at the University of Puget Sound

Given that the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) held its first competition in 1984, the University of Puget Sound has a "long" tradition of participation.

The Mathematical Contest in Modeling is an international competition sponsored by COMAP that asks teams of three undergraduates to spend a weekend modeling an applied mathematics problem. On a Thursday afternoon at 5 P.M. in February the teams receive short descriptions of two open-ended problems. Generally one has a continuous flavor (e.g. physics, differential equations) and the other has a discrete flavor (e.g. computer science, combinatorics). The teams choose one problem to work on, and may use any inanimate aids (books, computers, etc.). By Monday at 5 P.M., they are to have a complete report prepared and out in the mail.

It is amazing to see the effort expended and the results achieved by these teams in four days' time. In even numbered years, the contest is generally undertaken by members of the Mathematical Modeling class (Math/Csci 471), and in odd numbered years the teams are composed of members of Optimization class (Math/Csci 335). If you are a current UPS student majoring in mathematics or computer science (or one of the other sciences) and are interested in competing, please contact Professor Michael Casey.

Thanks to Kelly Cline for entering the problem statements from past years, and graciously allowing me to link into his page. Kelly also has boatloads of advice on how to approach the contest. If you wish to see some of the winning papers (there is really no such thing as a "solution") consult the Fall issue (no. 3) of each year's UMAP Journal - it is devoted entirely to a year's competition, complete with problem statements, winning papers and practitioners' commentaries.

And here's a record of our previous teams' efforts. The top three or four papers for each problem are designated "Outstanding", the next 15% or so are designated "Meritorious" and the remainder of the top 50% are designated "Honorable Mention." The "Successful Participant" designation is as the name implies. Faculty Advisers have been Professor Rob Beezer (1987-2000), Professor DeWayne Deerryberry (2001), Professor Michael Casey (2002-)

Year | Standing | Team Members | Problem | ||
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2002 | Honorable Mention | Gus Terlaje | Tim Terlaje | Raina Mroczek | Airline Overbooking |

2002 | Successful Participant | Kamaria De Chabert | Carla-Jean Fellezs | Molly Schaub | Airline Overbooking |

2002 | Successful Participant | Buck Defore | Christopher Caton | Jason Legan | Airline Overbooking |

2001 | Successful Participant | Jesse Abdul | Chris Akamine | Micah Tanaka | Hurricane Escape |

2001 | Successful Participant | Phillip Barker | Molly Schaub | Tommy Wiley | Hurricane Escape |

2001 | Successful Participant | Anita Askman | Todd Kopet | Michael Thomas | Bicycle Wheel |

2000 | Honorable Mention | Bret Schnorenberg | David Pendergrast | Ryan Wells | Radio Channel Assignment |

2000 | Successful Participant | Jennifer Graham | Michah Lenderman | Amanda White | Radio Channel Assignment |

1999 | Outstanding-INFORMS | Dan Forrest | Murray Johnson | Garrett Aufdemberg | Deep Impact |

1999 | Meritorious | Melody Laycock | Jon Panttaja | David Pendergrast | Deep Impact |

1999 | Honorable Mention | Nick Michal | Steve Swanson | John Kenworthy | Unlawful Assembly |

1999 | Successful Participant | Cari MacKay | Jessica Evans | Jennifer Graham | Deep Impact |

1999 | Unofficial | Brent Martin | Tommy Wiley | Glen Meharg | Deep Impact |

1999 | Unofficial | Jessica Meyers | John Kotje | Nick Kirsch | Unlawful Assembly |

1998 | Meritorious | Melody Laycock | Nick Michal | Jon Panttaja | MRI Scanners |

1998 | Meritorious | Brian Fraker | Dan Forrest | Murray Johnson | Grade Inflation |

1998 | Honorable Mention | Vicki Crooks | Lori Inman | Nathalie Williams | Grade Inflation |

1998 | Successful Participant | Cari MacKay | Will Smith | Matt VanHorne | Grade Inflation |

1997 | Meritorious | Jonathan Buck | Steve Hastings | Matt Shupe | Dinosaur Hunting |

1997 | Successful Participant | Brad Johnson | Kim Mathewson | Micah Whitman | Dinosaur Hunting |

1997 | Honorable Mention | Nick Michal | Jon Panttaja | Steve Swanson | Group Discussions |

1997 | Successful Participant | Charles Aggenbach | Jason Clark | Erik Kramer | Group Discussions |

1997 | Unofficial | Dan Forrest | Murray Johnson | Gabe Newton | Dinosaur Hunting |

1996 | Honorable Mention | Alison Moser | Shannon O'Leary | Matt Shupe | Submarine Tracking |

1996 | Honorable Mention | Steve Hastings | Anne Hiigel | Ryan Troy | Paper Judging |

1996 | Honorable Mention | Eric Cook | Jennifer Hunter | Anton Kramer | Paper Judging |

1995 | Honorable Mention | Eric Cook | Gretchen Harriman | Adrienne Sarmiento | Faculty Compensation |

1995 | Successful Participant | Arden Ewin | David Neel | Donna Baldwin | Faculty Compensation |

1994 | Meritorious | Eric Anderson | Ted Day | Tim Schaub | Network Design |

1994 | Meritorious | Tanya Miller | Christine Steele | Brent Steiner | Network Design |

1993 | Honorable Mention | Todd Ellebracht | Ross Larsen | Greg Luethe | |

1993 | Honorable Mention | Ted Day | Mark DosRemedios | Sean Murray | Coal-Tipple Operations |

1992 | Meritorious | Julie Lindemann | Sean Murray | Mark DosRemedios | Power Restoration |

1992 | Honorable Mention | Steve Hackstadt | John Hasegawa | Devon McNare | Power Restoration |

1987 | Honorable Mention | Chris Pirih | Joe Strand | Mike Williamson | Parking Lot Layout |

Rob Beezer, beezer@ups.edu, Updated: May 9, 2002; Created: May 8, 1996