Rensselear students performed extremely well in the 2017 Mathematical and Interdisciplinary Contests in Modeling (MCM/ICM). **Professor Pete Kramer** organizes the students and mentors for this activity and is pleased to report the following acheivments:

- In their first year competing, the team of
**Taylor Parrish**(math/physics junior),**Peter Craig**(physics junior), and**William Joe Meese**(math/physics junior) achieved finalist status (top 16 out of 3664 international teams competing) on a network science problem, namely to optimize passenger movement through airport security. The team utilized a combination of a nonlinear traffic flow model and a discrete simulation approach which takes into account variations in behaviors and characteristics of the passengers.

This is the fourth time since 2013 that a different Rensselaer team has achieved finalist or outstanding designation (roughly top 1%) for their solution of a network science problem in this competition. What makes this year's accomplishment remarkable is the number of teams competing on this problem has quadrupled since the previous year.

- Another first-time team,
**Zhenhan Huang**(math senior),**Juicheng Ren**(chem eng senior), and**Huajun Li**(CS/CSE sophomore) earned a meritorious distinction (top 10%) on the same network problem.

- The team of
**Alex Norman**(math/physics junior),**Madison Wyatt**(math/physics junior), and**James Flamino**(physics senior), which won two top prizes and a scholarship for their paper on the network science problem in 2016, scored a meritorious distinction (top 10% of 3621 teams) for their approach to a modeling problem regarding urban planning.

Honorable mentions were awarded to the following two teams:

**Matt Poegel**,**Andrew Batbouta**and**Anthony Ferritto**on a data science problem concerning self-driving vehicles.**Raymond Wu**,**Kyle Rego**and**Tyler Pelaez**on a problem to model and optimize traffic flow through toll gates.

Congratulations to the members of these teams for this year's amazing performance! And a special thanks as well to the math postdocs coaches, **Michael Jenkinson**, and **Joe Klobusicky**, as well as continuing support for the contest training by the mathematical sciences department and a National Science Foundation research training grant.