AoCMM 2015 Winners

The Grand Prize Winners

AoCMM 2015 Grand Prize Winners
"The first annual AoCMM competition was a great experience for our entire team. None of us had ever done any modeling competitions before so the entire ordeal was new to us. The four of us came into the competition with varying levels of experience but we all gained something from participating.
 
For future competitors, some things to keep in mind are manage your time well, bring your enthusiasm, and be ready for an intellectual marathon! It is important to plan out exactly what you want to accomplish and set goals for your group to avoid cramming and stressing an hour before the submission deadline. Be sure to clear your weekend and set aside more time than you think necessary as some parts may take longer than expected. At the same time, schedule hour long breaks and get enough sleep to let your mind rest, recuperate, and work more efficiently.
 
Overall the competition was a great way for us to improve in a variety of skills including modeling and teamwork. We would recommend AoCMM to anyone!"

Team #890: Livermore Valley Charter Prep

Team members: 
- Charlin Duff,  Audrey Kurz, Ethan Kurz, and Dimitriye Danilovic
 
Award: 
- Best Composite Score and Thinktank Learning Prize winner ($500 cash + $4399 Thinktank Credit)

The Alpha Prize Winners

AoCMM 2015 Alpha Prize Winners
"   AoCMM 2015 is my first math modeling contest-----it was really fun and intriguing!
The problems were really challenging, especially the second one, since the functioning GPS was something that my friend and I were totally unfamiliar with. And the hard part lies in the limited time, during which we needed to pore over background information, form our ideas, write the solution and computer programming.... 
     Since we had only two people in the team, there indeed ain't enough time for us to track all these issues, so we decided to focus more on building the model and analyze the approach we use than programming and seeking numerical result (Another reason was because neither of us was proficient in programming). 
     Our models were built on our own interpretation of the problems, and we tried to make them as specific as possible. For example, we illustrated a test design depending on student profile (problem 1), and used matrices to represent the input (student profile) as well as the output (expected score). We also defined the ideal score distribution to be the normal distribution. In our solution to the second problem, we simplifies the problem by analyzing two time-independent GPS constellations. We also designed ways to test instant visibility and compute the expected visibility period of a location on earth in order to ensure the functioning of the system. 
     During the competition, Zhengzhi and I cracked the first problem together, and as I started to formulate down our ideas and write the solution paper, Zhengzhi set out for background information on GPS. This is just a way to save time and make efficiency. (Well, after the three-day competition, I think I would recommend coming with a team of three or four. This will make everyone more focused and less stressed.) 
After all, it's truly a great experience with AoCMM. Look forward to attending next year!"

Team #985: High School Affiliated to Fudan University, Pudong Campus (上海市复旦大学附属中学)

Team members: 
- Zihong Chen and Zhengzhi Liang
 
Award: 
- Best Problem 2 Score and π Prize winner! ($314 cash)

The Beta Prize Winners

AoCMM 2015 Beta Prize Winners

Team #873: Cupertino High School

Team members: 
- Kevin Yang, Raman Kathuria, and Kedar Thakkar
 
Award: 
- Maplesoft Prize Winner! (Maple 2015 Student Edition *2)
"We want to thank AoCMM and all the judges for letting us compete in this competition. We felt that it was very beneficial and that we truly learned a lot."

Honorable Mentions

AoCMM 2015 Honorable Mentions

Team #864: Beijing No.2 Middle School

Team members: 
- Guodong Zhang, Hongkai Yu, and Xuanang Xiong
 
"We had a wonderful experience participating in this global modeling competition, on account of which we appreciate AoCMM for organizing as well as providing us the opportunity to compete with undergraduates and teenagers around the world. By taking this challenge, we not only embraced the chance to study and practice mathematical modeling but also appraised our academic abilities. Also did we realized that, frankly, we still have a long way to go.
 
However, taking part in this competition really triggered our interests in exploring further and deeper in the field of modeling as well as math. Given more time, we would be able to make significant progress while confidently prepare for the next time.
 
We're grateful for the honorable mention and deem it an encouragement!"