Another busy year for the NUI Galway SIAM Student Chapter came to an end with the conclusion of the third annual Stokes Modelling Workshop on 16 June. Organised with the Stokes Cluster for Applied Mathematics, the four day workshop provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to experience research in mathematical modelling, through teams interacting with academic mentors and working on real-world problems.
This year saw 17 students from Dublin Institute of Technology, Maynooth University, the University of Limerick, and NUI Galway, gather in Galway for the workshop. The problems studied concerned spread of infectious diseases, the role of elasticity in guitars, modelling the spread of the Fort McMurray wildfire, and vibrations in hurley sticks. On the final day, each team gave an impressive overview of their work and results. As part of the workshop, Prof. Alfredo Marzocchi from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Brescia, Italy, gave a guest lecture entitled ‘Some good reasons to study second-gradient fluids’.
During the academic year, the Chapter organised numerous other events, including a session of research blitz talks for undergraduates, given by academic staff and postgraduate researchers, and seminars by Prof. Peter Lynch from University College Dublin, and Dr Seshu Tirupathi from the Dublin Lab of IBM Research.
These events followed our second annual conference, held in December, with participants from the University of Limerick, University College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology, Politecnico di Torino, UNINA (Naples), Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, and Zhejiang University, China.
The coming year looks set to be just as busy – in addition to our annual workshop, the Chapter will host the Annual Student Chapter Conference of the SIAM UKIE Section on Friday 26 May 2017, with delegates expected from throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom, as well as further afield.