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.
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
- 29 tenured and tenure track faculty members
- 7 full time non-tenure track faculty members
- 6 post-doctoral scholars
- 28 PhD students
- 111 master’s students
- 129 undergraduate majors
- $1,617,849 in sponsored research awarded in FY2017
Degrees & Certificates
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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
NPR Hartford reported on Andrew Trapp, associate professor of operations and industrial engineering, developing analytical tools to estimate capacities for holding sites, judges, and other resources needed to humanely process migrant asylum cases at the U.S. southern border.
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.
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.