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January 9, 2006

Farmingdale State Seniors Demonstrate Real World Applications of Mathematics in Technology Research

Farmingdale State University of New York students, Kristen Nasta and Jameson Pitrelli presented the findings of their Applied Mathematics senior research project on December 15, 2005 to faculty from the Departments of Applied Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering Technology. Their paper was titled "Measurement and Evaluation of Surface Contact Resistance of Bipolar Plates to Maximize the Power Output of the Hydrogen Fuel Cell." Their research was completed in cooperation with the Institute for Research and Technology Transfer under the mentorship of Dr. Hazem Tawfik, Director of the IRTT.

Most baccalaureate level programs at Farmingdale State require a senior project or capstone experience which provides an opportunity for each student to use skills and knowledge acquired to solve a real life curriculum-related problem. It usually involves an independent investigation of a technical problem of interest to both the student and a faculty member who serves as project advisor.

Through the applied mathematics department's partnership with the IRTT, these seniors used real world applications of mathematics to research the development of clean energy sources.  Through the IRTT, established by Farmingdale State to "bridge the gap between newly developed technologies and industrial commercialization", Dr. Tawfik has conducted innovative research in the development of hydrogen fuel cells which have the potential to revolutionize the way we power our nation, offering cleaner, more efficient alternatives to the combustion of gasoline and other fossil fuels.

Kristen of Central Islip and Jamie of West Babylon will graduate with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics on January, 20 2006.