## 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 rigorous 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.)

## Talks

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

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*
## Activities

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.

## Service

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.

## Informal

Math Notes

Photos and Slide
shows

(Last modified October 2, 2014)