Known for our distinguished faculty, interdisciplinary breadth, focus on applied mathematics research, and strong connections to industry, the WPI Mathematical Sciences Department prepares students to solve 21st-century problems with cutting-edge technical skills and creativity.

Our diverse undergraduate and graduate programs bring together enthusiastic faculty, postdoctoral scholars, industry experts, and students who are making discoveries and advancing knowledge and applications across a broad range of areas.

The department is as old as the university itself and has experienced dynamic growth and gained international recognition for diverse research initiatives while maintaining a friendly community that supports the unique goals of each student.

Degrees & Certificates

Area of Study Bachelor Minor Certificate Master PhD
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Professor Lurie Featured in WPI Journal

Professor of Mathematical Sciences Konstantin Lurie turns to the natural world for new examples of dynamic materials. Learn more about his life and career in the Winter 2017 issue of the WPI Journal.

Career Outlook

As mathematics and statistics are everywhere, so too are WPI’s Mathematical Sciences graduates. With WPI’s unique project-based model combining theoretical learning with practical application, as well as collaboration between students and faculty working on well-funded research projects, graduates are in demand across a diversity of industries in addition to academia. Find out more about the career trajectories of alumni in our program areas

The Life of a Scientist

Mathematical sciences professor Suzanne Weekes and student Natalie Wellen '17 are among more than a dozen members of the WPI scientific community who shared what being a scientist--and a mathematician--means to them. 

News

Randy Paffenroth, associate professor of mathematical sciences at WPI, holds a carbon-based sheet known as Miralon®, which is used in a variety of spacecraft applications. alt
Randy Paffenroth, associate professor of mathematical sciences at WPI, holds a carbon-based sheet known as Miralon®, which is used in a variety of spacecraft applications.
August 22, 2019

Media Coverage

WBZ radio interviewed Randy Paffenroth, associate professor of mathematical sciences, computer science, and data science, on his work to make NASA spacecraft lighter and more damage tolerant. “Any mission that NASA wants to do, they have to build spacecraft out of materials, and they want those materials to be stronger, to improve the safety of the spacecraft,” Paffenroth told WBZ. WPI, he said, helps make the materials even better.

WBZ News Radio

The Telegram & Gazette talked to John Goulet, teaching professor of Mathematical Sciences and Coordinator, Master of Mathematics for Educators Program, and Kristin Tichenor, senior vice president of Undergraduate Admissions, about WPI's reduction in its Mathematics for Educators degree program, which aims to reverse declining enrollment in the program. 

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Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics

The Mathematical Sciences Department is home to the Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics (CIMS), a resource that serves as a bridge between academia and industry, bringing together students, faculty members, and corporate partners to solve real-world problems involving sophisticated mathematics.

Open Positions

We encourage you to be part of the Math Department. See our open job opportunities.