YSU students excel at international mathematics competition

Two teams of Youngstown State University students won Meritorious awards in this year’s Mathematical Contest in Modeling competition.

The award places the YSU teams in the top 9 percent of the nearly 7,500 teams from around the world. In all, YSU had six teams and 18 students participate.

“I am so impressed by the outstanding performance of our students and their enthusiasm to model challenging applications using mathematics,” said Angela Spalsbury, chair of YSU’s Mathematics and Statistics Department. “We are very proud of our students and faculty members who help prepare them.”

Jenna Wise of Hubbard, Kyle Gumble of Austintown and Michael Baker of Bristolville, received Meritorious designation for their submission titled “Math-Tub: Heat Map for the Greater Good of Bathtime”.

Also receiving Meritorious honors were Kayla Zitello of Boardman, Camron Bagheri of Youngstown and Elizabeth Urig of Canfield for their submission titled “Bubble Baths: A Thermal-Fluid Investigation”.

Both teams were advised by George Yates, professor of Mathematics and Statistics.

In addition, four all-freshmen teams wrote successful solutions in the competition. “This is a remarkable achievement by our students who are so earlier in their college education,” said Paddy Taylor, associate professor. The teams:

  • Joseph Ciarniello, Joshua Potkanowicz and Kayla Rektor, all from Austintown.
  • Joshua Fromel of Canfield, Nicholas Tancabel of Boardman and Trenton Cersoli of Millerton, Pa.
  • Andrew Welsh of Austintown, Montana Gessler of Poland and Andrea Beck of Canfield.
  • Thomas Carnes of Lake Milton, Taylor Townsend of East Palestine and Derek Kozlowski of Columbiana.

The competition is conducted annually by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications. Teams of three students have 96 hours to develop a model of the problem, create a solution, and submit a written report for judging.