The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition

Announcement of winners of the seventy-second competition held on December 3, 2011

Winning Teams

Rank

School

Team Members (in alphabetical order)

1

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Eric K. Larson, Evan M. O'Dorney, and Alex (Lin) Zhai

2

CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIVERSITY

Michael T. Druggan, Albert Gu, and Archit U. Kulkarni

3

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Zarathustra E. Brady, Samuel S. Elder, and Brian R. Lawrence

4

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Seok Hyeong Lee, Gyujin Oh, and Lyuboslav N. Panchev

5

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Vlad Firoiu, Colin P. Sandon, and Jacob N. Steinhardt

The first place team receives an award of $25,000 and each member of the team receives $1,000. The awards for second place are $20,000 and $800; for third place $15,000 and $600; for fourth place $10,000 and $400; and for fifth place $5,000 and $200.

In each of the following categories, the listing is in alphabetical order.

The Putnam Fellows--The Five Highest Ranking Individuals

Each receives an award of $2,500.

SAMUEL S. ELDER

California Institute of Technology

BRIAN R. LAWRENCE

California Institute of Technology

SEOK HYEONG LEE

Stanford University

XIAOSHENG MU

Yale University

EVAN M. O'DORNEY

Harvard University

The Next Nine Highest Ranking Individuals

Each receives an award of $1,000.

MICHAEL T. DRUGGAN

Carnegie-Mellon University

RAVI K. FERNANDO

Stanford University

ALBERT F. GU

Carnegie-Mellon University

BENJAMIN P. GUNBY

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

BRIAN C. HAMRICK

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MITCHELL M. LEE

Carnegie-Mellon University

XUE (BAKU) LIU

Princeton University

PALMER C. MEBANE

Harvey Mudd College

JONATHAN T. SCHNEIDER

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Next Nine Highest Ranking Individuals

Each receives an award of $250.

BENJAMIN C. ALPERT

Carnegie-Mellon University

VLAD FIROIU

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MENDEL M. FRIEDMAN

Touro College

MICHAEL Z.R. GOTTLIEB

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

VLADISLAV O. KONTSEVOI

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

ZIPEI NIE

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

DAVID S. ROLNICK

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

FEI SONG

University of Virginia

ALEX (LIN) ZHAI

Harvard University

Honorable Mention: Teams

HARVEY MUDD COLLEGE

Craig Burkhart, Sorathan Chaturapruek, and Palmer C. Mebane

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Karlming Chen, Ronnie Chen, and Aram Ebtekar

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR

Paul Lewis, Nicholas Triantafillou, and Zeyin Zhang

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Casey Mihaloew, Christopher Olund, and Fei Song

WILLIAMS COLLEGE

Carlos Dominguez, Jared Hallett, and Liyang Zhang

Honorable Mention: Individuals

ALEXANDER G. ANDERSON, Washington University, St. Louis

CASEY M. MIHALOEW, University of Virginia

NOAH M. ARBESFELD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

TUDOR PADURARIU, University of California, Los Angeles

HARRISON R. BROWN, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

LYUBOSLAV N. PANCHEV, Stanford University

SIYUAN CAI, Northwestern University

GREGORY A. PEAIRS, Stanford University

WESLEY H. CAO, Princeton University

AARON D. PRIBADI, Harvey Mudd College

JEFFREY CHEN, Stanford University

TIMOTHY B. REYNOLDS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

RUIYUAN CHEN, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

ZEV S. ROSENGARTEN, Princeton University

PAUL F. CHRISTIANO, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

COLIN P. SANDON, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

CESAR A. CUENCA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

WILLIAM A. SCHLIEPER, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

THEODORE M. DOKOS, The Ohio State University

JEFFREY D. SHEN, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

AKASHNIL DUTTA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

XIAOLIN SHI, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

PETER Z. FEDAK, Harvey Mudd College

JONATHAN W. SIEGEL, University of California, Santa Cruz

GREGORY J. GAUTHIER, Vanderbilt University

DEYAN S. SIMEONOV, Stanford University

WHAN GHANG, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

JIALIN SONG, University of Toronto

TRAVIS J. HANCE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

WARUT SUKSOMPONG, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

YANGZHOU HU, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MATTHEW C. SUPERDOCK, Princeton University

JIAOYANG HUANG, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

NOAH J. TAYLOR, The Ohio State University

HYUN SUB HWANG, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

NICHOLAS G. TRIANTAFILLOU, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

TIAN-YI D. JIANG, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

BOGDAN VEKLYCH, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

ZHAORONG JIN, California Institute of Technology

MARK L. VELEDNITSKY, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

SUPANAT KAMTUE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

DANIEL R. VITEK, Duke University

ARCHIT U. KULKARNI, Carnegie-Mellon University

TENGYAO WANG, Princeton University

REED S. LAFLECHE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

TIANQI WU, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

ERIC K. LARSON, Harvard University

KERRY K. XING, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

ALEXANDER S. LEAF, Princeton University

ALLEN L. YUAN, Harvard University

HOLDEN LEE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

TONG ZHAN, Yale University

SHIYU LI, University of California, Berkeley

QIUYI ZHANG, Princeton University

BOWEI LIU, Princeton University

ZEYIN ZHANG, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

CHENG MAO, University of California, Los Angeles

ANDY ZHU, Princeton University

Elizabeth Lowell Putnam Prize

Winner receives an award of $1,000.

FEI SONG

University of Virginia

Questions Committee

Izabella Laba (Chair), University of British Columbia; and George T. Gilbert, Texas Christian University, and Djordje Milićević, Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik.

A total of 4440 students from 572 colleges and universities in Canada and the United States participated in the Competition. There were teams from 460 institutions. More complete details will appear in the American Mathematical Monthly.

March 7, 2012
Leonard F. Klosinski, Director; Gerald L. Alexanderson and Mark Krusemeyer, Associate Directors
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