Category: "Mathematics"

Alumnus Honored as 2014 Apker Finalist

November 20, 2014

Harvey Mudd College physics graduate Jaron Kent-Dobias ’14 was selected as a finalist for the American Physical Society’s 2014 LeRoy Apker Award. The Apker Award recognizes outstanding achievements in physics by undergraduate students, providing encouragement to young physicists who have demonstrated great potential for future scientific accomplishment. Kent-Dobias is the College’s eighth Apker finalist since […]

Endowed Chair Appointments Include New Stauffer Chair

October 16, 2014

Hal Van Ryswyk Harvey Mudd College has appointed Professor of Chemistry Hal Van Ryswyk to the inaugural John Stauffer Professorship in Chemistry, an endowed chair established in 2014 by the trustees of the John Stauffer Charitable Trust and with matching funds from the College. An important addition to the $150 million Campaign for Harvey Mudd […]

Marathon Math Exam Strategy: Classify, Conquer and Complete

December 6, 2013

About 80 Harvey Mudd College students will pit their mathematical prowess against the “mother of all exams” Saturday, Dec. 7, in the 2013 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. A grueling, six-hour exam comprised of 12 questions, the Putnam proves so challenging that for the thousands of students who take it each year the median score […]

Harvey Mudd Professor First American Awarded Colombian Math Prize

October 16, 2013

Nearly 500 people petitioned for rule changes that would allow his nomination. Among their reasons, they cited Harvey Mudd College mathematics Professor Alfonso Castro’s involvement with the Colombian mathematical community. He co-authored 14 of his published papers with Colombian mathematicians, advised six Colombian doctoral students, and organized four national Colombian mathematical meetings. He introduced specialists […]

Moody Lecture Part Math, Part Performance

September 19, 2013

We do it every day and don’t think of it as mathematics. From arranging songs in our playlists to juggling appointments in our calendars, we count and combine, attempting arrangements that satisfy specific criteria. For example, we may ask ourselves, “How many different ways can I arrange a 40-hour work week if I have 35 […]

Bernoff Awarded SIAM Outstanding Paper

May 20, 2013

Harvey Mudd College mathematics Professor Andrew Bernoff has won the 2013 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Outstanding Paper Prize for a paper he co-authored with Macalester College mathematics Professor Chad Topaz. The award is given for outstanding papers published in SIAM journals during the past three years. “A Primer of Swarm Equilibria,” published […]

Francis Su Elected MAA President

May 17, 2013

The Mathematical Association of America has elected Harvey Mudd College mathematics Professor Francis Su to be its 55th president. The MAA is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics at the undergraduate level. One of the youngest presidents in MAA’s history, Su will serve as president-elect in 2014, participating in the governance of the […]

Levy to Receive Alder Award for Teaching

April 22, 2013

The Mathematical Association of America has chosen Rachel Levy, associate professor of mathematics, to receive its 2013 Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning Faculty Member. The award will be presented Aug. 2, 2013 at the MAA’s MathFest in Hartford, Conn. Levy is the fourth Harvey Mudd College faculty member to receive […]

Mathematics of Doodling Topic of Moody Lecture

March 22, 2013

Four-time Putnam Fellow and Stanford University mathematics Professor Ravi Vakil will present the fifth lecture in the Michael E. Moody Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, in the Galileo McAlister Lecture Hall at Harvey Mudd College. Vakil’s talk, “The Mathematics of Doodling,” will explore the mathematical aspects—patterns, shapes, numbers and more—of doodling. The […]

Math Alumnae Featured in SIAM Publication

February 20, 2013

Harvey Mudd College alumnae Lindsay Hall ’12 and Andrea Levy ’11 are featured in Careers in Applied Mathematics, published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The SIAM publication profiles 18 professionals who represent the diverse careers available to mathematicians in a variety of industries and fields. “If you broaden your perspective on […]