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Toyota-UD Applied Math Initiative Workshop

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The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Delaware (with support from Toyota and Delaware Department of Education) recently organized the Toyota-UD Applied Math Initiative Workshop for High School Teachers (July 21 and 24, 2014).  The main question discussed in the workshop and showcased in the presentations were the following:

1. How is high-school math used by professionals in industry?
2. How is high-school math used by academics in their research/teaching? 

During the workshop, the teachers received answers to these important questions from people working in very diverse environments showcasing the strength and diversity of mathematics.  "The teachers enjoyed learning about the new and interesting ways mathematics is used these days. We were fortunate to have great speakers from industry that described their experiences using mathematics in modeling many important problems arising in various areas of science. Several of my colleagues in the Department of Mathematical Sciences as well as other UD faculty from the ISE Lab, Department of Electrical Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering contributed with interesting presentations on the role of mathematics in their research and teaching. I am grateful to our Department for the support, to all the speakers for making this workshop a great experience for the high school teachers and to David Ross from RIT for his tremendous help in organizing this event" said Sebastian Cioaba, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematical Science who helped organize the event. 

Knowing specific examples about the use of mathematics in industry, research, and teaching that go beyond the usual examples used in textbooks will be extremely beneficial to the teachers and to their students. The teachers created many interesting lesson plans that incorporate some of the ideas discussed during the workshop. The workshop created new and strengthened existing connections between the Delaware high school teachers and the UD mathematics community and consisted of talks given by UD Math Faculty, UD non-Math Faculty and professionals in industry on the use of high school mathematics in their work as well as panel and round table discussions on the transition between high school and college mathematics. The following Math faculty contributed through presentations or roundtable/panel discussions during the workshop: Cristina Bacuta, Richard Braun, Sebastian Cioaba, Michelle Cirillo, David Edwards, John Pelesko, Chris Raymond, Lou Rossi, Tammy Rossi, Gilberto Schleiniger and Jamie Sutherland.

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