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.

Mathematical Sciences at WPI by the Numbers

  • 28 tenured and tenure track faculty members
  • 5 full time non-tenure track faculty members
  • 10 post-doctoral scholars
  • 24 PhD students
  • 102 master’s students
  • 177 undergraduate majors
  • $1,057,195 in sponsored research awarded in FY2016

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 means to them. 

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:

Mathematical Sciences Research Seminars

The WPI Mathematical Sciences Department hosts several research seminar series. We invite you to take a look at what seminars are currently scheduled. For further information regarding Mathematical Sciences seminars please contact the main office at 508-831-5241 or ma-questions@wpi.edu

Levi L. Conant Lecture Series

This lecture series is named after Levi L. Conant, former head of the Mathematics Department and WPI President.  Known for numerous published works and his contributions to the American Mathematics Society, AMS created an award in his honor to recognize his achievements.  Please refer to the event details for more information.

Harold J. Gay Lecture Series

Named for former WPI Mathematics Professor Harold J. Gay, this lecture series highlights both classical milestones and contemporary trends in the research, development, and applications of differential equations and fractals. Explore past lectures.
 

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.