by George Zamora
Photo: New Mexico Tech's COMAP team is comprised of (from left to right) John Korbin, Tim Trujillo, Craig Nicholas, and faculty advisor/math professor John Starrett.
SOCORRO, N.M., April 13, 2006 – A mathematical modeling team comprised of New Mexico Tech undergraduates John Korbin, Craig Nicholas, and Tim Trujillo recently earned an “honorable mention” certificate in the 22nd Annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM).
New Mexico Tech mathematics professor John Starrett served as the team’s faculty advisor.
The 2006 MCM, held earlier this year, was primarily conducted as an international online contest for high school students and college undergraduates, with 970 teams representing institutions from more than ten countries participating this year.
The four-day contest requires that competing teams research, model, and submit solutions to one of three mathematical modeling and interdisciplinary problems posed.
This year, Problem A, which was successfully solved by the New Mexico Tech team, asked competitors to develop a model to determine the optimal configuration for positioning and moving around an irrigation sprinkler system.
Major funding for the MCM is provided by a grant from the National Security Agency and support from the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP), a non-profit organization which administers the annual contest.