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CC Students Win Prestigious Math Prize

A team of Colorado College students was one of only 11 “Outstanding Winners” of a worldwide mathematical modeling contest that drew 5,636 team entries.

CC Students Win Prestigious Math Prize

A team of Colorado College students was one of only 11 “Outstanding Winners” of a worldwide mathematical modeling contest that drew 5,636 team entries.

The students — Yukiko Iwasaki ’13, Namgyal Angmo ’14, and Aradhya Sood ’14 (left to right in photo) — wrote a paper, “Water, Water Everywhere: Meeting the Demands of Saudi Arabia’s Water Needs,” that also received the Frank R. Giordano Award.  The award, named after Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Frank R. Giordano who directed the Mathematical Contest in Modeling for many years, goes to a paper that demonstrates true excellence in the execution of the modeling process.

“The team. . . wrote a killer paper,” said Andrea Bruder, the team’s advisor and assistant professor of mathematics.

The students built a model for determining an “effective, feasible, and cost-efficient water strategy” for 2013 to meet the projected water needs of Saudi Arabia in 2025.  They were required to address storage, movement, desalinization, and conservation, and to identify the best water strategy, taking into account environmental, economic, and physical implications of the strategy.  They then were asked to write a non-technical position paper that government leaders could use.

The second team of Jenna Griffith ’15, Minqi Liu ’15, and Hannah Kim ’15, also entered the contest and received the designation of “successful participants.” The contest drew 375 U.S. teams and 5,261 non-U.S. teams.

The winning papers will be featured in “The UMAP Journal,” a publication of the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving mathematics education.

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