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  • Jackson-Hope Fund for Academics at Virginia Military Institute
    Math Resource Center The Writing Center Resources Registrar Financial Aid Canvas Login Dean s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Academics Home Jackson Hope Fund Video Testimonies Jackson Hope Stories Initiatives Funding Process About the Fund History Membership Jackson Hope Fund Warren J Bryan 71 VMI Foundation Inc Ph 540 464 7287 bbryan vmiaa org Academics P 540 464 7212 F 540 464 7719 Dean s Office 210 Smith Hall Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA 24450 About the Fund The Jackson Hope Fund was established in 2001 by a generous group of donors committed to making a transformative impact on the academic program at the Virginia Military Institute The Fund s founding members recognized that to make a great institution even better it must have support to develop innovative academic programs and to attract and retain the best and brightest faculty In order to provide this support they established the Fund with the sole purpose of supporting academics through grants awarded annually by the Fund s Board of Overseers Since its inception the Fund has provided over 7 million in grants in support of the Institute s academic program This support has been instrumental in the success of strategic academic initiatives such as promoting undergraduate research across the curriculum developing the academic study of leadership and creating several new academic minors Jackson Hope has also provided the resources to recruit retain and develop an outstanding faculty that is committed to undergraduate education Thanks in large part to Jackson Hope support the Institute has made great strides towards achieving the Vision 2039 goal of

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Jackson Hope Fund History
    Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Academics Home Jackson Hope Fund Video Testimonies Jackson Hope Stories Initiatives Funding Process About the Fund History Membership Jackson Hope Fund Warren J Bryan 71 VMI Foundation Inc Ph 540 464 7287 bbryan vmiaa org Academics P 540 464 7212 F 540 464 7719 Dean s Office 210 Smith Hall Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA 24450 Jackson Hope Fund History The Jackson Hope Fund reflects the legacy of the Jackson Hope Medals the highest academic awards presented at VMI These awards were created in 1876 the year of the nation s centennial through the generosity of a group of Englishmen who admired former VMI physics professor and Civil War Gen Thomas Jonathan Stonewall Jackson The Hon A J B Beresford Hope a member of the British Parliament authorized the establishment of the fund at VMI as a memorial to Jackson The First Jackson Hope Medal and The Second Jackson Hope Medal have been bestowed ever since upon the most academically distinguished cadets in each graduating class For well over a century the name Jackson Hope has represented high academic attainment by individual cadets In 2001 the concept of academic excellence was expanded by the creation of the Jackson Hope Fund as a 50 million component of the 175 million capital campaign Reveille A Call to Excel This is only the beginning for a unique venture capital arrangement that will advance academic excellence at VMI said George G Phillips Jr 60 chairman of Reveille and the Fund s Board of Overseers in 2001 The Jackson Hope Fund will function as a venture capital fund does in business The exception is that instead of

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Jackson Hope Fund Membership
    Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Academics Home Jackson Hope Fund Video Testimonies Jackson Hope Stories Initiatives Funding Process About the Fund History Membership Board of Overseers Jackson Hope Fund Warren J Bryan 71 VMI Foundation Inc Ph 540 464 7287 bbryan vmiaa org Academics P 540 464 7212 F 540 464 7719 Dean s Office 210 Smith Hall Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA 24450 Membership The Jackson Hope Fund operates under the auspices of the VMI Foundation Inc and is governed by an independent Board of Overseers comprised of voting members who are major donors to the fund and non voting members the presidents of the VMI Board of Visitors and the VMI Foundation Board and VMI staff Membership on the Board of Overseers may be granted to candidates presented to the Board by an existing Board member If the candidate receives a majority vote then he she is granted membership Participation as a Board member is an excellent opportunity to make a meaningful and

