NC State Team a Winner in Modeling Contest
A team of three NC State undergraduates, Davis Atkinson, Graham Pash and Jaye Sudweeks, has been named an Outstanding Winner of the 2017 COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), which has been held annually since 1985. “Outstanding Winner” designates the top 13 of 8843 participating teams. Pash and Sudweeks are math majors; Atkinson in majoring in Science, Technology and Society. Just two of the top MCM teams were from the United States. The NC State students addressed the problem of modeling and simulating a highway toll facility, for which they were asked to consider the impact of self-driving vehicles, surges of heavy traffic, and human versus automatic toll collectors. They had 72 hours to develop the models, perform the simulations and write the report. The NC State team was also designated a SIAM Prize Recipient, with a $500 cash award, as well as an MAA Prize Recipient, with funding to present their results at the MAA MathFest 2017. More details are here and here.
NC State Team Shines in Modeling Contest
A second NC State team, Brandon Summers, Dominick Carbone and Grant Barkley, was designated a Meritorious Winner of the 2017 Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM), which placed them in the top 10% of 8085 participating teams. All three are math majors. Their problem focused on optimizing passenger movement through airport security. More details are here.
NC State Ph.D.’s Startup Impresses at RSA Conference
Cybersecurity startup Enveil, led by NC State math Ph.D. Ellison Anne Williams, was named runner-up among over 300 startups competing in the 2017 RSA Conference Innovation Sandbox Contest. Enveil was cited for its method of performing tasks on encrypted data without having to decrypt, thus avoiding an interface that is vulnerable to attack. Founded in summer 2016, Enveil is the youngest company ever to compete in the RSA Conference Innovation Sandbox. The annual RSA Conference held in San Francisco is considered the world’s premier information security conference. Williams was a senior researcher at the National Security Agency and a senior scientist at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab before starting Enveil.
Lloyd named Drexel Professor
The College of Sciences has named Professor Alun Lloyd as a Drexel Professor. Lloyd is a mathematical biologist who develops mathematical models that describe the spread of infections through populations. He also serves as director of NC State’s Biomathematics Graduate Program. He is the sixth member of the Mathematics Department to be appointed to one of NC State's Professorships of Distinction. The others are Leroy B. Martin Jr. Distinguished Professor H. T. Banks, Drexel Professor Tim Kelley, and Distinguished Professors Steve Campbell, Patrick Combettes and Ralph Smith. More information is here.
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SAS Hall, Home of the Mathematics and Statistics Departments
The Mathematics and Statistics Departments moved into state-of-the-art SAS Hall in May 2009. An article in the College of Sciences magazine SCOPE tells how the new building is changing life in the two departments.The story behind SAS hall is here. More SAS Hall photos here. Photos by Ted Branoff of SAS Hall under construction are here.
NC State Mathematics Graduation
The Math Graduation Ceremony for Spring 2017 was held on Friday, May 12th at 3:00 pm in 2203 SAS Hall. Pictures and video of the event is here.
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