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A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value. —Isaac Asimov

Mathematical Sciences—MS, PhD

Fast Facts

  • 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.

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Graduate Programs in Mathematical Sciences

Michigan Tech's Mathematical Sciences program is uniquely known for its emphasis in computational mathematics, statistical genetics, and combinatorics.

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; and developing monitoring plans for wildlife populations.

The department is affiliated with the Computational Science and Engineering program, in which students combine mathematics and high performance computing to solve real engineering or science problems.

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.

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