University hosts successful math conference

Representatives of institutions and organizations in eight states participated in the recent SIAM/MAA Fourth Mid-Atlantic Regional Applied Math Student Conference at Shippensburg University. SIAM (The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) is an international organization for applied mathematics. MAA is the Mathematical Association of America.

The conference was hosted by the university's student SIAM chapter in partnership withSIAM student chapters at University of Delaware, George Mason University, Penn State University and University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

Featured speaker was Dr. Suzanne Lenhart, University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). She spoke on the effects of order of events in population models with discrete time.

According to Dr. Luis Melara, assistant professor of mathematics, 43 participants attended from institutions in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. Institutions represented were Penn State, University of Delaware, George Mason , Shepherd University, Dickinson College New York University, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Louisiana State University, Howard University and Hagerstown Community College.

Also participating were representatives of the University of Tennessee & NIMBioS, U.S. Geological Survey, National Security Agency, National Institute of Standards & Technology and The MITRE Corporation.

The conference was funded by a National Security Agency grant, as well as funds from SIAM, Shippensburg University and the Shippensburg University Department of Mathematics.

Photos of the event are available at