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  • Jackson-Hope Fund Initiatives at Virginia Military Institute
    Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Academics Home Jackson Hope Fund Video Testimonies Jackson Hope Stories Initiatives Faculty Development Faculty Positions Academic Programs Accreditation Academic Experience Funding Process About the Fund History Membership Jackson Hope Fund Warren J Bryan 71 VMI Foundation Inc Ph 540 464 7287 bbryan vmiaa org Academics P 540 464 7212 F 540 464 7719 Dean s Office 210 Smith Hall Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA 24450 Jackson Hope Fund Initiatives Initiatives The support provided by the Jackson Hope Fund is a source of inspiration and encouragement to the Institute s faculty and staff to develop as teachers and scholars who are able to stimulate and promote academic engagement among cadets To meet its goal of advancing academic excellence at the Virginia Military Institute the Board of Overseers has worked with the Dean of the Faculty to develop funding priorities for initiatives that boldly advance academic achievement The Fund has been used to support curricular and pedagogical innovations within traditional academic disciplines faculty development programming professorships in emerging areas of study and purchases of special equipment and computer resources Because of resources provided by the Jackson Hope Fund VMI s undergraduate research program grows stronger each year The result is an atmosphere of inspired teaching and purposeful learning that is reflected in VMI s high national rankings among colleges and universities The Jackson Hope Fund makes it possible for VMI to pursue initiatives that are essential to the vitality and long term success of our academic programs said Brig Gen R Wane Schneiter Deputy Superintendent for Academics and Dean of the Faculty With the help of Jackson Hope we have pursued key initiatives that make VMI a distinctive college such as promoting

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  • Jackson-Hope Fund Success Stories at Virginia Military Institute
    Counseling Career Services Disabilities Services Miller Academic Center Advising Math Resource Center The Writing Center Resources Registrar Financial Aid Canvas Login Dean s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Academics Home Jackson Hope Fund Video Testimonies Jackson Hope Stories Success Stories 2014 Success Stories 2013 Success Stories 2012 Success Stories 2011 Success Stories 2010 Success Stories 2009 Success Stories 2008 Success Stories Archives Initiatives Funding Process About the Fund History Membership Jackson Hope Fund Warren J Bryan 71 VMI Foundation Inc Ph 540 464 7287 bbryan vmiaa org Academics P 540 464 7212 F 540 464 7719 Dean s Office 210 Smith Hall Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA 24450 Jackson Hope Fund Stories Jackson Hope Stories Thanks to the Jackson Hope Fund VMI s academic program is flourishing in a time when other universities are trimming faculty and materials to balance budgets The Fund s reach is visible in nearly every academic department and most if not all of VMI s cadets are

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Building a Supercomputer a 'Humbling' Experience
    the 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings will be Ryan Poffenbarger 16 an applied math major and Chris Siebert 16 who s majoring in mechanical engineering Together the two cadets arrayed nine desktop PCs to act as a single high powered machine capable of solving complex mathematical problems Eleven more machines are to be added in the future as soon as the wiring is upgraded in the room where the supercomputer is stored Work on the supercomputer began in the fall of 2013 and was initially funded by a National Science Foundation grant that has since expired Funding for the wiring upgrade will come out of the applied mathematics department s budget It s cadet built and it s going to be cadet maintained Maj Randy Cone said of the supercomputer which he s nicknamed Rat Cone who is assistant professor of applied mathematics got the project going when he noticed a large number of computers sitting in the hall one day The machines were about to be sold at a surplus auction but thanks to Cone s intervention they were reassigned to the applied math department and repurposed for the supercomputer project First Rat is a resource for cadets to be able to learn about highperformance systems said Cone of the need for a supercomputer Second they need to learn to use the power of the system to solve hard problems Poffenbarger first got involved when he held an internship in the applied mathematics department last year that was funded by the NSF grant while Siebert didn t begin work on the supercomputer until the summer At that point neither cadet had extensive programming experience nor had either ever worked with Linux a free operating system preferred by many advanced computer users There s an enormous amount of open source community software that we had to get used to noted Poffenbarger He added It s been a very humbling experience with lots of frustration Persevering through that frustration the cadets have come up with a machine that s a model of efficiency Rat operates with a single machine acting as the brain that tells the others what to do Once the master machine has been given an assignment Poffenbarger explained it allocates the task into smaller chunks and assigns each to a computer These guys are just the workhorses said Poffenbarger gesturing to the eight machines that receive their instructions from the master The workers finish the problem and send it back to the master to consolidate the information and spit out your answer Both Siebert and Poffenbarger said that supercomputers are typically used for complex problems with many variables It s supposed to do very repetitive tasks large iterations said Siebert The go to example for scientific computing is predicting the weather explained Poffenbarger Your weather prediction is null if you can t get it out there before what you predict is going to happen Poffenbarger explained that getting an application to run on a supercomputer often involves changing the

