Student Activities
2013-2014 Activities

Careers in Mathematics
Dr. Kurt Bryan
Professor of Mathematics, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

The USF Careers in Mathematics Series concluded with a wonderful talk by Dr. Kurt Bryan about compressed sensing.

Dr. Bryan is using the toy problem of finding a certain number of "bad marbles" to illustrate the basic concepts required for the single-pixel camera later in the talk.

Fractal Art
Kevin J. Gross
Spirit Fire Images

The USF Math/CS Club Treasurer Bobby Brockmueller introduces the mathematical artist, Kevin J. Gross from Indiana for a presentation on the creation of his fractal art pieces.

Blending mathematics and art, Mr. Gross explains how he approaches his process with colors and shows some exploration in the Mandelbrot set.

Mr. Gross provided demonstrations of using the software and the possiblities in the creation of his art.

Careers in Mathematics Series

John N. Aarsvold
Atlanta Veteran Affairs Medical Center/Emory University

Dr. Aarsvold presented "Mathematics and Medical Imaging:  An Introduction" to over 100 attendees from the USF community and the general public.

Among the many pictures, this one introduces the difference between what the doctors see (a picture) versus the information the technology picks up (the actual data).

Math Club Kick-off 2013

USF's Math Club started the new academic year hosting a get-together with pizza and card tricks.  A good number of math majors/minors showed up for the beginning festivities! kickoff_2013_1.jpg
Math Club President Billy Brockmueller gives a demonstration of a mathematical card trick.

And just like any good classroom, it's time for others to try!

Are some of our math/secondary education majors discussing new pedegogy or the latest math assignment?

We find all levels of majors enjoying each other's company and insights.

2012-2013 Activities

Math on the Northern Plains 2013

USF hosted the Math on the Northern Plain Undergraduate conference.  With students from the Plains area, students gave talks on topics from Brownie Pans to Control Graphs and everything in between.  A number of USF students also gave talks at the conference.

Senior Mathematics and Secondary Education major, Michelle Johnson spoke about mathematical models of polio.

Senior Computer Science and Applied Mathematics major, Tyler Reibsamen speaks about Artificial Neural Networks.

Senior Applied Mathematics and Computer Science major, Nathan Lippert talked about Fractal Image Compression.

Our first plenary speaker, Dr. Todd Mateer, from the National Security Agency went through many types of methods for encrypting data.

Dr. Jose Flores, from the University of South Dakota, spoke about models applied in the field of mathematical biology related to predator-prey models.

Careers in Mathematics Series

Todd Mateer, National Security Agency

Our last speaker of the year, Dr. Mateer, spoke to the community about supercomputing.

With audience participation, Dr. Mateer helped explain how supercomputers accomplished their tasks more efficiently.

John Petri, IBM

The Careers in Mathematics Series continued this spring with USF alumnus, John Petri.

John leads the structured resources team with IBM Watson Solutions.

John captivated the audience with stories from Watson's Jeopardy competition to uses of Watson in medical and financial frameworks.

Guest Speakers
Mr. Jacob Shoup, Flandreau High School
The USF Math/CS Club brought alumnus Jacob Shoup to speak to the future Secondary Education teachers.  Mr. Shoup gave sage advice as students edged closer to their own classrooms.

Mr. Shoup with future Secondary Education Mathematics teachers.

Careers in Mathematics Series

Dr. Carol Meyers, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Our second speaker of the year, Dr. Carol Meyers spoke about her work in Operations Research.

Dr. Meyer focused part of her talk on her work on STORM which dealt with the refurbishment and reduction of nuclear weapons.

An attentive crowd listened as Dr. Meyer gave background into the very large and important problem.

Dr. Sommer Gentry, US Naval Academy
USF's Dr. Joy Lind with the first of the year's Careers in Mathematics Speakers, Dr. Sommer Gentry.

Dr. Gentry's talk emphasized how operation research can be applied to a variety of important problems.

An audience of 100 people showed up to listen to Dr. Gentry.  One application she focused on was her research in designing optimization methods for nationwide kidney paired donation registries. 

Annual USF Math/CS Picnic

The start of a new school year means the students come out to visit with classmates and faculty.

The CS students talking tech and enjoying the pleasant Saturday afternoon.

Everyone, young and "older" talking about all sorts of topics.

Dr. Dennis Roark with students in lively discussions.

Everyone relaxing at Dr. Joy Lind's home sometimes talking about math (usually not :P)!

2011-2012 Activities

Pizza, Math Movie and Brownies...

The USF Math Club hosted an end-of-the-semester pizza party and watching the movie "21" in Z-hall.

Both majors and non-majors enjoyed the application of probability to determining who would get the last piece of pizza!

areers in Mathematics Speaker Series

Dr. Connie Fournelle, Boston Fusion

The second speaker this semester was Dr. Connie Fournelle, Director at Boston Fusion, a business that focuses on research and development for defense and intelligence applications.

Dr. Fournelle talked to USF students about her work on defense-related applications that use mathematics.

Particularly interesting examples she discussed were how graphs can be used to detect terrorist cells and drug cartels.

Pi Day 2012

The USF Math/CS Club sponsored a Pi Ring Activity.  With over 65 individuals adding digits of pi.  The club will add even more rings next year!


And, of course, what would Pi Day be without PIE!!!!

Pi Day (and possibly the nice weather) brings the elusive "student" and "faculty" out into the wild.  They both partake in the food, drink and camaraderie.

Senior Matt Rieck enjoys some pie in a lull in the mathematics action!

Pi Day activities draw a crowd.  Even alumni return for pie.  Graduate Shane Strasser visits on break from graduate studies at Montana State University.

Careers in Mathematics Speaker Series

Mayur Thakur, Google, Inc.


Mayur Thakur, a software engineer at Google, Inc., spoke to USF students and community members about the mathematics and computer science he is involved with at the first of six speakers in the Careers in Mathematics series at USF.


The audience asked questions and participated in a much-too-quick hour presentation.

Annual USF Math/CS Club Picnic


A wonderful time was had by all that descended upon this year's host, the Douma's.


The food was excellent as indicated by the line which had a one-to-one correspondance to the digits of ∏ (approximately :)).

Math and CS majors sitting and contemplating which subject is more fun!

2010-2011 Activities

Pi Day 2011
  • Matt Rieck hosted a spirited game of Math Jeopardy.  With the underclassmen competing with the upperclassmen if a showdown of the ages.  The game looked to be a blowout with the faculty jumping in to assist the underclassmen in a close finish decided by the Final Jeopardy question!
  • Pie of many colors and flavors were eaten as students sported their Pi Day t-shirts.
North Central Section Team Math Competition
  • USF sported two teams at this year's competition named USF1 and USF2...we'll have to work on those names!
  • The teams improved over last year's placements.  Hope for continued improvement during next year's competition.
Annual USF Math/CS Picnic


A pleasant Sunday spent at the Chiappetta's home with faculty and students enjoying food and fellowship.

Zach Corio mesmerizes Dr. Roark with a magic trick (or is it just bad camera work?).

Tim Bryan (left) and Mr. Birger (center) discuss the philisophical implications of accepting the Axiom of Choice.