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1994 Mathematical Association
Certificate for Meritorious Service
Paul T. Mielke
The Mathematical Association of America is pleased to recognize the outstanding
service of Paul T. Mielke to the MAA and to the Indiana Section by presenting
him with this Certificate of Meritorious Service.
Paul T. Mielke lives in Crawfordsville,
Indiana, where he is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Wabash College.
He attended Wabash College, where he earned his bachelor's degree, and
he received his Ph. D. from Purdue University where he specialized in
analysis. His mathematical career, except for a brief period he spent
working in the aircraft industry, has been concentrated on the mathematical
education and enlightenment of young people, especially at Wabash College.
As chairman, he lead his department through a significant period of growth
and was influential in starting the college's computer center.
During his nearly five decades
of membership in the Mathematical Association of America, Professor Mielke
has actively contributed at the national and sectional levels. Both informally
and formally, he has been a constant source of organization, decorum,
and inspiration within the Indiana Section. He served the Section as Secretary-Treasurer
from 1960 to 1966, as Vice-Chair from 1968 to 1969, and as Governor from
1972 to 1975. At the national level he served as the Executive Director
of the MAA Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics (CUPM),
and he was an associate editor for the American Mathematical Monthly.
At Wabash College in 1965 he founded "The Friendly Mathematics Competition,"
a collegiate mathematical problem-solving competition, which has been
held annually among teams from schools in Indiana since 1966 and is now
known as "The Indiana College Mathematics Competition." Although now officially
sponsored by the Indiana Section, the ICMC continues to be nurtured by
Professor Mielke, who personally provides the winning team with book prizes
and his own hand-crafted wooden plaques and who annually updates a history
of the competition. At its Spring 1993 meeting the Indiana Section was
honored to present to him its first annual Distinguished Service Award.
Paul T. Mielke is a source
of pride for his college, his community, and his profession. For his continuous
commitment to the advancement of mathematics, to mathematics education,
and to the MAA, he is deserving of this recognition.
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