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LTU students take part in Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM)

Nine LTU students in three teams of three participated in the 96-hour international Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) from Feb. 5 – 9, 2015.


Each year the teams have a choice of two open-ended applied problems to solve, using mathematics, computer science, various sciences, and writing skills. This year’s problems were very current. Problem A involved modeling a realistic strategy to eradicate Ebola, given a new medication, and including vaccine development and distribution and other factors.  Problem B involved modeling a useful search for an airplane lost in an ocean, assuming no signals generated, and taking into account different types of search planes and sensors.  Details can be found at


The teams are: Eric Beyer, Bob Gandolfo, Tyler Pleasant; David Inwald, Jose Rodrigo Sanchez-Vicarte, Mark Kenney; Mitzi Cruz, Kristin Jordan, Mohit Bansil.


Results will be available at the end of April.  The teams are ranked as Successful Participant, Honorable Mention, Meritorious, Finalist, and Outstanding.  Last year over 6,700 teams participated, from the U. S., China, and 12 other countries.

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