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Industry representatives who are interested in submitting a problem to the workshop should first contact any member of the MPI Organizing Committee (listed below) to discuss the suitability of the problem. The best results are achieved when the proposed problem is discussed and refined prior to the workshop.

Faculty and postdocs who are interested in participating in the MPI Workshop are welcome to register online (available spring 2020).

Format and Location

The MPI Workshop is a lively, 5-day interaction on problems of interest to science and industry. On the first day, the industry representatives present their problems to the whole group. These problems vary widely in nature from those requiring basic physical modeling to those requiring significant computation. For the rest of the week, the workshop participants break up into small working groups consisting of senior faculty and attending scientists, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and the industrial representatives, to discuss and tackle the problems in an informal setting. On the last day of the workshop, an academic representative from each group presents the results obtained and discusses possible future directions. A written report detailing the progress made during the workshop is prepared subsequently and sent to the industry representatives. Upon approval by the industry representative, the reports are posted online. The format of the workshop is not strict and some variation is possible. The Organizing Committee is committed to working with representatives from industry to meet their needs, and we are especially interested in encouraging new contacts with industry while continuing to seek collaborative opportunities with existing ones.

Normally, activities of the Workshop would take place on the campus of the host University (The University of Vermont in this case). Lodging for industry representatives and visiting faculty would be in local hotels, while lodging for visiting graduate students will be provided in university housing (dorms). However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic,   the workshop in 2020 was held virtually,   on the MS Teams platform hosted by UVM.

Organizing Committee

Questions regarding the MPI 2020 workshop should be directed to the local organizers:

Other members of the MPI Organizing Committee are:

  • Linda Cummings, New Jersey Institute of Technology (email, webpage),
  • David Edwards, University of Delaware (email, webpage),
  • Peter Kramer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (email, webpage),
  • Richard Moore, SIAM (email),
  • Louis Rossi, University of Delaware (email, webpage),
  • Donald Schwendeman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (email, webpage),
  • Burt Tilley, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (email, webpage).


Participation in MPI 2020 is open to mathematicians, scientists and engineers from industry and academia. If you are interested in attending the Workshop, please complete the online registration form (available spring 2020). There is no registration fee, but the number of participants is limited. Early-career faculty and postdocs are especially encouraged to apply, and modest travel support is available (on a limited basis). Graduate students who have participated in previous MPI Workshops or have attended the a Graduate Student Mathematical Modeling Camp are also invited to apply.