- The statistical genetics group is well-funded by the National Institutes of Health and is doing important research to determine the genetic basis of various diseases.
- Internationally known experts in discrete mathematics are on the faculty.
- Graduate courses are small, affording students plenty of individual attention.
Graduate Programs in Mathematical Sciences
Michigan Tech's Mathematical Sciences program is known for its emphasis in discrete mathematics, statistical genetics, computational fluid dynamics, financial mathematics, and other fields.
Mathematics and statistics are used in research to address a variety of problems. Some examples include using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to design cleaner diesel engines; using CFD to study flows in visco-elastic fluids and emulsions, including those important to the food industry; developing statistical methods and efficient computer algorithms to identify genes correlated with disease, including diabetes, hypertension, and Lou Gehrig’s disease; designing and analyzing error-correcting codes to improve the transport of information over noisy channels; studying combinatorial designs for applications such as product testing and scheduling; understanding and predicting trends on Wall Street; and using statistical methods to count wolf kill rates in Yellowstone National Park.
PhDs are earned through combining mathematics and high performance computing with research in a scientific or engineering discipline, graduate students can earn a PhD through the computational science and engineering program.
The department has a thorough training program for graduate teaching assistants. GTAs are carefully prepared for their instructional duties and for future teaching careers at the university level.