Objective: Graduate students in mathematics, statistics, and computational science will be exposed to challenging and exciting real-world problems arising in industrial and government laboratory research. Students will also experience the team approach to problem solving.
Setup: Students will collaborate in teams of 5-7 on industrial projects presented by experienced scientists and engineers. These projects are not academic classroom exercises but “real-world” challenges that require fresh new insight for both formulation and solution. Each team will be mentored by both, a problem presenter and a faculty adviser. The first day will feature a workshop on “Building Software in Teams.”
Benefits to students: Do you think your class work reflects how you will be using mathematics and statistics on the job? Sometimes the biggest challenge is figuring out what the real problem is. In the IMSM workshop you will learn how to tackle such challenges, and as part of a team you will “proto-type” a useful approach on a tight deadline. You will also gain experience working with your teammates on putting together a presentation of your results and a written report, which can lead to a subsequent journal publication.
By providing a unique experience of how mathematics and statistics are applied outside academia, the IMSM workshop has helped many students in choosing a lucrative career in this discipline. Sometimes this help has come in the form of direct hiring by from our partner institutions, participating companies and labs. Not only does the IMSM workshop broaden the students’ horizon beyond classical graduate education, the experience also inspires students interested in academic careers by providing them with a renewed sense of excitement.
Benefits to companies: Often the student teams come up with valuable solutions to a company’s problem. Companies are encouraged to take advantage of the recruitment opportunity provided through direct contact with talented graduate students in the mathematical, statistical and computational sciences. A number of projects initially presented at the IMSM workshop have resulted in long-term collaborations of companies with students and faculty. Companies and labs tend to show continued interest in the IMSM workshop as regular and enthusiastic contributors.
Cost: Students will stay free of charge in a dormitory on NC State campus, and reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Questions: email IMSM@samsi.info.