February 17, 2010 - Darren E. Mason's Research Presented at the 139th Annual Meeting and Exhibition of TMS

Darren Mason's research "Nucleation of Extension Deformation Twins in α-Ti" at the 139th Annual Meeting and Exhibition of The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, WA. Darren's co-authors were T.R. Bieler, M.A. Crimp, L. Wang, Y. Yang (Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science - Michigan State University) and P. Eisenlohr (Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung — Düsseldorf, Germany).

February 22, 2010 COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling

Two teams of three Albion students competed in the COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling. Albion College mathematics, physics, and economics students completed their work in 2010 Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) sponsored the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications. On the evening of Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 8pm, the Albion College mathematical modeling team of Chen Chen ('11), Yang Chen ('11), and Chrisopher Creighton ('11) & Robby Clark ('12), Sining Gu ('13), and Mingjia Yang ('13) were presented with the choice of solving two different, yet thought-provoking real-life problems in mathematical modeling. Over the course of the next ninety-six hours, the team independently selected, sweated, solved, and wrote up a paper presenting each of their team's solution to the problem they chose. The solution was completed at 8pm on Monday, February 22, 2010 and then directly emailed to COMAP for judging. Professor Darren Mason organized the participation of the Albion students in this year's MCM. Final results of this highly competitive international contest will be available by April, 2010. For more information about the preparation needed to compete in this competition, please see this Albion College News Article.

Left to right: Mingjia Yang, Robby Clark, and Sining Gu

Left to right: Christopher Creighton, Yang Chen, and Chen Chen

February 27, 2010 - Students Participate in Denison Spring Programming Contest

Albion's team comprised of seniors Robbie Sessions and Mike Smar participated in the 21st Annual Denison Spring Programming Contest held at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. This year, 11 teams from 7 schools (Denison, Albion, Baldwin-Wallace, Oberlin, Muskingum, Ohio Wesleyan, and U of Akron) competed in this 4-hour contest. Albion's team placed 7th, and only two teams solved more problems then Albion. All teams placing above Albion's team had four members, resulting in Albion solving more problems per team member than any other team. Professor David Reimann coordinated Albion's participation in the contest and traveled with the students to Denison University. Albion has regularly competed in the contest since 1997. Final standings for all teams are available at the contest site.

Robbie Sessions (left) and Mike Smar (right) take a moment at the beginning of the competition to ponder solutions to the challenging problems they are facing

March 23, 2010 - Kappa Mu Epsilon Announces New Members

The Albion Chapter (Michigan Alpha) of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, is pleased to announce its new members for 2010. New members are Ben Copeland, Rachel Kain, and Robbie Sessions. KME members must complete at least three semesters of college and rank in the top 35% of their class; complete three college math courses, including at least one semester of calculus; and attain an average grade of 3.0 or better in all mathematics classes. Albion's chapter of KME was founded in 1937. Mark Bollman serves as corresponding secretary and advisor to the Albion chapter. Further information about the national organization is available at kappamuepsilon.org. Congratulations to the new KME members!

Robbie Sessions, Rachel Kain, and Ben Copeland (left to right) are proud new members of Kappa Mu Epsilon

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