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The origins This IMMW workshop series began at the Claremont Graduate School where Professor Cumberbatch organized the first two workshops in the summers of 1993 and 1994. The workshop then moved to NCSU where it has been held since. Professor Hien Tran chaired the organizing committee during the years 1995-1998. Professors Ralph Smith, Pierre Gremaud chaired it respectively in 1999-2000, 2001-2002 and 2003-2004. The committees have included Tom Banks, Ellis Cumberbatch, Ben Fitzpatrick, Pierre Gremaud, Alan Karr, Zhilin Li, Negash Medhin, Fernando Reitich, Jeff Scroggs and Ralph Smith.
Workshops similar to the IMMW have been held for a number of years throughout the United States and in Europe. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has organized several mathematical modeling workshops since 1985. The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) at the University of Minnesota conducted a mathematical modeling program for faculty/instructors for four weeks in the summers of 1992 and 1996. The format employed at NCSU was adopted by the IMA for two graduate students workshops it organized in 1998 and 2000. The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences from the University of British Columbia has held several yearly workshops since 1997 along those lines. Finally, under the auspices of the European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry (ECMI), several modeling weeks have been organized since 1988 at different sites in Europe.
1995: Chemical Industry Institute of Technology, Lord Corporation, Arnold Air Force Base, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Security Agency.
1996: The Aerospace Corporation, Brooks Air Force Base, Lord Corporation, National Security Agency, Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology, Hughes Aircraft Company.
1997: ABB Power T&D Company Inc., Boeing Co., Michelin Americas Research & Development Corp., National Security Agency, Kodak.
1998: The Aerospace Corporation, Battelle Memorial Institute, FACE International Corp., Jenike & Johanson, Inc., Johnson & Johnson Co., D.H. Wagner Associates.
1999: The Aerospace Corporation, Battelle Memorial Institute, Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology, Jenike & Johanson, Inc., Michelin North America, National Security Agency.
2000: The Aerospace Corporation, Britannica.com, Inc., Duke University Medical Center, First Union Securities, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Jenike & Johanson, Inc.
2001: Bank of Montreal, Boeing, Duke University Medical Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, ICASE-NASA Langley Research Center, Michelin North America.
2002: CG Stat, Duke University Medical Center, Jenike & Johanson, Inc., Kirtland Airforce Base, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Sandia National Laboratories, Summus.
2003: Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago), Jenike & Johanson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, MCNC-Research and Development Institute, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institute of Statistical Sciences.