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.
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
Randy Paffenroth, associate professor of mathematical sciences, computer science, and data science, told Boston-based WBZ radio how he is helping the U.S. Army create a thumbnail-sized chemical sensor to protect soldiers. In the five-minute segment, he noted that he is using a “combination of classic and new math to extract from these many sensors what’s in the environment.”
In an audio segment on the cost of higher education from Inside Higher Ed, Dean Art Heinricher, undergraduate studies, discussed the value of project-based learning. “Project-based learning works because it’s more than a pedagogical approach, more than a way to teach better. It’s a fundamental survival skill for the future our graduates must build,” he said.
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.