CAM Industrial Opportunity Program

The Center's goal is to increase awareness of the uses of mathematics beyond the academic community. The Center's strategy for achieving this goal is to foster cooperation and interaction between the University and business, industry, government and other research institutions.

The CAM Industrial Opportunity (CAMIO) is a significant initiative for achieving this goal.  The fundamental goal of the CAMIO is to team faculty and students with an industrial partner and work towards a model or solution to a problem proposed by the partner industry.  Successful completion of such a project is beneficial to all involved:  the industrial partner is provided with a viable model or solution to a problem at very little cost, students earn major credit and invaluable real-world experience, and faculty members can possibly publish new results or build the foundation for the development of a new course.

Faculty interested in receiving a CAMIO grant will prepare a proposal that identifies an industrial partner and their proposed problem, indicates the faculty member’s qualifications and plan for solving the problem, describes how students will work as part of the modeling team, and outlines a directed study version of Math 315 (316) the student team will take in order to prepare and begin modeling the solution.  Proposals can be submitted in either November or April.

If the project is funded, the faculty team member will teach a directed study version of Math 315 (316) during the fall (spring) semester.  The roster for this directed study is composed of the student members of the CAMIO team.  The faculty member will receive a course release during the semester the directed study is offered, however they will not receive the $400 per student that is normally paid for directed studies at the University of St. Thomas. The students will earn credit (major credit in the applied, pure, and teacher education tracks) for Math 315 (316).  For funded proposals submitted in November, the students will continue work on the project throughout the summer.  For funded proposals submitted in April, the students will continue work on the project throughout J-Term.  The students will be compensated for their work and the faculty member will receive a stipend.  The team will also be provided with a travel allowance and some discretionary funds (books, software, etc.).  Funding for the CAMIO is provided by the CAM and the industrial partner.  Progress on the solution/model of the problem will be maintained on the CAM website and a final report for the project is due (to the CAM and the industrial partner) early in the semester that follows the end of the grant period (fall semester for November proposals and spring semester for April proposals).  The team will also be invited to deliver an evening CAM Colloquium during the semester their final report is due.