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Klawe Receives Mellon Presidential Leadership Grant

October 31, 2017

Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd College’s efforts to achieve unsurpassed excellence and diversity at all levels received a welcome boost in September, when the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation honored President Maria Klawe with funds to support the key goals of the College’s Strategic Vision 2020 through its Presidential Leadership Program. The grant, which will total $250,000 over four […]

Leung ’17 Wins LeRoy Apker Award for Undergrad Physics Work

October 27, 2017

Calvin Leung '17

Calvin Leung ’17, a mathematics and physics double major, has become the fourth Harvey Mudd College student to win the LeRoy Apker Award from the American Physical Society for outstanding achievement in physics by an undergraduate. He joins Stephanie Moyerman ’06, Nathaniel Stern ’03 and Gwen (Bell) Porter ’98. The Apker Award is presented to […]

Iris Critchell Recognized for Aviation Accomplishments

October 20, 2017

Iris Critchell

Instructor of Aeronautics Emerita Iris Critchell was honored for her achievements in aviation with a row of airplane hangars dedicated in her name on Sept. 16 at the Torrance Airport-Zamperini Field in Torrance, Calif. Critchell was one of several honorees at the dedication ceremony, where city and airport officials named each of the airport’s 24 […]

NSF Funds Engineering Education Research

October 18, 2017

Patrick Little

Clean energy, clean water, food security, economic development, global health. These are just a few of the “grand challenges” (as they are called by national engineering leadership) facing the engineering and engineering education community. Recognizing that an interdisciplinary approach to these issues may be the best way to a solution, the community has begun to […]

President Klawe’s Letter to Editor on College Rankings in Wall Street Journal

October 17, 2017

Maria Klawe

The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday published a letter to the editor from Harvey Mudd College President Klawe, co-written with the presidents of Wabash College, Agnes Scott College, St. John’s College and Bennington College, that outlines concerns with the methodology of the WSJ/THE U.S. College Rankings, which exclude colleges with fewer than 1,000 students. The […]

Montañez Receives IEEE SMC Best Paper Honors

October 16, 2017

George Montañez, photo by Laszlo Bencze

George Montañez, a computer science faculty member at Harvey Mudd College, has won the IEEE SMC Award for best student paper at the 2017 IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society Conference. Montañez presented the paper “The Famine of Forte: Few Search Problems Greatly Favor Your Algorithm” to conference attendees this month in Banff, Canada. “In […]

NSF Funding Supports Diversity in Mathematics

October 12, 2017

Dagan Karp

For more than 15 years, Dagan Karp, professor of mathematics and associate dean for diversity, has been active with the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Thanks to a recent National Science Foundation (NSF) award, Karp and SACNAS will continue their work to diversify science leadership in the U.S. […]

De Pillis to Keynote BEER Conference

October 2, 2017

Harvey Mudd Department of Mathematics Chair Lisette de Pillis

In her keynote talk “Mathematical Medicine: Modeling Disease and Treatment,” Lisette de Pillis will present a sampling of mathematical models that help to simulate immune system interactions, disease dynamics and treatment approaches that may slow, or even stop, disease progression. De Pillis will address researchers, educators and students from around the world at the International […]

Bingo Paradox

September 26, 2017

Arthur Benjamin, mathematics professor at Harvey Mudd College

In 29 years of teaching at Harvey Mudd College, Arthur Benjamin, the Smallwood Family Professor of Mathematics, has seen almost every possible mathematical paradox, especially ones that involve probability and games of chance. That’s why he was astonished when a former student introduced him to the Bingo Paradox. The Bingo Paradox, as presented in the […]

It’s all Relative. Or is it?

September 21, 2017

Vatche Sahakian

Recent developments in physics seem to point to a foundational rethinking of our understanding of physics principles and the notion of space-time. Harvey Mudd College physics professor Vatche Sahakian has begun research aimed at the ultimate resolution of these puzzles with “RUI: Emergent Spacetime in Matrix Theory,” a project recently funded by the National Science Foundation […]