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Andrew Forche wins first ever Rick Riolo Memorial Fund Prize!

With his project “Modeling Policies to Mitigate an Epidemic and the Role of Non-Compliance” Andrew Forche is our inaugural winner!
Andrew Forche

After a very emotional fundraising effort in 2018, friends, colleagues, family and especially students of Rick ('Mario' to some!) very generously gave more than the $25,000 needed to start an endowed fund in Rick's name. See the articles at bottom to learn more about Rick and the establishment of this prize.

The Center for the Study of Complex Systems is pleased to announce that Andrew Forche is the recipient of the first Rick Riolo Memorial Fund Prize. 

The review committee was impressed with Andrew Forche's project “Modeling Policies to Mitigate an Epidemic and the Role of Non-Compliance” which he describes as "agent-based modeling and machine learning used to learn how to apply virus response strategies in a way that protects both the population and the economy". Andrew completed this research to fulfill the Capstone Project requirement needed to complete his degree.

Andrew is a senior in The College of Engineering - Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) program and will graduate this spring with a job already lined up as a software engineer. Andrew is the recipient of a $1000 cash prize (and some great CSCS swag!). Congratulations Andrew!

The committee received several excellent submissions. For this reason, they decided in this inaugural year to also award a $500 second prize to Jingyi Gao for her excellent  project “Generating a Fractal Tree.” Congratulations Jingyi!

Articles about the establishment of the Rick Riolo Memorial Fund

In Memoriam, Rick L. Riolo 1950-2018 LINK

A Love Story, UM 'Giving Blueday' took place Nov. 27, 2019. We chose this day to publicly announce and kick off the Rick Riolo Memorial Fund (RRMF).  It Turned out to be quite a day.  LINK

Announcing the Rick Riolo Memorial Fund, The Rick Riolo Memorial Fund (RRMF) has been established to honor Research Professor Rick Riolo who passed away on August 25, 2018. The fund will kick off on Giving Blueday November 27 with a special lecture by Scott Page. LINK

Complex Systems joins UM Giving Blueday to kick off the Rick Riolo Memorial Fund, In this, the third year of UM Giving Blueday - we invite our friends and colleagues to join the movement in a special way. This Giving Blueday will kick off the Rick Riolo Memorial Fund. LINK

Release Date: 12/03/2021
Tags: Complex Systems