LTU students compete in 2018 Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM)

Release Date: March 7, 2018

Eleven LTU students in four teams participated in the 99-hour international Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) from Feb. 8 – 12, 2018. The teams had a choice of six open-ended applied problems to solve, using mathematics, computer, science, engineering, and writing skills. 

The problems cover continuous math, discrete math, data insights, operations/network science, environmental science, and public policy. Problems A, B, C are designated Mathematical Modeling; D, E, F are designated Interdisciplinary Modeling. LTU teams chose problems A, B (two teams), and D.

The teams are:

Patrick Carzon, Kyle Novak;

Mitzi Cruz, Joseph Schulte, Ethan Albany;

Austin Runkle, Austin VanRosenberg, David Perry;

Naim Shandi, Marianne DeBrito, Gregory Barnes.


The students' majors encompass Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, and Industrial Engineering, and one Dual Enrollment student (high school). 

Problem A, "Multi-hop HF Radio Propagation", involves analyzing the reflection of high frequency signals off the ocean surface, for both calm and turbulent waters, and modeling the effects on communication.  Problem B, "How Many Languages?", investigates trends in global languages in order to advise a multinational company interested in expanding by opening offices in multiple countries.  Problem D, "…Driving on E (electric, not empty)", asks for an analysis of the effects of an eventual limit or ban on use of gasoline for cars, and the factors involved in planning for charging networks, etc.  Details for all six problems can be found at

The teams were coached by faculty advisors Michael Dabkowski, Na Yu, Guang-Chong Zhu, and Ruth Favro.  Results will be available at the end of April.  Teams are ranked as Successful Participant, Honorable Mention, Meritorious, Finalist, and Outstanding.  Last year over 8,800 teams participated, from the USA, China, and 11 other countries.


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