UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Mathematics

Undergraduate Research

URSCA DAY

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UWRF Math Modeling Team Honorable Mention Winners of COMAP 2018 Contest

Team members Roman Alvarado, Emma Cobian and Austin Wilcox, pictured above share their research results as part of the events at the Second Annual Integration Bee. They wrote a paper to address Problem B: How Many Languages? They used differential equations, matrix theory and an analogy to gravitational pull to analyze modern evolution of languages and thus advise a multinational company about where to open new offices. This designation puts them in the top 44% of the 10,670 teams that competed this year. The team also traveled to Madison to present their results at Research in the Rotunda.

 

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UWRF Math Modeling Team Honorable Mention Winners of COMAP 2018 Contest

Team members Lindsey Hiebert and Hannah Luedtke, pictured above, share their research results as a part of the events at the Second Annual Integration Bee. Along with team member, Sara Noble (not pictured) they wrote a paper to address Problem B: How Many Languages? They used ideas about correlation and regression in their linear model to analyze modern evolution of languages and thus advise a multinational company about where to open new offices. This designation puts them in the top 44% of the 10,670 teams that competed this year.

 

 

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UWRF Math Modeling Team Successful Participants in COMAP 2018 Contest

Team members Spencer Morrison and Bailey Pierskalla, pictured above, share their research results as part of the events at the Second Annual Integration Bee. Along with team member, Cavan Maher (not pictured) they wrote a paper to address Problem C: Energy Production. They analyzed energy profiles of four southwestern states in order to inform state governments how best to cooperate in their energy production and usage.  They wrote code in Mathematica to implement simple regression, multiple regression and conditional branch methods.

 Math Modeling 2017 Jake Minor, Emma Cobian and Austin Wilcox

UWRF Math Modeling Team Meritorious Winners of COMAP 2017 Contest

Team members Jake Minor, Emma Cobian and Austin Wilcox, pictured above share their research results as part of the events at the First Annual Integration Bee. They wrote a paper to address Problem B: Merge After Toll, in which they compared a horizontal barrier and a staggered barrier for merging traffic after toll booths.  This designation puts them in the top 8% of the 8843 teams that competed this year.

 

Math Modeling 2017 Joe Opseth, John Incha and Spencer Morrison 

UWRF Math Modeling Team Honorable Mention Winners of COMAP 2017 Contest

Team members Joe Opseth, John Incha and Spencer Morrison, pictured above share their research results as part of the events at the the First Annual Integration Bee. In their paper "Road Following Robots in the 21st Century," they addressed Problem C: Cooperate and Navigate, about improving traffic congestion through the introduction of self-driving, cooperative automobiles.  This designation puts them in the top 48% of the 8843 competing teams.

 

Jake Minor's presentation of

Generating Functions and Partition Identities

Jake Minor presented his research on "Generating Functions and Partition Identities" at the Fall Gala on Tuesday December 13, 2016

 

Kerrin Elberg

Measuring Voter Power with Calculus

Kerrin Elberg presented her research on "Measuring Voter Power with Calculus" at the Fall Gala on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

 Math Modeling Team 2016 Meritorious Joe Opseth, Kyle Swanson, Sanghee Lee

UWRF Math Modeling Team Meritorious Winners of COMAP 2016 Contest 

Team members Joe Opseth, Kyle Swanson and Sanghee Lee pictured above share their research results on URSCA Day. The designation, Meritorious places them in the top 8% of all participants.  In their paper, "Clearing Orbital Debris," they analyzed seven different methods for clearing space debris for commercial viability. Their model used ideas from combinatorics and Solow models.

 

Math Modeling Team 2016 Honorable Mention Dagan Hathaway, Maria Eskro, Austin Wilcox

UWRF Math Modeling Team Honorable Mention Winners of COMAP 2016 Contest

Team members Dagan Hathaway, Maria Eskro and Austin Wilcox pictured above share their research results on URSCA Day.  The designation, Honorable Mention places them in the top 43% of all participants.  In their paper, "The Sky is Falling: A Study of Space Debris," they developed a computer simulation to analyze the financial and political viability of clearing space debris with either a sling-sat or an ablative laser.

  Math Modeling Team 2014

UWRF Math Modeling Team Meritorious Winners of COMAP 2014 Contest

Team Members Joe Opseth, Heather Snyder, and Abby Mediger pictured above share their research results on Research, Scholarly & Creative Activity Day on campus.  On February 6-10, the team participated in the 2014 Mathematical Contest in Modeling administered by COMAP (Consortium of Mathematics and Its Applications). They earned the designation: Meritorious Winner, placing them in the top 10% of all participants.  The internet-based competition involved 6755 teams from eighteen countries.  The UWRF team developed a mathematical model to solve the Problem B challenge, "College Coaching Legends,"  which asked competitors to develop metrics that would determine the best coach in a variety of college sports.   

Math RSCA 2013 Amanda Marthaler 

Islamic Art and Patterns: Extending Traditional Islamic Art Patterns Using Modular Arithmetic and Fibonacci Sequences

Amanda Marthaler presented her project on Islamic art at the Research, Scholarly, & Creative Activity Day on April 17, 2014.  Her project observes and analyzes the patterns within modular arithmetic and modular generalized Fibonacci sequences, and how they relate to shapes found in Islamic art.

Charles Collins & Amanda Finke present their Spring 2013 Math Modeling Poster 

UWRF Math Modeling Team of COMAP 2013 Contest

Team members Charles Collins and Amanda Finke share their research on the Water, Water Everywhere problem with their paper, “Efficiently Satisfying the Water Needs of the United States.” They worked together with teammate Laura Rogers to analyze routing, supply, demand and cost of water distribution by creating a model based on the operations of the United States Postal Service.

 

Lisa Rosenthal presents her spring 2013 Math Modeling Poster

Database Query Optimization: An Analysis of Relational Algebra

Lisa Rosenthal presented her project on optimizing executional time of relational queries at the Research Scholarly & Creative Activity Day on April 18, 2013. Using SQL (Structured Query Language) with an Oracle database, Lisa evaluated different algorithms and strategies using parse trees to find more efficient ways of manipulating algebraic expressions associated with a variety of queries.

 

Tyler Hefty presents his spring 2013 Math Modeling Poster 

UWRF Math Modeling Team of COMAP 2013 Contest

Tyler Hefty shares research on the Ultimate Brownie Pan problem that he completed with team members Jacquelyn Trepanier and Laura Kleppe.  In their paper “Architect of the Future Brownie Pan,” the team analyzed heat flow in polygonal brownie pans and the packing problem for polygons in a rectangular oven. They concluded that with circular pans they could balance the goals of maximizing the number of brownies cooked at one time while preserving even heating.

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Department of Mathematics
Laurel Langford, Department Chair
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410 S. 3rd Street, River Falls, WI 54022-5001

 

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