Interdisciplinary Team Takes Second in Montana Mathematical Modeling Challenge
November 04, 2019
University of Idaho seniors Annika Esau, computer science, Teja Sunku, statistics, and Tony Clay, civil engineering, took second place for their written paper during the 2019 Montana Mathematical Modeling Challenge. Undergraduate teams work for 24 hours straight to solve an open ended, real world problem using only "non-sentient" resources such as online and other published resources and write and present a one-page summary of results.
"This intensive, collaborative environment is like a crash-course in teamwork and skill-building," said Esau. "It taught us not only how to work well with one another, but also how to work well with anyone, even in stressful situations."
This year's U of I team tackled ways to summarize hospital patient data in a readable format and to easily answer questions about patient need and behavior.
Thirteen teams participated, including teams from Carroll College, Montana State University and Washington State University.
The Montana Mathematical Modeling Challenge is designed to provide students with multiple forms of immediate feedback on their solutions. Participants have the opportunity to interact with peers and observe different solution approaches presented by other teams.
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