Jesse Chan elected secretary for SIAM Texas-Louisiana Section

Rice CMOR assistant professor will also serve on section's four-person board.

Jesse Chan standing in front of chalkboard in office

Jesse Chan, assistant professor of computational applied mathematics and operations research (CMOR) at Rice University, has been elected to a two-year term as secretary of the Texas-Louisiana Section of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

“Jesse is a wonderful colleague and a true asset to Rice,” said Béatrice Rivière, the Noah Harding Chair and Professor of CMOR, former president of the SIAM Texas-Louisiana Section and a member of the SIAM board of directors. “His leadership skills are being recognized by his election to the SIAM TX-LA section board.”

In addition to his duties as secretary, Chan will become a member of the section’s four-person board. He will be charged with making executive decisions for the SIAM Texas-Louisiana Section, including organizing the annual conference attended by some 250 participants from academia and industry.

“Jesse is a successful researcher with interests in high-order methods for wave problems. He has helped improve the prediction of storm surge which is critical for coastal regions affected by climate change,” Rivière said.

Chan joined the Rice faculty in 2016 after a year as a postdoctoral researcher in mathematics at Virginia Tech. He was a Pfeiffer postdoctoral instructor at Rice from 2013 to 2015 and a research assistant at the University of Texas Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences in Austin.

Chan earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from UT Austin in 2013 and a bachelor’s degree in computational and applied math from Rice in 2008. In 2020 he received an NSF CAREER Award.

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