2023 Mathematical Contest in Modeling @ UW-MADISON

Sponsored by the AMEP Program at UW-Madison (Applied Mathematics, Engineering and Physics)

Faculty advisors:

Saverio Spagnolie

Amy Cochran

The Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) is an exciting international competition, and it's a big one. Every year about 10,000 teams internationally participate in the contest.

Real-world problems (some continuous in nature, some discrete) are released worldwide at the same moment. Teams of up to three undergraduates choose one of these problems and have only 96 hours to develop a mathematical model, derive and/or compute solutions, and present the results in a formal paper! Problems are designed to be open-ended and are unlikely to have a unique solution. Clarity, analysis, and design are therefore of critical importance.

The problems are taken from all fields of science, government, and industry. Past problems include:

Successful teams are commonly composed of individuals from different departments. Teamwork, creativity, and communication skills are at least as important as an interest in applying mathematics to real-world problems. MCM competitions are fun, satisfying and memorable experiences.

Important Dates:

Contest Webinar (Procedures and tips for success with the contest directors):

Organizational / practice sessions (2022-2023):

Competition dates (2023):




Braeden Bertz, George Ekman and Marlin Lee (Honorable Mention)

Peter Hayssen, Eric Leonard and Jacob Petrie (Successful Participant)

Donald Conway, Jimmy Vineyard and Tianxiao Yang (Meritorious)

Shuyi Li, Yuezhi Li and Jiacheng Yan (Successful Participant)

Tianyang Huang, Haoxuan Mu and Yipu Wang (Successful Participant)


Qingyuan Cui, Kexin Tian and Yongle Yuan (Successful Participant)

Austen Fan, Riley Fischer and Nachuan Li (Successful Participant)

Ruochong Fan, Richard Li and Xiaoning Shi (Honorable Mention)

Bo Li, Chengpo Yan and Jinming Zhang (Successful Participant)

Hao Huang, Zheng Ma and Zihong Xu (Successful Participant)


Shukai Liu, Ian Ruh and Chaolun Xu (Successful Participant)

Kexin Tian, Yiwen Qian and Yongle Yuan (Successful Participant)

Mengze Li, Yanfei Li and Xiaoyang Song (Honorable Mention)

David Gui and Sam Hossain (Successful Participant)

Mingrui Leng, Kaushal Nair and Le Qin (Successful Participant)

Andrew Kase, James Sinclair and Srikar Vootkur (Successful Participant)


Zhichun Huang, Liule Yang and Xiaoqi Zhou (Successful Participant)

Haoyi Lu, Pumeng Lyu and Zheng Wu (Honorable Mention)

Xuanzhou Chen, Yuxuan Liu and Tianyuan Zheng (Successful Participant)

Yi Rong, Yuhan Xie and Wanxiang Zhong (Successful Participant)

Shangfeng Jin, Chi Zhang and Tianhe Zhang (Successful Participant)

Zenan Gao, Ruifu Li and Yuanzhe Liu (Successful Participant)

Aman Adukoorie, Jack Schroeder and Yaije Wang (Meritorious)

Mengze Li, William Mulvaney and Xiaoyang Song (Honorable Mention)


Catherine Anderson, Anne Ulrich and Yingshi Zhang (Successful Participant)

Kesong Cao, Shirui Chen and Yuhan Liu (Meritorious)

Yongnan Che and Hanyang Zhang (Honorable Mention)

Chris DuPre, Yanzheng Li and Wangping Ren (Successful Participant)

Pengyu Kan, Xiaoqi Li and Ruochen Wang (Honorable Mention)

Kai Li, Ruimin Zhang and Zonghao Zou (Successful Participant)

Peidong Wang, Yien Xu and Ziyuan Zhang (Honorable Mention)

Yining Wang, Dongxia Wu and Chi Zhang (Successful Participant)


Peidong Wang, Hanyang Zhang and Ziyuan Zhang (Honorable Mention)

Yining Wang, Chi Zhang and Zonghao Zou (Successful Participant)


Joseph Lukasik, Colin Wahl and Bai-Yang Wang (Successful Participant)

Felipe Gutierrez, Jacob Johnson and Blake Nigh (Meritorious)

Aaron Kelly, Daotong Ge and Weihong Li (Successful Participant)

Jianghao Cui, Zonglin Han and Yufan Xu (Honorable Mention)

Jialing Lia and Yijie Wang (Successful Participant)

Aoyu Fan, Boyang Tang and Kun Wang (Successful Participant)


Wing Lou, Sijia Lu and Chenchen Qi (Successful Participant)

Joseph Lukasik, Colin Wahl and Bai-Yang Wang (Successful Participant)

Qingquan Wang, Kin Hang Wong and Yumo Zhang (Meritorious)

Nick Derr, Jacob Johnson and Alex Kocher (Honorable Mention)

Zicheng Men, Yu Wang and Yingwei Zhu (Honorable Mention)


Ian Campbell, Kristian Chavira and Michael Reilly (Meritorious)

Zhengkai Feng, Tao Ju and Ying Li (Successful Participant)

Joseph G. Lukasik, Colin P. Wahl and Bai Yang Wang (Successful Participant)


Ningyuan Chen, Chi Zhang and Geyunjian Zhu (Successful Participant)

Robert Wiley Deal, Christopher Nelson and Clark Zinzow (Successful Participant)

Nick Grabon, Zeyuan Hu and Sunil Upadhyay (Successful Participant)

Xinyun Rong, Yiding Xu and Min Zhang (Meritorious)

Teng Wang, Yue Yin and Dake Zhang (Successful Participant)

Outstanding (top 1% of teams receive this ranking), Meritorious (next 9%), Honorable Mention (next 31%), Successful Participant (next 57%).

Gallery / Writing

A Taste of MCM by (Jasmine) Min Zhang, UW-Madison ('13).


1. Johnson, Derr, Kocher ('15); 2. Gutierrez, Johnson, Nigh ('16); 3. Xu, Rong, Zhang ('13); 4. Bertz, Lee, Ekman ('23); 5. Ulrich, Zhang, Anderson ('18); 6. Leng, Qin, Nair ('20).