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Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month

April is Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month. This is a time to increase understanding and appreciation of mathematics and statistics. Both subjects play a significant role in addressing many real-world problems. Research in mathematics and statistics is ongoing, revealing new results and applications everyday.

Please join us in our celebration!

Math and Stat Awareness Month Events for April 2018

Special Lecture

This is a nontechnical lecture. You will understand this!

Life After a Mathematics Degree
Dr. Bobby J. Prochaska
4:00 Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Mouton Hall Room 117

Bob Prochaska

Bob Prochaska, a native of Alexandria, Louisiana, received his BS in mathematics from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1963. He continued his formal education at Colorado State University, where he received a MS in mathematics and statistics; followed by a PhD in mathematics from Clemson University.

After seven years in academics, Bob ventured into the "real world." During the next 35 years he held various positions in line and staff management in consumer products, textiles, apparel, and related industries. Most recently, Bob served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Scovill Fasteners. He held similarly responsible management positions in other publically held and private corporations, such as Gerber Childrenswear (Pres), Kayser-Roth Corporation (EVP) and Milliken & Company (GM).

In addition to corporate management responsibilities; utilizing his practical business experience and academic background, Bob has served as consultant in operations and general management, business information systems and process improvement. We are pleased to add that Bob has travelled full circle from SLI to USL to UL Lafayette, and is currently teaching our operations research course.

On-line problem solving competition

We have posted three sets of problems for this competition. Participants will have the month of April to formulate and submit solutions to the problems. There is a set of middle school level problems, a set of high school level problems, and a set of college level problems.

All participants will be acknowledged. Modest prizes will be awarded to several of the participants who do well on the problems.

Learn more and join the fun at the On-line Problem Solving Competition page.