Conference at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications

Sponsored by Honeywell

Organizers: Raymond Johnson, Fletcher Jones, James Turner
Raymond Johnson               Fletcher Jones              James Turner
Department of Mathematics     P. O. Box 218               Dept. Mathematics
University of Maryland        IBM                         Florida A & M 
College Park, MD20742-4015    Yorktown Heights, NY 10598  Tallahassee, FL 32307

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Mathematical problems arising in industrial applications typically embody complicated, interdisciplinary issues of formulation, analysis and solution. Minorities in mathematical careers are often attracted to areas in which their results can have a societal impact. There are many opportunities provided by real-world problems for high-quality research, contributions to practical results, and rewarding scientific careers. The purpose of the weekend workshop is to show examples of people and problems from industrial settings and to develop a set of concrete action items that individuals and agencies can carry out and help minority scientists at all levels and in varied environments become involved with industrial problems.

The first goal will be achieved through technical talks by selected participants chosen based on their success with real-world problems. The collection of action items will build on suggestions received at earlier workshops.

The IMA will invite approximately (i) 20 senior minority mathematical scientists, both from industry and from universities. (The approximately 15 speakers and discussion leaders in the tentative progam described below are among the 20 invited researchers.)

(ii) 40 minority graduate students with interest in the application of mathematics.

The IMA will write to department chairs around the United States to solicit graduate student candidates to participate in the workshop. Ohter sources of minority applicants will be contacted, such as participants on listservs of various minority scientific groups. The final decision on the invited students will take demographic distribution and likely impact on the minority applied mathematics community into account. The document which will be developed by the parficipants will be widely circulated to mathematics departments, as well as to industrial labs, univesity administrators, and funding agencies.

Friday, October 4
6:00 pm:  Reception, Radisson Hotel Metrodome
Participants will gather outside the Nolte Room, second floor of Radisson Hotel

7:00 pm:  Dinner,  Radisson Hotel Metrodome
Nolte Room, second floor of Radisson Hotel

8:30 pm:  Avner Friedman, IMA Director

8:40 pm:  James Turner, Florida A & M University
What we intend to accomplish
Saturday, October 5

7:30 am:  Registration and Coffee, Reception Room EE/CS 3-176

8:00-10:00      Five Technical talks (20 Minutes each):

8:00            Dereje Agonafer
                An Integrated Solid Model Based 
                CFD Modeling Methodology for Computer Packaging Applications 

8:25            Linda Hayes
                U Texas Austin
                Applications of Freezing in Biomedical Engineering

8:50            Fletcher Jones
                Three Dimensional Modeling of Some Optical Lithographic Patterns 
                Used to Manufacture Computer Chips

9:15            Monica Martinez
                Texas Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics(TICAM)
                Rice University  
                Shallow Water Equations: Modeling 
                of Bays, Estuaries and Oceans

9:40            Alfred Phillips
                Cornell University

                Field-Effect Transistor Theory

10:00 am:  Coffee Break, Reception Room EE/CS 3-176

10:30-11:15   Two Technical talks (20 Minutes each):

10:30           Angel Garcia
                Los Alamos National Laboratory 
                Multi-basin Dynamics of Proteins 
                in Aqueous Solution

10:55           Ray Mejia
                National Institutes of Health
                Mathematics in Biology - An Application 
                in Kidney Physiology

11:15-12:00     Overview session on "concrete action"--
Raymond Johnson, Fletcher Jones, James Turner

12:00-1:30              Lunch

1:30-2:30               Two "Personal Experience" talks

1:30            Iris Mack 
                Clark Atlanta University and Associated Technologies
                Financial Engineering & Risk Management

2:00            Alton Wallace 
                Institute for Defense Analyses

                Life as a "Beltway Bandit"

2:30-4:30               Five Technical talks (20 Minutes each)

2:30            Fern Hunt
                National Institute of Standards and Technology
                Mathematical Modelling of Barkhausen 
                Jump Size Distributions  

2:55            Juan Meza
                Sandia National Laboratories                

                Optimal Design and Control of Chemical 
                Vapor Deposition Reactors

3:20           Ray Mejia
                National Institutes of Health
                Mathematics in Biology - An Application 
                in Kidney Physiology

3:45            Bernard Mair
                University of Florida
                Two Mathematicians, an Engineer, and
                a Pet

4:30 pm:  Coffee Break, Reception Room EE/CS 3-176

4:40--6:00:  R. Johnson/F. Jones/J. Turner, Maryland/IBM/Florida A&M
Second session on ``concrete action"

6:30 pm:  Dinner Campus Club
Wine and cheese at 6:30, buffet diner at 7:00.  The Campus Club is
on the fourth floor of Coffman Union (the student union)

8:30 pm:  Earl Barnes, Georgia Inst. of Technology
Some Reflections on My Days at IBM

Sunday, October 6

8:00 am:  Coffee Reception Room EE/CS 3-176

8:30--11:30:  Breakout Groups
Rooms to be announced
Participants will divide into groups to draft portions of the
``concrete action" document, returning for a general session in EE/CS 3-180

11:30--12:00:  R. Johnson/F. Jones/J. Turner, Maryland/IBM/Florida AM

Richard Tapia was unable to attend the conference; an abstract that he submitted is available; Richard Tapia, Rice University Interior-point models: New algorithmic methodology for large-scale constrained optimization.

The dinner speaker is Earl Barnes of Georgia Tech. We also have acceptances from Danielle Carr(Bryn Mawr), James Donaldson(Howard), Raymond Johnson(Maryland), Donald St. Mary(U Massachusetts Amherst), James Turner(Florida A & M), and Paul Wright(A T & T).Other participants included Francisco Brana-Mulero(Shell Development), Johnny Houston(Elizabeth City State), Gilberto Lopez(IMA), Tom Mason(Florida A & M), and Shyam Sarkar(Centura (Gupta) Software).

Graduate student participants included Leslie Aquino(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Miguel Arredondo(Purdue University), Sergio Cantu(Purdue University), Antwan Clark(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Carrae Echols(University of Kentucky), Cecilia Fosser(University of Arizona), Duane Gilyot(University of California-Berkeley), Elvia Gomez(Texas Tech), Russell Goward(University of Missouri-Columbia), Meredith Graham(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), David Greene(Florida A & M), Ben Hansen(University of California-Berkeley), Tasha Inniss(University of Maryland-College Park), Monica Jackson(University of Maryland-College Park), Michael Keeve(Georgia Tech), Lukemba Liamba(University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Alice Livingston(Florida A & M), Jaime Londondo(University of California-Riverside, Monica Martinez(University of Texas-Austin and Rice University), Clauzell McIntyre(Clark Atlanta), Daniel Molefe(Northern Illinois), Joy Moore(University of Cincinnati), Yared Nigussie(Ohio State), Stephanie Perry(North Carolina A & T State), Edgardo Ramirez-Gomez(Virginia Tech), Tammy Simon(North Carolina State), Calandra R. Tate(Xavier University of Louisiana), Kevin Taylor(University of Iowa), Nanyaa Twum-Danso(Harvard University), Boyce Watkins(University of Kentucky), Shree Whitaker(North Carolina State), Paola Zamora(University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), and David Zeigler(Texas A & M).

The areas of concentration were mathematical biology, optimization, mathematical modelling, flows, and problems in the manufacturing of semiconductors.

More information about IMA can found on the IMA web site.

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