Mike Raugh Michael Raugh

  Mike Raugh

   Retired Mathematician, Stanford Ph.D.

   Email: auranteacus at gmail com

   Brief Professional Bio

Research in Industrial Projects 2014 at UCLA's
Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics

I directed the RIPS program at IPAM for the fourteenth summer. "RIPS" is the Research in Industrial Projects for Students program at the National Science Foundation's Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) located at UCLA.

IPAM received over 500 applications for RIPS this year, and as usual thirty-six were selected, among them thirteen foreign nationals. See most of us here. (I'm standing behind IPAM director Russ Caflisch on the right.)

When I arrive in the week before the program begins, each of the nine projects will already have been prepared by IPAM, with four students, an academic mentor, and a liaison from the sponsoring organization. I guide the projects throughout the fast-moving nine-week program by regular meetings with mentors and student project managers, and by overseeing preparation and execution of work commitments, reports and presentations. I use supplemental written instructions to help students understand the role of management and to keep elements of the program coordinated and in focus. (My approach is discussed at a link in the Activites section below.)


2014 A straightforward technique using integration to derive the Bernoulli Summation Formula, for the 29th LACC High School Math Contest, March 22.
2013 The Real Numbers are Not Real:, The Innumerable Infinities of Georg Cantor, March 16 at Los Angeles City College Math Contest.
Also presented to UNM Math & Stats Club on 3/8/2013. See the related Problematic Four Bugs ProblemOr Reality vs the Continuum.
2012 For New Mexico Math Contest of Feb 4: Archimedes' Law of the Lever and How He Used it to Deduce the Volume of the Sphere: Poster, Talk
(Repeated at Agilent Technologies Inc in Santa Clara at request of Geront Owen, 8/12/2013)
2012 What was on Top of Archimedes' Tomb?, Mar 2 at 27th Los Angeles City College Math Contest (abreviated version of the New Mexico Math Contest talk)
2010 The Innkeeper's Problem and Tale
2009 Irrationality of pi, with companion notes on Transcendentality of e
2008 How do you know what time it is?
2007 Hey, who really discovered that theorem!
2006 Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors, a chalk talk, first talk in a series for the Los Angeles City College High School Math Contest


2001–2014 Director of the summer Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) Program at UCLA's Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics. IPAM is an institute of the National Science Foundation.

RIPS accepts applications from students around the world. If you are an undergraduate with interest in working on a team applying mathematics to a challenging real problem posed by an industrial or non-academic institutional sponsor, please consider applying. Application forms appear early each year for the following summer session; look for a link on IPAM's Upcoming Programs.

My approach to managing the RIPS program, presented to the panel Starting and maintaining a student industrial research progam in the mathematical sciences at the MAA's MathFest of Aug 4, 2007 in San Jose, CA.


2011 I participated in review panels for the NSF and for the S. -T. Yau High School Mathematics Awards.

2007–present, Instructor at the LACES Calculus Camp (four days in April), the creation of Robert Vriesman, Chairman of the Math Department at the LACES magnet school in Los Angeles. See the 2012 Calculus Camp video by LACES student Blake Simon.


Math Notes

Photos and Slide shows

(Last modified March 1, 2015)