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Computational Science, Modeling, and Simulation Being Featured in Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Conference

April 11, 2014

David Womble

David Womble

Innovative fields of computational mathematics and modeling are being featured in Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s distinguished undergraduate mathematics conference on campus on Friday and Saturday, April 11-12.

Approximately 120 people from 15 colleges and universities as far away as California, Montana, New Mexico, and North Carolina will participate in three invited presentations, 31 student talks, and two panel discussions. The conference is organized by the Department of Mathematics and sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America, National Science Foundation, MapleSoft, Metron Scientific Solutions, Minitab, and Maplesoft.

Two invited speakers will address the expanding fields of computational mathematics and computational biology: David Womble, PhD, senior manager of the Sandia National Laboratories’ Computational Simulation Group, and Ralph Smith, PhD, professor of mathematics at North Carolina State University.

Womble, a 1982 Rose-Hulman mathematics and computer science alumnus, will make presentations on “The Role of Mathematics and Computer Science in Computational Simulation” and “A Mathematician in Industry,” highlighting what it takes to be a successful industrial mathematician.

Smith is editor-in-chief of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics’ Advances in Design and Control book series. He will present “Uncertainty Quantification for Physical and Biological Models,” a new and evolving topic in mathematics.

Former Rose-Hulman mathematics professor Robert Lopez, now of Maplesoft, is returning to campus to discuss “Clickable Calculus” on Friday.

Rose-Hulman senior Alex Thomas is among five students selected as finalists for the conference’s best presentation award. They will be featured on Saturday morning, and competing for a $100 award.

Other Rose-Hulman students making undergraduate talks on Friday will be Brent Austgen, Travis Baumbaugh, Liz Evans, Edna Jones, Brett Sneed, and Alex Zellner.

Presentations will also be made by students from Aquinas College, Boise State University, Eastern Illinois University, IUPUI, Illinois College, Illinois Wesleyan University, University of Kentucky, Manchester University, Marshall University, Millikin University, Ohio University, Saint Francis University, Santa Monica College, and Taylor University.

These student presentations may be expanded into research papers for publication in Rose-Hulman’s Undergraduate Mathematics Journal, which is devoted to scholarly work by undergraduates on topics related to mathematics.

The conference will also feature a panel discussion on industrial careers in mathematics, featuring professional mathematicians Jeremiah Reinkoester of State Farm Insurance, Daniel Skoog of Maplesoft, and Womble, along with Rose-Hulman mathematics professors Mark Inlow and Christina Selby. A graduate school preparation panel will feature graduate directors of Indiana University and the University of Illinois, and students currently in graduate studies at Illinois and Purdue University.

This year’s conference has been organized by Kurt Bryan, PhD, professor of mathematics, and Joseph Eichholz, PhD, assistant professor of mathematics, with assistance from department secretary Michelle Prather.