BAC Students Finalists in Math Modeling Challenge

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On September 28th & 29th, 2013, a team of three Bryn Athyn College students: Hyunook Suh, Veeshan Rayamajhee, and Garrett Asplundh, competed in the Cumberland Valley Math Modeling Challenge. Their chosen challenge? – Create a model for how to structure the NCAA football conferences so that travel distances are minimized and there is equity within each division.

The team had 24 hours to choose what factors to consider for “equity,” to find and test a solution, and develop a 10 minute presentation of their result. All teams who answered the same challenge problem presented their results to each other, and then voted on the best presentation. Bryn Athyn College placed first in presenting their challenge!

With a total of 10 teams competing, Bryn Athyn College then presented against colleges which had chosen a different challenge problem. The proposed solution used principles of Graph Theory, and the paper can be viewed here. Though they ultimately lost to Montgomery College, MD, the team is proud of being finalists in the first math competition BAC has entered, and had a blast pulling an all-nighter and meeting other math students and faculty.

Suh said, “Dr. Simonetti prepared us well; we went in with confidence. We were very excited to participate and so grateful that the math department sponsored us.”