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, and students gain invaluable real-world experience.

The Summer 2018 CAMIO project description and information on how to apply are below.

Modeling Mining Impacts on Groundwater: The mission of the Freshwater Society is to “to promote the conservation, protection and restoration of all freshwater resources.” As part of their mission, the Freshwater Society conducts research on water quality to inform policy. The Freshwater Society would like to examine the potential effects of mining on groundwater in Dakota County. The 7,973 acres UMore property was deeded to the University of Minnesota in 1948 by the Federal Government. The University of Minnesota has assessed the northern 5,000 acres to see where potential for mining is greatest and has compiled a data set that characterizes the current movement of groundwater from the property to the Vermillion River because it defines the slope of the water table and gives detailed information on the permeability and porosity of the material. Mining will change these conditions by removing the granular material, exposing the water table to surface temperatures, and changing the slope of the water table.  The Freshwater Society would like students to explore the question: How will removal of the economic deposits of sand and gravel impact water reaching the Vermillion River, a nearby trout stream which depends on continuous cold-water discharge from groundwater?

Students working on this project will develop a mathematical model and a simulation tool based on the finite difference method.  The purpose of the tool will be to predict how changes to the groundwater temperature from mining and the driving forces that affect groundwater flow affect the Vermillion River.  Prof. Misha Shvartsman will serve as the mathematics faculty advisor for this project. 

Prerequisite for project:  Students must have successfully completed or be in the process of completing MATH 200 or MATH 210. Students should also be comfortable learning mathematical programming.

To apply for this project:Please email Prof. Magdalena Stolarska (mastolarska@stthomas.edu).  In your email please specify what math classes have been and are currently being taken and the instructors for these classes.