Serving Squamish Through Mathematics
Dr. Richard Hoshino, Mathematics Tutor (Math)
Squamish Public Library
Free & Open to the Public
I moved to Squamish in February 2013, to start my “dream job” teaching mathematics at Quest University. Like so many others living in Squamish, I have grown to love our beautiful community.
In my classes, students learn the powerful problem-solving technique of reformulating hard real-world problems into simpler equivalent math problems, which empowers these students to make explicit connections between abstract theory and applied practice. Throughout my research career, I’ve been able to apply my mathematical problem-solving skills to tackle and solve complex problems: catching cocaine smugglers, reducing wait times to clear customs at Canadian airports, and helping a billion-dollar professional baseball league optimize their scheduling to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Now that I’m living in Squamish, I have the fortune of applying my problem-solving skills to serve our community; the best part of this is involving Quest students, who are remarkable young people, and will grow to become future leaders. In this talk, I’ll share with you some of the projects that our students have implemented to serve the Squamish community, including an activity timetabling program for the Britannia Mine Museum, and an automated shift scheduler for employees at the Zephyr Cafe.
At the end of the talk, I’d love to hear your ideas on how we might be able to serve local businesses and organizations here in Squamish, in the months and years ahead.