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Students’ Projects to be featured at Rose-Hulman’s Undergraduate Math Conference
March 23, 2011
Mathematical models and analysis of algorithms by Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology students will be featured in presentations
at the college's Undergraduate Mathematics Conference on Friday and
Saturday, March 25-26. The event is organized by the
Department of Mathematics to spotlight the accomplishments and work
in undergraduate mathematics.
A total of 26 student talks in four 20-minute sessions will
cover challenging academic projects, expository talks on
interesting mathematical topics, work done with a faculty member or
research completed during a Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Tim Ekl will present a model-based look at local weather data in
an attempt to identify whether global warming exists on a much
smaller, local scale. He used a linear model and statistical
analysis to find the amount of "local warming," if any, exists in
and around Terre Haute.
Meanwhile, Andy Milluzzi will showcase his love of everything
Lego in a presentation on "Lego: The Intersection of Art and
Engineering." He is a master Lego-builder, using Lego bricks
to create large-scale models and robotics projects.
In other talks, Eric Crockett will discuss algebraic solutions
to non-linear systems regarding cryptographic algorithms; Sarah
Jabon will examine the algorithmic threshold selection for the
peak-over-threshold method; and Michael Pridal-LoPiccolo will focus
on the security of the algorithm Keccak.
Also, Jack Pringle will introduce the application of projective
geometry in secret sharing schemes; Kayla Lutz will discuss how
mathematics played a major part in her yeast-based biomedical
engineering project; and Jonathon Strauser will talk about using
dynamic programming to compare protein structure alignment and
Other presentations will be made by students from Aquinas College,
Carmel (Ind.) High School, Greenville College, IUPUI, Illinois
Wesleyan University, Kent State University, Miami
University-Middletown, Millikin University, Northern Illinois
University, Northern Michigan University, Siena Heights University
and Trinity University.
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in
invited faculty presentations by Bryan Shader of the University of
Wyoming, on "Up with Determinants" and "Communication Complexity,"
and Travis Kowalski of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology,
on "Sineseeing: A Sightseeing Voyage with Sine."
Colleges from throughout the Midwest are planning to have
students and faculty members attend the conference.
Now in its 28th year, Rose-Hulman's Undergraduate Mathematics
Conference is sponsoredby the Mathematical Association of America,
through the National Science Foundation. This year's conference has
been organized by Rose-Hulman mathematics professors Leanne Holder
and Michael DeVasher, with assistance from department secretary
Jodi Daugherty and members of the Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics
fraternity and Rose-Hulman Math Club.
Details about this year's conference can be found online.