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Top 1% in MCM

(given to only 12 teams out of the 2,254 entries worldwide). The top two categories of Outstanding and Finalist are reserved for the top 1 percent of entries, indicating the strength of this achievement. Three additional HMC teams earned the designation Meritorious (top 20 percent), one earned Honorable Mention (top 44 percent), and one was a Successful Participant. This is an incredible showing for Mudd and a testament to the strength of its academic program. The MCM/ICM is comparable to an


applied Putnam exam in the form of a grueling 96-hour competition during which teams develop a mathematical model and write a formal paper describing their work, which are judged not only on scientific and mathematical accuracy, but also on clarity of exposition, insight and creativity. This year’s problems required participants

to explain the sweet spot of a baseball bat, generate a geographic profile of serial criminals, and model the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch.

* Finalist: seniors Richard Bowen, Brett Cooper, Bryce Lampe

* Meritorious: sophomores Ryan

Brewster, Jackson Newhouse, Richard Porczak; juniors Kyle Luh, Daniel Rozenfeld, Dmitri Skjorshammer; Andrew Hilger ’13, John Peebles ’13, Jason Wyman ’10

* Honorable Mention: juniors Julia

Matsieva, Jacob Scott

* Successful Participant: freshmen

Connor Ahlbach, Matthew Johnson, David Marangoni-Simonsen

MC placed among the top 1 percent in this year’s International Mathematical Contest in Modeling. A Harvey Mudd team earned the designation of Finalist

One Thing Leads to Another…

On the afternoon of Sunday, March 21, a Rube Goldberg machine spanned the campus. Every dorm made a contribution: Linde raised a “Hello, young Mudders” sign; Case implemented a baking soda-vinegar-like reaction; Sontag made a long ball-bearing track; Atwood shot a rocket to East; East sent “Stumpy” flying across the courtyard; North implemented kegs into their section; and South sent a fuse to West that had a big, rolling, flaming tire. With small budgets and endless innovation, the machine’s mechanisms hit the mark

to the delight of hundreds of onlookers from Mudd, other Claremont colleges and the surrounding community. Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist, engineer and inventor best known for his illustrations

from the early 20th century that depicted complicated inventions built to accomplish simple tasks. Modern day engineers and tinkerers have taken Goldberg’s concept out of the cartoon and into the world of three-dimensional design, complete with form and function. Michael Ho ’10, main organizer of the event, was inspired by an online video of a Rube

Goldberg machine constructed by employees of IDEO, a California design and innovation consulting firm. The Mudd machine was built in sections by the eight dorms on campus and the sections linked together through inter-dorm collaboration. Ho felt the project was perfect for Mudd for a variety of reasons. “It’s nerdy, but not too

nerdy,” he explained. “The appeal of Rube Goldberg machines is something that resonates with technical people. At the same time, it isn’t technical to the point where only a small segment of HMC’s diverse student population would want to work on it.” The success of the effort was notable in itself, as Mudd students are traditionally busy

with coursework and special projects. “By far the most amazing thing was that it actually happened,” Ho said.

View a video of the event at

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