Applied mathematics concerns the application of mathematical tools and processes to the solution of problems of practical interest to society. Consequently, the applied mathematician frequently has one foot in an area of mathematics and the other in physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, or some other branch of applied science. The solution of scientific problems typically involves a four-fold process:
Thus the applied-math toolbox contains, among many other mathematical tools, modeling techniques, approximation theory, linear algebra, numerical analysis, probability and statistics, and optimization. The successful student whose major is applied mathematics should be well equipped for a variety of interesting career possibilities including university positions, industrial applied mathematics, and research in national laboratories.
Faculty research interests in Applied Mathematics & Modeling include:
Also, William and Mary's Institute for Integrative Bird Behavior Studies (iibbs) is a newly formed initiative bringing together researchers from Biology, Mathematics, School of Marine Sciences, and our Center for Conservation to study the behavioral ecology and conservation of populations and communities. Formed by several Applied Science affiliates, Professors Dan Cristol, John Swaddle and Sebastian Schreiber, the goals of iibbs/BioMath are to:
Formalize and strengthen William and Mary's expertise in behavior and ecology, particularly in relation to mathematical applications and modeling of populations and behaviors;
Provide strong, personalized mentorship for undergraduate and graduate students at the interface of biology and mathematics;
Provide inspiring educational and research opportunities for students, including Applied Science PhD students;
Support active collaboration among faculty and students from different disciplines and departments, particularly in BioMath areas which are of interest to Applied Science graduate students.
Recognizing the important overlap between computer science and operations research, the College offers an M.S. with a specialization in Computational Operations Research (COR) administered by the Computer Science Department in cooperation with the Department of Mathematics. Qualified students may elect to continue graduate work in operations research leading to a Ph.D. in either the Computer Science Department (with a computational emphasis) or the Applied Science Department (with an applied mathematics and modeling emphasis). These opportunities are facilitated by the participation of the departments of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Applied Science in the Computational Science Cluster, a federation of departments and schools at William & Mary committed to fostering research and education in computational science.
Science Training for Undergraduates in the Mathematical Sciences (CSUMS) is
a new collaborative program between the Departments of Mathematics, Applied
Science, and Computer Science at the
Follow the links below for information about our various research groups.