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Math Professor Guides Cadet to International Publication
    Hope Prize for Excellence in Published Scholarly Work is only in his fourth year teaching at VMI but he s already guided one cadet to publishing his research in an international journal Lt Col Dimplekumar Chalishajar associate professor of applied mathematics worked alongside Cadet Andrew Stanford 16 to create a mathematical model of a diabetic s response to insulin treatment Their coauthored work Mathematical Analysis of Insulin Glucose Feedback System of Diabetes was published in the International Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences in July 2014 At the time the two began working together in the fall of 2013 Stanford was only a 3rd Class cadet but he d impressed Chalishajar so much during his 4th Class year that Chalishajar sought him out and asked if he d like to do independent research Stanford a civil engineering major and applied math minor didn t blanch at working outside of his field and neither did Chalishajar who at the time was new to the field of mathematical biology Teaching is just the best way of learning said Chalishajar of their collaboration I was not teaching my cadet I was just learning new things with him Stanford meanwhile was more than open to learning new things He and Chalishajar had discussed an engineering problem for an independent study but Stanford hadn t yet had all of the necessary civil engineering coursework to complete such a project He had though taken a college level biology course in high school since his alma mater Gar Field Senior High School in Prince William County Va offered an International Baccalaureate curriculum Neither Stanford nor Chalishajar understood how diabetes affects the various organs in the body though so the two received welcome assistance from Col Jim Turner Sr 65 head of the biology department at VMI Interactions and collaborations always give you a better idea noted Chalishajar Stanford explained that having a biologist s input was crucial to avoid producing a paper that had flawless math but a faulty understanding of the human body One of the chronic flaws with mathematicians and engineers as a whole is you can have a great process and great calculations but if you assumed wrong it means nothing said Stanford In addition Maj Geoff Cox assistant professor of applied mathematics provided help with coding in Matlab a computer program frequently used by mathematicians He just blew us out of the water said Stanford of Cox s contribution I tried to do what he did and I couldn t even get close With the paper now published Stanford is looking to the future and pondering his options He s contractually obligated both to the Army National Guard and the Virginia Department of Transportation s Engineering Scholar Program but graduate school seems a likely possibility down the road The independent study opened my eyes to what are the kinds of possibilities I can have in my life graduate school at least a master s said Stanford It s something I want to pursue

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Seeing the Beauty of the Equations
    see it in the equations maybe you can see it in the art she observed Fractals are used in video games and computer generated graphics things that most people find entertaining and artistic The class taught by Maj Julie Brown assistant professor English Rhetoric and Humanistic Studies learned the basic mathematical concepts behind the fractals they see in art Herald also showed them how to construct a cube shaped fractal out of business cards The fractals Brown s class made are part of a larger project combining fractals made by Herald s math classes and extending beyond The project MegaMenger sponsored by Queen Mary University in London and MoMath The National Museum of Mathematics in New York seeks to build a virtual Level 4 fractal with schools sharing their Level 3 constructions through social media We re trying to get a lot of people that aren t necessarily fond of math to participate just to see that math is not that bad explained Herald I have one cadet who finds making fractals extremely relaxing She has been taking a lot of cards and working really diligently on it Herald collected 50 000 cards in preparation for the project The construction process begins with cubes each made from six business cards Once 20 of the cubes are made they are combined to form a Level 1 fractal This process takes about an hour said Herald Twenty of the Level 1 fractals make a Level 2 and 20 Level 2 fractals make a Level 3 The project s culminating event was a big build Oct 25 and 26 when cadets who d been building fractals outside class brought them to Preston Library for seven hour build sessions combining their individual work into a Level 3 fractal that measured about 5 feet square

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