An applied mathematics degree opens up a world of opportunities, as the skills permit the transcending of disciplinary boundaries.
The Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics is an integral part of many research efforts throughout the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, as well as other Northwestern schools such as the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and Feinberg School of Medicine.
Our focus on applying mathematics to today's problems, and developing new mathematical approaches to meet the challenges of new problems, provide an unparalleled opportunity for our students to appreciate and understand the diverse applications of mathematics, which make applied math an important and stimulating discipline.
The department offers coursework in applied mathematics. It administers an undergraduate program leading to a bachelor of science in applied mathematics. The applied mathematics program is intended to provide the knowledge necessary for applying mathematical ideas and techniques to the problems that arise in engineering or science.
A host of McCormick-wide special programs are also available to undergraduate students.
The department offers two graduate programs in engineering sciences and applied mathematics: a master of science program and a doctoral program. Qualified students with backgrounds in engineering, mathematics, or science are eligible for admission to either program.
The master of science program is designed for students who want a background in basic applied math skills but are not necessarily interested in pursuing PhD studies. The PhD program is designed for students who want to pursue research in applied math at the highest level.
The faculty members in the Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics include a member of the National Academy of Engineering, fellows of societies such as the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the American Physical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Mechanics, editors of a host of journals, and have recevied many awards and prizes, such as the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, and NSF Career Award winners.
Faculty and students regularly interact with researchers in other departments, using experiments to motivate and validate mathematical modeling, as well as spurring experiments to observe new phenomena predicted by the models. Collaborators can be found in virtually all science and engineering departments within Northwestern, as well as in universities and laboratories throughout the country and the world.
The department conducts research in a number of areas, including fluid dynamics, complex systems, earth sciences, mathematical biology, and social systems, among other areas.
The department hosts the Applied Math Colloquium and the Edward L. Reiss Memorial Lectures in Applied Mathematics.