Suzanne L. Weekes, PhD

Chief Executive Officer, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

As CEO of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), Dr. Weekes is responsible for administration of the affairs of SIAM and providing leadership, management and strategy to the Society. 


SIAM is an international community of over 14,000 individual members with almost 500 institutional members from academia, manufacturing, research and development, service and consulting organizations, government, and the militaryThrough publications, research and community, the mission of SIAM is to build cooperation between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology.  SIAM fosters the development of applied mathematical and computational methodologies needed in various application areas. SIAM’s goals are:

Suzanne Weekes holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Indiana University, a PhD in Mathematics and Scientific Computing from the University of Michigan and did her post-doctoral work at Texas A&M University. She is Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Prof. Weekes was the recipient of the 2019 Humphreys Award for Mentoring from the Association for Women in Mathematics.  She is also a recipient of a 2020 Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

Her research work has been in numerical methods for differential equations including applications to spatio-temporal composites, cancer growth, and porous media flow.  She has been involved in various initiatives connecting the academic mathematics community to mathematics and statistics work done in business, industry, and government.  

Dr. Weekes co-directs the national PIC Math (Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematical Sciences) Program and she was a founding co-director of the MSRI-UP (Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Undergraduate Program). She is on the Board of Governors of TPSE Math (Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics), the 

When she was Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, ad interim, at WPI, Dr. Weekes focused on developing and promoting research opportunities for undergraduate students at WPI. In order to advance WPI’s mission to create, to discover, and to convey knowledge at the frontiers of academic inquiry for the betterment of society, her efforts aimed to i) support faculty and students in the undergraduate research enterprise, ii) elevate the impact, outcomes, and visibility of WPI student research, and iii) cultivate and develop new opportunities and partnerships, internally and externally that will enhance and broaden research at WPI, and, by extension, elevate the university. See the WPI Undergraduate Research site, WPI Undergraduate Research Publication Collection, and the Virtual Undergraduate Research Showcase.