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2002 IMA Summer Program
Mathematical Modeling in Industry - A Workshop for Graduate Students
May 26-June 3, 2002

Rachel Kuske, Fernando Reitich, and Fadil Santosa, Organizers
University of Minnesota

Team Reports
Team 1
Team 4
Team 2
Team 5
Team 3
Team 6

The 6 reports are published as IMA Preprint 1866 in the July 2002 series.

The IMA is holding a 9-day workshop on Mathematical Modeling in Industry. The workshop is designed to provide graduate students and qualified advanced undergraduates with first hand experience in industrial research.


Students will work in teams of up to 6 students under the guidance of a tutor from industry. The tutor will help guide the students in the modeling process, analysis and computational work associated with a real-world industrial problem. Each team will be expected to make a public oral presentation and submit a written report at the end of the 9-day period.

Projects and Industry Mentors

There will be 6 teams participating in the workshop. The following industry scientists have agreed to participate as mentors:

Team  Mentors Affiliation 

Dr. Leonard J. Borucki

Team 1 Members     Report

Motorola  Modeling of Planarization in Chemical-Mechanical Polishing

Dr. Sonja Glavaski

Team 2 Members     Report

Honeywell Modeling Networked Control Systems

Dr. Thomas A. Grandine

Team 3 Members     Report

Boeing Designing Airplane Engine Struts Using Minimal Surfaces

Dr. David Shallcross

Team 4 Members    Report

Telcordia Technologies Mobility Management in Cellular Telephony

Dr. David Misemer

Team 5 Members     Report

3M Corporation Optimal Design for a Varying Environment
pdf     Word

Dr. Suzhou Huang

Team 6 Members     Report

 Ford Optimal Pricing Strategy in Differentiated Durable-Goods Markets

Workshop Outline

Day 1 (May 26): Posing of problems by the 6 industry mentors. Half-hour introductory talks in the morning followed by a welcoming lunch. In the afternoon, the teams work with the mentors. The goal at the end of the day is to get the students to start working on the projects.

Day 2-Day 8: Students work on the projects. Mentors guide their groups through the modeling process, leading discussion sessions, suggesting references, and assigning work.

Day 6 (May 31): Informal progress reports by each group. This will be held in the morning.

Day 9 (June 3): Final presentations and submission of written reports. Closing lunch and pizza party. All activities are expected to end by 1:30 pm.


All sessions are in Lecture Hall EE/CS 3-180 unless otherwise noted.
9:00 am Coffee and Registration

Reception Room EE/CS 3-176

9:30 am Fadil Santosa , Robert Gulliver, and Rachel Kuske Welcome and Introduction
9:40 am Leonard J. Borucki
(Team 1)
Modeling of Planarization in Chemical-Mechanical Polishing
10:00 am Sonja Glavaski
(Team 2)
Modeling Networked Control Systems
10:20 am Thomas A. Grandine
(Team 3)
Designing Airplane Engine Struts Using Minimal Surfaces
10:40 am Break Reception Room EE/CS 3-176
11:00 am David Shallcross
(Team 4)
Mobility Management in Cellular Telephony
11:20 am David Misemer
(Team 5)
Optimal Design for a Varying Environment
pdf     Word
11:40 am Suzhou Huang
(Team 6)
Optimal Pricing Strategy in Differentiated Durable-Goods Markets
Buffet lunch at Dragon Court Restaurant
9:30 am Team 1  
9:50 am Team 2  
10:10 am Team 3  
10:30 am Break  
10:50 am Team 4  
11:10 am Team 5  
11:30 am Team 6  
12:30-3:00 pm
Picnic at Van Cleve Park, 901 15th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis
9:00 am Team 6  
9:30 am Team 5  
10:00 am Team 4  
10:30 am Break  
11:00 am Team 3  
11:30 am Team 2  
noon Team 1  
12:30 pm
Pizza Party in Lind 400

Confirmed Participants

Team 1: Modeling Planarization in Chemical-Mechanical Polishing
Mentor: Dr. Leonard Borucki (Motorola)
Students Department Affiliation
Dilek Alagoz Mathematics University of Kentucky
Stephanie Hoogendoorn Mathematics University of Pittsburgh
Satyanarayana Kakollu   Mississippi State University
Maria Reznikoff   Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
Richard Charles Schugart Mathematics North Carolina State University
Michael Sostarecz Mathematics Pennsylvania State University
Team 2: Modeling Networked Control Systems
Mentor: Dr. Sonja Glavaski (Honeywell)
Madalena Chaves Mathematics Rutgers University
Robert Day Mathematics University of Maryland, College Park
Lucia Gomez Ramos

Mathematical Sciences

University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
Parthasarathi Nag Mathematics Washington State University
Anca Williams Mathematical Sciences Portland State University
Wei Zhang Mathematics University of Kentucky
Team 3: Designing Airplane Engine Struts Using Minimal Surfaces
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Grandine (Boeing)
Sara Del Valle Mathematics University of Iowa
Todd Moeller Mathematics Georgia Institute of Technology
Siva Kumar Natarajan Mathematics and Statistics Utah State University
Gergina V. Pencheva Mathematics University of Pittsburgh
Jason Sherman Mathematical Sciences Kent State University
Steven Matthew Wise Engineering Physics Program University of Virginia
Team 4: Mobility Management in Cellular Telephony
Mentor: Dr. David Shallcross (Telcordia)
Benjamin Cooke Mathematics Duke University
Kwon Darongsae   Seoul National University, Korea
Dmitry Glotov Mathematics Purdue University
Simon Schurr Mathematics University of Maryland
Daniel Taylor Mathematics Washington State University
Todd Wittman Mathematics University of Minnesota
Team 5: Optimal Design for a Varying Environment
Mentor: Dr. David Misemer (3M)
Serguei Lapin Mathematics University of Houston
Xuan Hien Nguyen Mathematics University of Wisconsin, Madison
Jiyeon Oh Mathematical Sciences University of Cincinnati
Daniel Vasiliu Mathematics Michigan State University
Pei Yin Mathematics University of Missouri
Ningyi Zhang Mathematical Sciences University of Delaware
Team 6: Optimal Pricing Strategy in Differentiated Durable-Goods Market
Mentor: Dr. Suzhou Huang (Ford)
Miyuki Breen Theoretical and Applied Mathematics University of Akron
George Chikhladze   University of Missouri-Columbia
Jose E. Figueroa-Lopez Mathematics Georgia Institute of Technology
Yaniv Gershon Mathematics Wayne State University
Yanto Muliadi   Stanford University
Ivy E. Prendergast Mathematics University of Iowa
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