Alexis Washington of Porter, a freshman mathematics major at Angelo State University, won the Grand Prize in the inaugural Math4 Manufacturing student video contest conducted by the University of Texas Charles A. Dana Center.
To compete in the contest, undergraduate students from colleges and universities around the state submitted short videos of themselves conducting a virtual interview with at least one manufacturing professional, concentrating on how they use mathematics in their work. One winner was selected in each of four categories:
- Tomorrow and Beyond in Manufacturing Technology
- Things That Build Our World
- Creativity Exemplified
- Grand Prize for Overall Showcase of Math in Manufacturing
Washington’s interview subject was Lindsay Barnes, an executive at Wendland Manufacturing Corp. in San Angelo. For winning the Grand Prize category, Washington has been awarded $5,000.
“Our department is very proud of Alexis for pursuing this opportunity,” said Dr. Karl Havlak, chair of the ASU Mathematics Department. “We basically informed her of the competition and helped put her in touch with some community professionals, and she pretty much took it from there. She is a very outgoing person, so it is not surprising that she did so well. We are all so happy for her.”
An ASU Carr Scholarship recipient, Washington is also involved in ASU’s student chapter of the Mathematical Association of America. She is scheduled to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2025 and plans to pursue her master’s degree at ASU in preparation for a career in mathematical research.