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Story of a mathematician, world champ drag racer and National Medal of Science winner

Using math to enhance my personal life

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The College of Science invites you to a lively presentation by renowned mathematician Richard Tapia, “Using Mathematics to Enhance My Personal Life." 

Dr. Tapia is a University Professor in Rice University’s Computational and Applied Mathematics Department and is internationally recognized for his research in these fields. He also held the world record for drag racing in the late 1960s.

Dr. Tapia is the 2011 awardee of the National Medal of Science. He has received the National Science Board’s Vannevar Bush Award and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering–the first Hispanic to receive these honors.

In 1990, the National Research Council named Tapia one of the 20 most influential leaders in minority mathematics education in the countryHispanic Engineer. 

Dr. Tapia will use several lively videos that he made with students to identify and illustrate what he calls the “Curse of Lane 8” in BMX Bicycle Racing.” Using his mathematical training, he will formulate the issue as a mathematical problem and then solve it using a computer while describing the solution technique.

Register here! http://www.cvent.com/d/8fq529  


Snell Hall (campus map)
International Forum
2150 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis
OR
97331
Debbie Farris
1 541 737 4862
debbie.farris at oregonstate.edu
College of Science Admin