Math Team Aces Contest with Airplane Boarding Model

May 1, 2007

Duke University teams led a pair of international math competitions with four “outstanding” awards. Only 18 out of more than 1,200 teams participating received the highest designation of “outstanding” in the competitions, which were sponsored by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications. Teams were given 96 hours to propose mathematically rigorous solutions to problems such as how to best divide up voting districts or how to most efficiently board passengers on an airplane. In a video, the Duke team of juniors, including ECE majors Wei Li and Aaron Wise, explained how they tackled the airplane boarding problem.