Goldsworthy honored as outstanding mathematics student


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The Adams State College Chemistry, Computer Science and Mathematics Department recently awarded senior Ryan Goldsworthy the 2010/2011 Outstanding Mathematics Student Award.

According to Dr. Matt Nehring, Computer Science and Mathematics Department chair, in 1998, alumnus Bob Weems '56, and his wife, Thelma, established the "Dr. Merle Milligan Outstanding Mathematics Student Award" in honor of a long-time mathematics professor. Weems specified the faculty annually honor a top mathematics student who then receives an unrestricted $1,000 grant.  Goldsworthy, graduates in May with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics-computer science. "Ryan has been a hard working and dedicated student since arriving on campus as a freshmen," Nehring said. 

Goldsworthy said he uses his math skills to improve computer code and understands a good math background makes him a more effective computer scientist. He credits his professors in providing the tools needed to be successful, including access to some fast super computers, allowing him to pursue advanced computer projects. "The professors also challenge me to do my very best and tackle the most difficult problems."

His senior thesis delves into face recognition programming using the department's new super computers. "He is doing graduate level work on his senior thesis," said Dr. Susan Loveland, assistant professor of computer science. She praises Goldsworthy as an excellent student, at the top of the class in terms of exams, programming assignments, and homework. "He is probably the only student in the department that has mastered parallel programming in CUDA," Loveland added.

Goldsworthy worked as a lab assistant for a number of years, helping faculty members install software in the labs and troubleshooting problems. "Many faculty members rely on him for help that falls outside of the range of his duties," Loveland said. Goldsworthy also volunteers as a judge at the science fair, at ACME club activities, and at the Great Sand Dunes robotics competition. 

Goldsworthy received the Loser Family Mathematics Scholarship for two years and was selected as a Porter Scholar for his senior year. After graduation, he plans to continue to work in the software engineering field and would enjoy training local people in software engineering.