Project-based coding bootcamp for industry and entrepreneurship

May 09 - June 03, 2018 Pilot
The Ohio State University Department of Mathematics + CoverMyMeds

The Erdős Institute is piloting its first Cőde program this May at The Ohio State University with:
  • 20 math graduate students,
  • 10 math undergraduate students, and
  • 10 CoverMyMeds employees.
The first two weeks will be dedicated to intense instruction in Python and R. The third week will allow participants to develop and demonstrate their skills through individual projects. The final week will be a group coding sprint and hackathon designed to tackle real-world challenges.


James Carlson, Ph.D. – Jim received his PhD in mathematics from Princeton University in 1971. Since that time he has served as a postdoc at Stanford University and a professor of mathematics at both Brandeis University and the University of Utah. Jim served as president of the prestigious Clay Mathematics Institute, managing the process that led to the award of the first $1,000,000 Millennium Prizes in Mathematics. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Mathematics at the Ohio State University.

Jim has years of experience working with a variety of programming languages including both Python and Elm. He is quite active in the development of these open source languages.

Collin McCabe, Ph.D. - Collin received his PhD in human evolutionary biology from Harvard University in 2017. He was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and recently came to Columbus following a postdoctoral position at Duke University.

Collin has extensive experience with the programming language R. He has developed a number of R packages and is proficient in various R data science methods.


Tom Needham, Ph.D. - Tom is a Ross Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University. He graduated in Spring 2016 with a Phd in Mathematics from the University of Georgia under the direction of Professor Jason Cantarella. He currently works with Facundo Mémoli and the Topology, Geometry, and Data Analysis Research Group at Ohio State. Tom's research is in applications of geometry and topology to applied problems in shape analysis and signal processing.

Schedule and Classroom
May 9 - May 22: Cunz Hall 140 (see inside) May 23 - May 29: Work on Individual Projects

May 29 (3:30pm-7:30pm): Individual Project Presentations at CoverMyMeds. Keynote address from Olivia Walch.
Olivia Walch, Ph.D. - Olivia is the CEO of Arcascope. She works on the mathematics of sleep and circadian rhythms and completed her Ph.D in Applied Mathematics from the University of Michigan in 2016. Olivia develops apps and draws the webcomic Imogen Quest.

May 30 - June 1: Team Cőde Sprint

June 2 - June 3: Final Push and Presentations at the Idea Foundry

2018 Sponsors




Sponsorship and Engagement Opportunities

As part of our mission to forge strong, lasting ties between academic programs and the private sector, we offer several different levels of corporate sponsorship, each with their own set of benefits and perks. An outline of these benefits is displayed here. For more details, please contact our organizers below.

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Contact our Organizers

If your corporation is interested in engaging with the Erdős Institute network, then please contact one of the following organizers:

Roman Holowinsky, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Director of the Erdős Institute
The Ohio State University
holowinsky.1 (at) osu.edu

Matthew Osborne
PhD Candidate Department of Mathematics
The Ohio State University
osborne.334 (at) buckeyemail.osu.edu