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

MCM 2002 Winners and Results

COMAP is pleased to announce the results of the 18th Annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM). This year, 522 teams representing 282 institutions from 11 countries participated in the contest.

Download a complete results report in portable document format (pdf).


Problem A: Wind and Waterspray

Maggie L Walker Governor's School, Richmond, VA

NC School of Science & Mathematics, Durham, NC (INFORMS Award)

U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY (MAA Award)

University of Washington, Seattle, WA (SIAM Award)

Problem B: Airline Overbooking

Bethel College, St. Paul, MN

Duke University, Durham, NC (SIAM Award)

Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA (MAA Award)

University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO

Wake Forest (Team 69), Winston-Salem, NC (INFORMS Award)

Wake Forest (Team 273), Winston-Salem, NC

The 2002 MCM 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 of two open ended modeling problems.


The 2002 MCM Contest problems can be viewed online.

2002 MCM Statistics

650 teams registered and 522 participated (80%)

281 U.S. Teams (54%) from 181 institutions

241 Foreign Teams (46%) from  Australia, Canada, Finland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Lithuania, P.R. China, South Africa, and United Kingdom

279 Problem A entries (53%)

246 Problem B entries (47%)

10 Outstanding Winners (2%) - 4 A, 6 B

86 Meritorious Winners (17%) - 48 A, 38 B

121 Honorable Mentions (23%) - 60 A, 61 B

305 Successful Participants (58%) - 167 A, 138 B

495 four-year institutions (95%)

12 two-year institutions (2%)

15 high schools (3%)

In addition to MCM, COMAP also sponsors the Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM), which runs concurrently with MCM.  This contest offers a modeling problem involving concepts in mathematics, environmental science, environmental engineering, and/or resource management. Results of this year’s ICM can be found on COMAP’s website at

To obtain additional information about the MCM and to obtain a complete listing of all team designations, please visit the MCM web site at:

Major funding for the MCM is provided by a grant from the National Security Agency and COMAP. Additional support is provided by The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). COMAP's Mathematical Contest in Modeling is unique among modeling competitions in that it is the only international contest 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 Director
Frank R. Giordano, COMAP, Inc., MA

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

Founding Director
Bernard Fusaro, Florida State University, FL

Associate Directors
Bob Borrelli, Harvey Mudd College, CA
Pat Driscoll, U.S. Military Academy, NY
William Fox, Francis Marion University, SC
Michael Moody, Harvey Mudd College, CA

Advisory Board
Courtney Coleman, Harvey Mudd College, CA
Pat Driscoll, U.S. Military Academy, NY
Bernard Fusaro, Florida State University, FL
Marvin S. Keener, Oklahoma State University, OK
Veena Mendiratta, AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Technology, IL
Keith Miller, National Security Agency, MD
John S. Robertson, Georgia College, GA
Leon H. Seitelman, Pratt & Whitney, CT
Maynard Thompson, Indiana University, IN
Marie Vanisko, Carroll College, MT