Morning Speaker

Aparna Susan E. Martonosi,
Harvey Mudd College

"Using Math to Fight Terrorism"

Operations research is the use of mathematical models to improve systems and processes, and it has myriad applications from supply chain management to sports scheduling. Since the 2001 terrorist attacks, many operations researchers, including myself, have been using operations research techniques to solve problems in homeland security. In this talk, I'll give an overview of some of this work, illustrating both the broad applicability of mathematics, and the advantages of a broad mathematical education.

Susan E. Martonosi is Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Mathematics Clinic program at Harvey Mudd College. She received her B.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in Operations Research from MIT. Her research is in the use of network models to disrupt terrorist networks, and she enjoys engaging undergraduates in her research.

Keynote Address

"Blown Away: what Knot to Do When Sailing"

By: Sir Randolph Bacon III

Being a tale of adventure on the high seas involving great risk to the tale teller, and how an understanding of the mathematical theory of knots saved his bacon. No nautical or mathematical background assumed.
Lukeanderson small Colin Adams, Williams College (cousin-in-law to Sir Randolph Bacon III)

Colin Adams is the Thomas T. Read Professor of Mathematics at Williams College. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983. He is particularly interested in the mathematical theory of knots, their applications and their connections with hyperbolic geometry. He is the author of "The Knot Book", an elementary introduction to the mathematical theory of knots, the book "Why Knot?", a mathematical comic book with attached toy and "Riot at the Calc Exam and Other Mathematically Bent Stories", a compendium of humorous math stories.

He is the co-author of the humorous supplements "How to Ace Calculus: The Streetwise Guide" and "How to Ace the Rest of Calculus: the Streetwise Guide" as well as the textbook "Introduction to Topology: Pure and Applied". He also appears in "The Great Pi/e Debate" DVD and the "The United States of Mathematics Presidential Debate" DVD.

Having written a variety of research articles on knot theory and hyperbolic 3-manifolds, his research is supported by the National Science Foundation. He is a recipient of the National Distinguished Teaching Award from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in 1998, an MAA Polya Lecturer for 1998-2000, a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer for 2000-2002, and the recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Teaching Award in 2003. He is also the humor columnist for the Mathematical Intelligencer.


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