New Mexico Tech Math Faculty and Students Attend MathFest, Aug. 12, 2005

by George Zamora

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Aug. 12, 2005 – Several faculty and students from the New Mexico Tech Department of Mathematics recently gave technical presentations on their current research at the Mathematical Association of America’s annual “MathFest” national convention, which was held earlier this month in the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Bill Stone, professor of mathematics and chair of the math department at New Mexico Tech, presented “Mathematical Modelling as a Capstone Course.”

Brian Borchers, professor of mathematics, presented “Achievement and Avoidance Games on Serigraphs.”

John Starret, assistant professor of mathematics, presented “The Pendulum Weaves All Knots and Links.”

New Mexico Tech graduate student Gabrielle Duncan gave a presentation titled “Blast Sound Propagation over Complex Terrain.”

Tech undergraduates Craig Nicholas and Timothy Trujillo presented student papers on “Fractional Iterates of Maps” and “J.C. Sprott’s Simple Chaotic Flows,” respectively.

New Mexico Tech undergrad Matt Hoffman also gave a presentation on "The Research Experience for Undergraduates Program.

MathFest is described by its sponsoring organization as “an intimate celebration of mathematics and mathematicians,” an annual program replete with varied events and activities, and complemented with an opening banquet, a Los Amigos Roundup, and an exhibit hall full of mathematical books and the latest in technology for the “mathematically inspired.”

The Mathematical Association of America is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level.