SIAM CSE 2015
(2015-04-10, Tobias Jordan)
On March 14-18, 2015, the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering 2015 took place in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Supported by the University of Hamburg and SIAM I had the pleasure to represent the SIAM Student Chapter Hamburg.
The friendly welcome by the CBP officer upon arrival in Salt Lake City set the tone for my stay. On the evening before the conference a student orientation and a welcome reception helped break the ice and get to know other attendees right from the start.
On three floors the wide Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center hosted an exciting blend of talks from various engineering, computational and mathematical backgrounds. They were complemented by nine invited plenary talks on diverse topics ranging from model reduction to scaling of software systems, and two poster sessions with 300 posters in all. Furthermore, beginning with the mentioned orientation there were student days integrated into the conference. These also included a careers panel, which gave inside information on careers outside the university, workshops, a breakfast with chapter representatives and SIAM officials, and sessions with talks by graduate and undergraduate students.
Besides the interesting scientific aspects of the conference, the social ones did not suffer either, as I got to know fellow chapter representatives and other colleagues from Belgium, Minnesota, Norway, Oregon, Scotland and Texas, among others. This was aided by the exceptionally warm and sunny weather, which made a lunch break feel like a summer vacation. All in all, from materials science to actual cheesecake, I left Salt Lake City and the SIAM CSE 2015 with plenty of lasting impressions.