Posted on March 23, 2019

A team from the American School of Doha took the top prize at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar’s (CMU-Q) fourth annual Pi Day Mathematics Competition. Two teams from the DPS Modern Indian School came in second and third, and Qatar Academy rounded out the final four.

CMU-Q introduced the Pi Day Mathematics Competition in 2016 to encourage high school students to broaden their mathematical horizons in the spirit of friendly competition. This year’s competition was sponsored by Fifty One East, who presented the awards to the winners and finalists.

Daniel Lattouf, retail director at Fifty One East, remarked: “Fifty One East would like to encourage the young people of Qatar to embrace mathematics and problem solving. We are pleased to support Carnegie Mellon as they inspire high school students to challenge themselves in the area of math.” “We were very pleased with how hard the students worked this year,” said Hasan Dermirkoparan, associate teaching professor of mathematics at CMU-Q, and an organizer of the event. “All of the students, and especially the top four teams, showed their talent and tenacity and I congratulate each of them.”

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Co-organizer and assistant teaching professor of mathematics Zelealem Yilma noted: “It is gratifying to see close to 400 students actively engaged in mathematical problem solving on a weekend morning. We are delighted by how well the local community has embraced the Pi Day competition” The four teams who qualified for the final round scored the highest among 104 teams, representing 65 private, community, and independent schools from across Qatar. The four students on the winning team were: Andrew Awada, Ishwar Karthik, Aditya Kumaran and Mayank Kumaran. The team was mentored by Fernando Perez.

Pi Day is embraced by mathematicians and educators worldwide as an opportunity to celebrate and encourage learning in mathematics. Pi is written in symbol form as the Greek letter π, which represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, an infinite number rounded to 3.14. Pi Day falls on March 14 each year, or 3/14.