by George Zamora

SOCORRO, NM, May 6, 2004 – A mathematical modeling team comprised of New Mexico Tech undergraduates James Hunter, Alex Rand, and Carsten Steinebach recently was awarded an honorable mention in the 20th Annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling.

New Mexico Tech mathematics professor William Stone served as the team’s faculty advisor.

The 2004 Mathematical Contest in Modeling, held earlier this year, was primarily conducted as an online contest, with 599 teams representing institutions from 11 countries participating this year.

The four-day contest requires that competing teams research, model, and submit solutions to one of two mathematical modeling and interdisciplinary problems posed.

This year, one problem asked teams to develop a model to determine the uniqueness of human thumbprints, while the other requested that teams propose and test models for decreasing times spent waiting in line at amusement parks.

Major funding for the Mathematical Contest in Modeling is provided by a grant from the National Security Agency and support from the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications, which administers the annual contest.