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What is Applied Mathematics?

“Applied mathematicians develop and utilize mathematically rigorous methods, modeling insight, and computational algorithms to solve real-world problems.”
—Fred J. Hickernell, Professor of Applied Mathematics at Illinois Tech

Applied mathematicians refer not only to our faculty, but also to the students as well. All students, both graduate and undergraduate, are encouraged to take part in an applied mathematics-related research project or internship. With a mix of faculty specializing in applied analysis, computational mathematics, discrete mathematics, stochastics, and statistics, courses that cover these modern concepts attract both applied mathematicians and students from application areas. Dispersing pollutants in the environment, designing new materials, valuing an investment portfolio, and routing messages through the internet with more efficiency are just a few of the real-world problems that applied mathematicians solve at Illinois Tech.

Advantages of studying applied mathematics at Illinois Tech include:

  • Personal attention and small class sizes
  • A curriculum that combines courses in mathematics with those in application areas
  • A weekly departmental colloquium, featuring experts from all over the world, and several research seminars, where students and faculty discuss their latest research
  • Student organizations such as the student chapters of the Association for Women in Mathematics, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the American Statistical Association, and the Machine Learning Student Club, where students explore intriguing aspects of mathematics and participate in mathematics competitions
  • The world-class city of Chicago, a global hub of business, technology, academics, and culture.

Find out more about our department by taking a look at our web pages, and feel free to contact our faculty and students.