Research in Industrial Projects 2014 at UCLA's
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.
Institute for Pure
and Applied Mathematics
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
(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
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 Problem—Or Reality vs the Continuum.
New Mexico Math Contest of
Archimedes' Law of the Lever and How He Used it to Deduce
the Volume of the Sphere:
(Repeated at Agilent Technologies Inc in Santa Clara at request of
Geront Owen, 8/12/2013)
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)
Innkeeper's Problem and Tale
of pi, with companion notes on Transcendentality
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
Program at UCLA's Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics.
IPAM is an institute of the National Science Foundation.
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.
Photos and Slide
(Last modified March 1, 2015)