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MCM: The Mathematical Contest in Modeling
ICM: The Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling

ICM 2002 Winners and Results

COMAP is pleased to announce the results of the 4th annual Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM). This year,106 teams representing 71 institutions from 5 countries participated in the contest. A complete contest report is available in portable document format (pdf) at:


Maggie L Walker Governor's School, Richmond, VA

Olin College of Engineering, Needham, MA


The 2002 ICM Contest began at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 7 and officially ended at 8:00 p.m. on Monday February 11, 2002. During that time, teams of up to three undergraduates were to research and submit an optimal solution for one interdisciplinary problem.

The 2002 ICM Contest problem can be viewed here:


2002 ICM Statistics

156 teams registered and 106 participated (68%)

47 U.S. Teams (44%) from 35 institutions

59 Foreign Teams (56%) from Canada, Finland, Ireland, and P.R. China

2 Outstanding Winners (3%)

16 Meritorious Winners (15%)

28 Honorable Mentions (26%)

60 Successful Participants (56%)

96 four-year institutions (91%)

2 two-year institutions (2%)

8 high schools (7%).

In addition to the ICM Contest, COMAP also sponsors the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), which runs concurrently with the ICM Contest. Information regarding the MCM Contest can be found on COMAP's website at:

To learn more about the ICM Contest, visit the ICM website at:

Major funding for the ICM is provided by a grant from the National Security Agency, the National Science Foundation, and COMAP. Additional support is provided by The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). COMAP's Mathematical Contest in Modeling and Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling are unique among modeling competitions in that they are the only international contests in which students work in teams to find a solution. Centering its educational philosophy on mathematical modeling, COMAP uses mathematical tools to explore real-world problems. It serves the educational community as well as the world of work by preparing students to become better informed-and prepared-citizens.

Contest Directors
Chris Arney, College of Saint Rose,
John H. Grubbs, Tulane University, LA

Executive Director
Solomon A. Garfunkel, COMAP, Inc., MA

Associate Directors
Michael Kelley, U.S. Military Academy, NY
Gary W. Krahn, U.S. Military Academy, NY