Truman Students Clinch International Mathematical Award by Beating 943 Teams

Two teams of Truman students recently received honors in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, an international problem-solving competition held by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications.

The team of Bach Ha, a senior computer science and mathematics double major from Hanoi, Vietnam; Dan Matheny, a senior mathematics major from Columbia, Mo.; and Spencer Tipping, a sophomore computer science major from New Boston, Mo.; won the contest.

They were designated “Outstanding Winners,” beating 943 teams, tying with five others, including teams from Harvard and MIT, and losing to no one. Their solution was also selected as the Mathematical Association of America Prize winner, meaning it will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal, Undergraduate Mathematics and its Applications.

The second team included Adam Gouge, a senior mathematics and physics double major from Seneca, Mo.; Kristofer (Kip) Raske, a junior mathematics major from St. Louis; and Matt Sealy, a senior mathematics and physics double major from Joliet, Ill. They captured an “Honorable Mention,” beating 558 teams and placing in the top 27 percent.

Both teams have been asked to present their results at the Fourth Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium March 30-31 at Simpson College in Iowa.

The teams were advised by Steven Smith, professor of mathematics.

For the contest, teams were to solve one of two designated problems within 96 hours. Team advisers then mailed off the solutions.

Truman began competing in this contest in 1989 and these are the 13th and 14th teams from the University to receive awards. This marks only the third year that both Truman teams have received an award and the first year that a team from Truman has won the contest.
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