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FMU math department offers practical solutions to problems; Wins award for work with ESAB

FLORENCE -- The Francis Marion University Math Department offered earlier this year to help solve “math problems” in the Pee Dee community.  The department was challenged to do so by ESAB Welding and Cutting Products.

The FMU math department has learned that in addition to helping the company develop an inventory tracking model, it has won an award for the project. Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP), which sponsors the Math Serve Program, judged the work as a “Meritorious” project.

“The judges were especially impressed with the process you followed to initiate the project and build a relationship to expand the role of mathematics beyond teaching, mentoring, and tutoring,” Solomon Garfunkel, executive director of COMAP said. 

The department has had a few other takers on its challenge, as well. The intent of the program is to inspire collaborative projects that use math skills in addressing social, health, or environmental challenges, FMU Math Department Chair, Bill Fox, says.

The department worked with ESAB to develop an inventory model for their cutting and supply parts area.  The Department will be working with Florence County’s Emergency Preparedness Division in tracking hazardous waste carried through the county, and a local hospital has solicited help in forecasting in and out patient services, Fox said.

The service is free. 

“Give us a problem, and we’ll work to solve it,” Fox said. “We have a 50-50 percent chance of helping to resolve issues.”

For more information about FMU’s Math Serve program, call Fox at 843-661-1570.


Last Published: June 21, 2004 10:01 AM
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