What I’m going to do for this week is to give a running dialog of what it is like to travel around to a mathematical workshop and do research level mathematics with colleagues from around the world. For this first foray under the hood of these activities (at least described here) the first day is travel and having a look at the various problems that are offered.

A link to the problem so that you can follow along are here. You might ask why the heck would one go to one of these events since it is so much more work than a regular conference. For myself, I really go for two reasons. First, to learn new new techniques and new science. Mathematics is everywhere and if I can help deepen the understanding of some process by lending a new pair of eyes and some insight, I’m more than happy to do that. Second, I’m obliged to pass on what I have learned to the next generation of applied mathematicians. One of the best ways to do this is to share your enthusiasm of this process and expose people to interesting and relevant real-world problems.

I have to cut these thoughts a bit short as I pack up to hit the gate at the airport. Next stop Ohio and I hope to hear your thoughts and interests as I work through the week.