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2020 PIC Math Student Showcase

PIC Math prepares mathematical sciences students for industrial careers by engaging them in research problems that come directly from industry. A strong component of PIC Math involves students working as a group on a semester-long undergraduate research problem from business, industry, or government.

Usually, their results are presented during MAA MathFest in the summer following their PIC Math semester. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 5th annual PIC Math Student Showcase pivoted to an online format for this year. Students from nineteen institutions were excited to present their research in a two-day online event. The full program of the event, including project abstracts, can be found here.

In addition to their live presentations, ten student groups chose to produce an additional two-minute video presentation of their project to be shared publicly. We are thrilled to be able to share with you these videos from the following institutions. Please click the institution name to see their video.

Bates College

Lewiston, Maine


Using Math to Understand Mental Health Services in Maine

  • Student Presenters: Jason Canaday, Claire Ruhlman
  • Faculty Advisor: Adriana Salerno
  • Industry Partner: Tri-County Mental Health Services
  • Industry Liaison: Jamie Owens, Chief Development Officer



The Catholic University of America

Washington, D.C.


Optimizing Waste Collection in Howard County using Mathematical Modeling Techniques

  • Student Presenters: Beth Pacious, Sarthak Regmi
  • Faculty Advisor: Prasad Senesi
  • Industry Partner:Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services
  • Industry Liaison:Marc DeLuca, Chief, Bureau of Environmental Services & Mark Kreis, Chief, Collections Division



Dixie State University

St. George, Utah


Trail Density Prediction Model for Zion National Park

  • Student Presenters: Heather Smith, Douglas Baer, Nicholas Warner
  • Faculty Advisor: Vinodh Chellamuthu
  • Industry Partner: Parks Data
  • Industry Liaison: Jason Pitts, Project Manager



Frostburg State University

Frostburg, Maryland


Redistricting Mineral County EMS Box Areas

  • Student Presenters: Bailey Brewer, Jay Collins, Andrew Kastner, Will Macomber
  • Faculty Advisor: Justin Dunmyre
  • Industry Partner: Mineral County Office of Emergency Services
  • Industry Liaison: Luke McKenzie, Director



Kutztown University

Kutztown, Pennsylvania


Estimating the Cost of Inflow and Infiltration at the Borough of Kutztown Wastewater Treatment Plant

  • Student Presenters:Vanessa Maybruck, Robert Goold, Alex Miller
  • Faculty Advisor:Eric Landquist
  • Industry Partner:Borough of Kutztown Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Industry Liaison:Jarrad Burkert



Lone Star College-North Harris

Houston, Texas


The Effect of Fan Promotions on Major League Baseball Attendance

  • Student Presenters:Colton Baker, Jonathan Nam
  • Faculty Advisor:Jennifer Travis
  • Industry Partner:Houston Astros
  • Industry Liaison:Jay Verrill, Senior Director, Business Strategy and Analytics



New York University

New York City, New York


Automatic Time Assignment System for Bus Fare Evasion Data Collection

  • Student Presenters: Yiming Huang
  • Faculty Advisor: Vindya Bhat
  • Industry Partner: Metropolitan Transit Authority New York City Transit
  • Industry Liaison:Timon Stasko, Manager, Operations Research & Erik Jensen, Acting Manager, Reporting Analytics



Rowan University

Glassboro, New Jersey


Identifying Road Anomalies Using YOLO

  • Student Presenters: Ciara Sikking, Matthew Gartland, Nick Sokoya
  • Faculty Advisor: Thanh Nguyen
  • Industry Partner: TransDat LLC.
  • Industry Liaison: Parth Bhavsar, CTO




University of Guam

Mangilao, Guam


An Analysis of the Fujita Pump Station

  • Student Presenters: Jonathan Bondoc, Allison Padaong, Jacob Richards, Mary Gold Raz
  • Faculty Advisors: Leslie Aquino, JaeYong Choi
  • Industry Partner: Guam Waterworks Authority
  • Industry Liaison: Will Esteves, Operations Support Team, Jessey Mendiola, Water Operations Team, and Mauryn McDonald, Acting Chief Engineer



University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, Colorado


The Effect of Zoning on Traffic

  • Student Presenters: Jeremy Taylor, Charlie Heidemann, Olivia Nikkari, Maxwell Solko
  • Faculty Advisor:Virgil Pierce
  • Industry Liaison:Matt Boulanger, Planning Director & Zoning Administrator for the town of Williston, Vermont




Support for this Program



PIC Math is a program of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).  Support is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF grant DMS-1722275).


For further information about the program, please contact MAA Programs.