In 2011-12, students will expand their mathematical horizons by identifying and solving real problems for non-profit organizations by gathering data, analyzing results and making recommendations to the organizations where they work. The goal of the program is to develop future leaders who recognize the power of mathematics in analyzing problems, designing solutions and defending conclusions.
2011-12 Participants and Projects
Omead Eftekhari (class of 2012) is working with The Foundation for the Children of Iran, a group that brings children to the U.S. for life-saving treatments that are otherwise unavailable. He is experimenting with different social media and messages to determine the most effective way of reaching college students and young professionals and working on a model to analyze information about Persian student organizations.
Nicholas Thyr (class of 2012) is working with the Golden Valley city engineer to devise an assessment formula for the planned reconstruction of the Xenia Avenue and Golden Hills Drive intersection. Nicholas evaluated data, including physical footprint, redevelopment potential and traffic flow, for properties around the intersection. He plans to extend his project into a general template for Golden Valley to apply to future projects.
Advanced Mathematics Research program advisors
(left to right) Brad Peterson and Brad Kohl.