YSU’s MathFest team wins a record 6 awards

Staff report


Youngstown State University math students continued their winning ways at the 2013 MathFest in Hartford, Conn., last month, taking home a record six awards.

This year’s YSU team broke the record of five awards set in 2005 and 2006, also by teams from YSU. No other school has won more than three awards at any MathFest.

“We are very proud of the performance of all of our students,” said George Yates, YSU associate professor of mathematics and statistics. “They continue a tradition of being outstanding ambassadors for YSU, the STEM College and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.”

MathFest is the name for the annual summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America and Pi Mu Epsilon.

In all, 11 YSU students gave oral presentations, and six students won awards for excellence in student exposition and research, sponsored by the American Mathematical Society and the American Statistical Society.

Those who won awards and their projects are:

Camron A. Bagheri of Youngstown, “Applications of Linear Algebra to the Fibonacci Sequence.”

Michael A. Baker of Bristolville, “A Study of Optical Gain in Three-Component Multi- layered Films.”

Kim Do of Bien Hoa, Vietnam, “Introduction to Combinatorial Game Theory and What Lies Underneath.”

Ashley Orr of Columbiana, “Fourier and Wavelet Analysis: Extracting the Business Cycle.”

Sarah Ritchey of Sharon, Pa., “Residue Number System Algorithms for Signed Numbers.”

Eric Shehadi of McDonald, “Prioritizing Vacant Residential Properties for Demolition in Youngstown.”

Also attending were Daniel P. Catello of Youngstown, “Managing Risk through Linear Techniques”; Shawn Doyle of Bessemer, Pa., “Newton’s Series for Pi”; James D. Munyon of Columbiana, “Ranking the 2012 NFL Teams”; Blain A. Patterson of Salineville, “Isometrics as Reflections”; and Matthew C. Pierson of Boardman, “A Characterization of Dihedral and Generalized Quaternion Groups.”

“The real value of taking students to this and other conferences is to expose them to the variety of mathematics that occurs throughout society and to encourage interactions with students and faculty from other universities,” said Yates. “Another goal is to excite students about mathematics and involve them in professional activities that lead to a lifetime of learning.”

Yates; Angela Spalsbury, associate professor and chair of mathematics and statistics; and Alicia Prieto-Langarica, assistant professor, attended MathFest with the students. Faculty who advised students on their projects included Spalsbury; David Pollack, associate professor, mathematics and statistics; Michael Crescimanno, professor, physics and astronomy; Robert Kramer, associate professor, computer science and information systems; and Tom Wakefield, associate professor, mathematics and statistics.

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