensburg University - April 16, 2011

We traveled to Shippensburg, PA to attend a conference for graduate and undergraduate students that was in partnership with the SIAM Student Chapters of Shippensburg University, University of Delaware, George Mason University, and University of Maryland Baltimore County. The conference was Saturday, April 16, 2011.

2nd Annual Regional SIAM Student Chapter Conference at Shippensburg University

Allegheny Observatory Trip - April 8, 2011

We toured the Allegheny Observatory on Friday, April 8 beginning at 8pm. The trip included a walking tour of the building.

Allegheny Observatory

"Life After Graduate School" Panel - April 6, 2011

We hosted a "Life After Graduate School" Panel on Wednesday, April 6, at 5:30pm in Thackeray 703 for all mathematics graduate students (pure and applied). Topics discussed included: post-doctoral positions (application process, reasons for choosing a post-doc, life as as a post-doc, etc.), full-time faculty positions, and grant writing. The panel was comprised of current post-docs and faculty. Food was provided.

Student Days at CSE11 - February 28-March 4, 2011

Our Chapter took part in the 2011 Student Days at the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE11) held in Reno, Nevada. Marina Moraiti was the Chapter representative and presented past and upcoming activities of Pitt's SIAM Chapter at the Student Chapters Lunch with SIAM Leadership. The presentation slides can be viewed here.

MATLAB Workshop - February 19, 2011

Jared Barber led a MATLAB Workshop titled "Creating Faster MATLAB Programs for Simple Differential Equations," which covered various tools available in MATLAB and programming techniques that can be used in order to make efficient programs. To see these tools and techniques in action, we looked at a simple one-dimensional partial differential equation. Ideas discussed included MATLAB indexing, profiling, debugging, sparse matrices, utilizing multiple cores, and vectorizing code.

The workshop was open to all graduate and upper-level undergraduate students in mathematics and applied mathematics fields. Background knowledge in very basic MATLAB programming (knowing what an m-file and for-loop is) and partial differential equations (knowing what u_t+a*u_x = 0 means) was desired but not necessary. At the conclusion of the workshop, lunch was provided.

Matlab Workshop 2011

Graduate School Panel for Undergraduates - February 17, 2011

The University of Pittsburgh Chapter of SIAM and Undergraduate Math Club joined together to present a Graduate School Panel for undergraduates interested in applying to mathematics graduate programs. The panel was an open forum for undergraduates to ask current graduate students and faculty about what life as a graduate student is like, as well as the application process and any other related questions.

Social Event at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens - January 21, 2011

To get out of the cold and snow for a bit, we went to Phipps Conservatory to see the Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show. Afterward we went to out to dinner at Joe Mama's.

Python Workshop - November 13, 2010

Cyrus Omar led a two-part workshop on scientific computing with Python on Saturday, November 13, at 10am-2:30pm in GSCC 126.

The workshop was open to all graduate and upper-level undergraduate students in mathematics and applied mathematics fields. Familiarity with basic programming was a prerequisite for the workshop. Workshop participants were welcome to attend either one part or both parts of the workshop.

In the morning (10am-12pm) - the basics: numbers, strings, lists, tuples, dicts, conditionals, loops, functions and modules; numpy: arrays, matrices, basic linear algebra; matplotlib: plots and histograms; Numerical solutions to differential equations; Basic symbolic mathematics; Tools and Resources, including iPython, PyDev (a nice development environment for Python), the Python manual and PyPi.

Lunch was provided, and then in the afternoon (12:30pm-2:30pm) - how to use your graphics card (GPU) to speed up number crunching from within Python: Basics of GPU computing; Using OpenCL from Python via pyopencl; Metaprogramming with Python and OpenCL; cl.oquence, a more Pythonic interface to OpenCL; Optimization of GPU programs.

Movie Night - October 22, 2010

We hosted a Mathematics Movie Night as our first social event of the year. We watched "Proof" in the 7th floor lounge and enjoyed popcorn, soft drinks, and autumn-themed desserts.

Informational Meeting - September 21, 2010

We held an informational meeting where we explained all the benefits of joining SIAM and discussed our plans for the upcoming year.