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June 18, 2012

Noah Olsman Awarded Special Sigma Xi Grant

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - As a part of the William Procter Prize, Dr. Solomon Golomb has selected Noah Olsman to receive a $5,000 Grant-In-Aid of Research. Olsman is originally from Los Angeles, California and, in 2008, began studies at the University of Southern California majoring in electrical engineering and minoring in mathematics.

Olsman began research under Professor Solomon Golomb as a freshman, generating computational results for open problems in discrete mathematics. In 2012, Noah participated in an NSF sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in the computer science department at Harvard University on the RoboBees project. While working there, he developed a swarm algorithm in simulation with the goal of providing efficient means for robotic bees to uniformly pollinate a field given limited sensory information and poor controls.

Olsman also worked on a modeling project with Professor Daria Roithmayr in the USC School of Law. The goal of this project was to develop a framework for analyzing the evolutionary and game theoretic tradeoffs faced by groups of agents in public goods games.

After graduating from USC in May of 2012, Noah began work at Yale University in the Computational Biology Department as a visiting student in research in the lab of Professor Thierry Emonet. His work at Yale focuses on modeling aspects of chemotaxis, the process by which cells direct their movement based on their ability to sense chemical gradients. Specifically, his goal is to develop a mathematical framework to analyze the trade-offs faced by single E. coli cells in navigating different environments. 

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