Wednesday, December 6, 2017

DSCI Students win Best Overall in Police Data Challenge


This fall, teams from the Data Visualization class submitted to the Police Data Challenge competition put on by the American Statistical Association.  One of our teams won Best Overall Presentation, out of more than 70 teams from across the country!  The competition required teams to analyze data on millions of 911 calls and make recommendations to the city. Congrats to Jimmy Hickey, Kapil Khanal, and Luke Peacock; along with fame and fortune, they will also be presenting their findings to the Seattle Police Department! 

More info can be found in the official press release.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Student Seminar

12:00 - 12:25 PM, Wednesday, November 29, Gildemeister 155

Refreshments served beforehand Gildemeister 135. 

Internship at Fastenal:
Information Technology
 Support Analyst

Ashley Schmit 

This semester I started as an IT Support Analyst at Fastenal on their Data Warehouse team. Through this position, I worked alongside Developers and Business Analysts to answer adhoc data requests. I will be talking about my experience, what I learned, and how my education at Winona State guided me.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Scholarship Application Window Now Open


Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2018/19 academic year. The Math/Stats Department has about a dozen scholarships available to our majors, so don't miss out! Go to https://winona.academicworks.com/ and search "math" or "statistics" or "data". 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Math Ed Question and Answer Session

12:00 - 12:50 PM, Wednesday, November 15, Gildemeister 329


Refreshments will be provided from 11:30 to 12:00 in Gild 319


Amber Mlynczak
8th grade Math Teacher,
Winona Middle School
WEA Teacher of the Year
Scott Mlynczak
5th grade Math Teacher,
Winona Middle School
WSU Alumnus
Two representatives from the Winona Middle School will share their experiences in the teaching profession.  This informal question and answer session will also provide the opportunity for audience members to ask questions about the student teaching experience and the job application process.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

MinneMUDAC 2017 was a success!

This last weekend, 6 teams from Winona State competed in MinneMUDAC 2017. MinneMUDAC is an annual competition that pits students against a formidable data set and analytics problem.  Teams are given one month to work with the data before the day of the competition and then travel to the Twin Cities to present their findings to teams of judges.  All but one of our teams competed in the undergraduate division (against 19 other teams) and one team competed in the novice division (against 22 other novice teams).

WSU students participating in MinneMUDAC 2017
The WSU students from all teams showed an impressive dedication to tackling this challenge, attending 2 meetings a week and spending a considerable amount of time preparing for the day of presentations.  This dedication paid off!  We had three teams in the top 5 in the undergraduate competition.  Furthermore, four teams were singled out for various awards, listed below.

First Place Overall - Undergraduate Division
Sam Meyers, Sam Dokkebakken, Eddie Schmit, Austin Ellingworth, and Jack Barta

Acumen Award - Undergraduate Division
Reagan Buske, Chris Humbert, Mariah Quam, David Stampley Jr., and McHale Dye

Honorable Mention - Undergraduate Division
Kapil Khanal, William Diedrick, Akif Khan, Jimmy Hickey, and Sean Wittenberg

Best Prediction - Undergraduate Division
The MIS team had the best prediction out of all teams not in the top 5.

Also, while not in the top 5 teams, the other two teams performed well and multiple positive comments were heard on the presentations of both teams.

Thanks to Todd Iverson, Silas Bergen, Brant Deppa, and Chris Malone for helping prepare our students for the competition through biweekly meetings.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Student Seminar

12:00 - 12:50 PM, Wednesday, November 8, Gildemeister 155

Refreshments served beforehand Gildemeister 135. 

 

Internship at Fastenal: Supply Chain Analyst

Will Wermager 

Starting in June of 2017, I took a position with Fastenal as a Supply Chain Analyst. This job experience has provided me with a lot of insight into the professional environment and the importance of accurate data and reporting. There is a significant amount of work that must first go into preparing data before it is ready for analysis. Come learn about my experience!


  Summer Internship in GP Industry Investment Fund  

Fengrui Xue 

 

I’ll talk about what an employee in a “PE” (Private Equity) fund does and my meetings with corporations such as JKOM Cloud Health Technology Company to discuss their needs for C-round financing.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Winona State wins PME "Face Off!"

Bradley Erickson, Gabriel Mancino-Ball, Nick Meyer, and Michael Holmblad

A group of WSU math majors traveled the Wisconsin Pi Mu Epsilon Math Conference at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin over the weekend of November 3 and 4 and returned champions.  A group of 4 math majors won the Face Off competition.  Face Off is a mathematics Jeopardy-style quiz show which forces contestants to think and compute quickly.  The contestants are challenged with mathematical problems, puzzles, math puns, and more.   Our WSU team consisting of Bradley Erickson, Michael Holmblad , Gabriel Mancino-Ball, and Nick Meyer took home the first place finish over 9 other teams from around the Midwest.  Also traveling to the conference from WSU were Carson Boots, Emily Duden, Conager Mrozek, and Anna Ramsey.  Michael Holmblad and Gabriel Mancino-Ball both gave presentations on their mathematical research.  Michael presented a talk titled Trying to Create a New Random Number Generator and Gabriel presented a talk titled The Asymptotic Z-Transform.