Kenneth Schraut with students

Kenneth C. Schraut Memorial Lecture

The 18th Annual Kenneth C. Schraut Memorial Lecture will be given as part of the biennial Undergraduate Mathematics Day on November 11, 2017.

The 18th Annual Schraut Memorial Lecture

Dr. Gallian Dr. Joe Gallian 
 University of Minnesota Duluth


Abstract: Many states use complicated algorithms or formulas to assign driver's license numbers but keep the method confidential. Just for the fun of it, I attempted to figure out how the states code their license numbers. In this talk I will discuss how I was able to break the codes for Minnesota, Michigan, New York and Missouri. The talk illustrates an important problem-solving technique used by scientists but is not emphasized in mathematics classes. It also teaches the lesson that sometimes things done just for the sake of curiosity can have applications. 

About the speaker: Dr. Gallian is the Morse Alumni Distinguished University Professor of Teaching at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and a past president of the Mathematical Association of America.  Articles about his work have appeared in news outlets across the world, including the New York Times, Washington Post and Newsweek magazine.  He was awarded the Haimo Award for distinguished teaching in 1993 and the Gung and Hu Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics by the MAA.  In 2003 he was named Minnesota Professor of the Year by the The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

For information about previous Schraut Lectures, and more information about Dr. Schraut, click here.

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