One of the biggest goals of our Executive Board this year was to find ways to help students develop professionally. One of the ways we did this was to invite a SIAM Fellow, Dr. Lois Curfman McInnes of Argonne National Laboratory to give a talk to our department and to meet with graduate students. She discussed her research on community software ecosystems and shared her insight into the world of industry and laboratory work. We two organized two more events this year in conjunction with the Robotics group of the Department of Mechanical Engineering to foster interdisciplinary research and to socialize between departments.
Continuing in this vein, our board constructed and continually updated a list of local and relevant conferences to make students aware of avenues to present their research to the public and academics outside UD. We also compiled a database of graduate students' research interests and made this publically available to the graduate students, faculty, and the public to promote collaboration and mutually benefit from the expertise of others and to help direct prospective students to appropriate current graduate students who are researching in fields that are of interest to them.
Lastly, we had several lunch meetings this year where we relaxed and planned the events for the coming year; and no semester would be complete without a social event! In October, the chapter went apple picking at the nearby Milburn Orchard, where we picked some incredibly crisp apples and marveled at the topology of the decedent apple cider donuts.
If you would like to stay abreast with our chapter, we have posted these databases, the now updated FunGuide, and other information on our new website at https://sites.udel.edu/math-siam/.