The 35th annual Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications Mathematical Contest in Modeling
results are in, and two teams of IUP mathematics students participated in this year’s contest.
This year 14,108 teams competed in the contest that ran from Thursday, January 24, to
Monday, January 28. The team of Paul Tomosky (MIS, Bolivar, Pa.), Dafni Pratt (Mathematics, Philadelphia), and Vincent
Thompson (Physics and Mathematics, Indiana, Pa.) received honorable mention for their work on selecting, configuring,
optimally packing, and deploying unmanned aerial vehicles to supplement
existing relief medical supply chains in Puerto Rico. The designation of
honorable mention puts the group in the top 25 percent of contest participants.
The team of Peter Stapleford (Biochemistry, Lemasters, Pa.), Esteban Garcia (Applied Mathematics, Easton, Pa.), and Brandon
Vought (Physics Education, Homer City, Pa.) also successfully competed in the competition working on the opioid
epidemic. To complete this task, the team examined seven years of socioeconomic
data for five states and developed a model to determine origins of the crisis,
and which factors were linked to trends in the data set. Teams then needed to
put forth strategies for combating the epidemic based on their model.
Both teams were advised by John Chrispell
from the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences. Further details about the COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling can be found at the COMAP website.