2008 MCM at UAF

The MCM is the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, an applied simulation and mathematics contest-by-mail.  Across the world, thousands of teams of three undergraduates spend four long days writing code and preparing a 50+ page writeup for their choice of two problems.  The writeups are then mailed to COMAP and read, and the winning "Outstanding" writeups are published in the COMAP journal.  UAF has had quite a few Outstanding papers in the past, and both of UAF's 2006 teams were rated "Meritorious", the second-highest possible ranking.

2008 "Outstanding" UAF MCM Team

CS major Seth Chadwick, math major Rachel Krieg, and Physics/CS/Math triple-major Christopher Granade's 62-page team writeup on generating Sudoku problems was designated "Outstanding" by COMAP, the highest possible ranking, achieved by only 9 of the 1,162 teams competing!  Their paper will be published in the fall 2008 COMAP journal.  Their paper was also selected as the INFORMS prize winner by the Institute for Operations  Research and the Management Sciences.   Our team's designation as "Outstanding" in an international competition of this caliber is a significant achievement, both for the students and for UAF!
Scatterplot of runtime vs WNEF

Another UAF MCM team consisted of CS majors James Halliday, Ruth Rutter, and Joel St. John.  Their 36-page team writeup on generating Sudoku problems rated an "Honorable Mention" (top 41%).
Posted by Dr. Lawlor, MCM 2008 Faculty Advisor.