CAIMS Prize Award

Prize Award year: 
2005
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Michel Fortin is an outstanding numerical analyst and specialist of fluid mechanics with the rare talent of successfully and convincingly combining mathematical and computational skills and intuitions. His seminal work and quiet leadership have deeply influenced the whole field of computations in partial differential equations. He is the father with Franco Brezzi of the mixed and hybrid methods in finite elements.

He has been an exceptional leader who has trained a large number of students who are now in universities, governments, and industry. He made the effective transition from excellent mathematics to concrete useful applications. He has worked in partnership with industry (e.g. Dassault Aviation in France, Pratt and Whitney in Canada) where his scholarship, opinions and skills have always been sought-after and highly regarded. He was the founder in 1996 of GIREF (Groupe interdisciplinaire de recherche en éléments finis) where he engaged in truly multidisciplinary research in the field of numerical modeling and simulation.

He has served the mathematical community in a tireless fashion. At NSERC, he was member of the Grant Selection Committees in 1987-1989 and 1999-2001 when GSC 16 split into two committees. He was a member of the CMS Research Committee in 1980-82 and 1993-95 at a time when francophones and applied mathematicians were very scarce in the Society and was one of the plenary speakers at the 50th anniversary of the CMS. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999. He is also member of the editorial boards of several prestigious journals.