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LTU students participate in the 2016 Mathematical Contest in Modeling, one team wins best student presentation award


Nine LTU students in three teams participated in the 2016 international Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM). The team of LTU students Mohit Bansil, Aaron Craig, and Nicholas Paul won an award for best student presentation!

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, for Problem A, students were asked to develop a model of the temperature of bathtub water in space and time to determine the best strategy to keep the temperature even and as close as possible to the initial temperature without wasting too much water. Problem B involved developing a time-dependent model to determine the best combination of alternatives that a private firm could adopt as a commercial opportunity to address the space debris problem, and whether an economically feasible opportunity exists. Details can be found at


The teams are:

Mohit Bansil, Aaron Craig, Nicholas Paul;

Jose Rodrigo Sanchez-Vicarte, Kristin Jordan, Xinrui Zhou;

Momin Aftab, Nirmit Changani, Ryan Pakledinaz.


In addition, student Nicole Yu entered the MCM Media Contest with a video documenting the experience of our teams during the contest.

The teams were coached by faculty advisors Michael Dabkowski, Na Yu, Ruth Favro, and Guang-Chong Zhu. Results will be available at the end of April.  Teams are ranked as Successful Participant, Honorable Mention, Meritorious, Finalist, and Outstanding.  Last year over 7,500 teams participated, from the USA, China, and 12 other countries.