Students Learn Real World Uses of Advanced Math at WPI

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics is hosting Research Experiences for Undergraduates, a program funded by the National Science Foundation. The students work in close collaboration with faculty and industrial sponsors, including John Hancock, Morgan Construction Co. and Veeder Root, to get a glimpse into how advanced mathematics is used to solve complex problems. The students will take part in site visits to United Technologies Research Center, BOSE and IBM. This year's participants, who receive a $2,400 stipend and housing, include:

  • Xiomara Carrero of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The daughter of Migdalia Martinez, she is a senior business administration/statistics major at the University of Puerto Rico.

  • Paul Dostert of Guilford, Conn. He is the son of Rose Dostert and a senior at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., where he is majoring in applied mathematics.

  • Bryan Heilman of Clay Center, Ks. The son of Bob and Sally Heilman, he will graduate from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Ks., in December and is majoring in mathematics.

  • Brendan Hogan of Pensfield, N.Y. The son of Dennis and Christine Hogan, he is a senior at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., majoring in mathematics.

  • Catherine Lee of Fountain Valley, Calif. The daughter of Ginfu and Choying Lee, she is a junior at the University of California at Berkeley where she is majoring in pure mathematics.

  • Samuel Pruitt of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. The son of Norman and Christina Pruitt, he is a senior mathematics major at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.

  • Christopher Shane of Salina, Ks. The son of Doris Shane, he is a senior at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Ks., majoring in mathematics.

  • Lauren Wheeler of Medford, N.Y. The daughter of Lorraine and Norman Wheeler, she is a senior at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa., majoring in mathematics.

  • Sarah E. Winne of Wethersfield, Conn., the daughter of Sue Winne of Wethersfield and Mark Winne of Hartford, Conn. She is a senior mathematics major with a Russian minor at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.

  • Jake Woods of Durham, N.C. He is a junior at Duke University in Durham, N.C., majoring in mathematics.

  • Brian Ball of Naperville, Ill. A junior at WPI and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Ball, he serves at the REU assistant. He is majoring in physics.

WPI, founded in 1865, is renowned for its project-based curriculum. Under the WPI Plan, students integrate classroom studies with research projects conducted on campus and around the world.